Stacy D. Edwards
Andrew Johnson Elementary School
Kingsport City Schools
Dr. Stacy Edwards has served the Kingsport community as a teacher and an administrator since 1998. As principal of John F. Kennedy Elementary, Edwards led a successful turnaround effort, transforming a state report card of D’s and F’s to one of all A’s and B’s within three years. Now principal of Andrew Johnson Elementary School (AJES) for the last seven years, Edwards has led his school to statewide recognition for outstanding growth as a Tennessee DOE Reward School. AJES has also earned distinction for equity under Edwards’s leadership, named a 2018 National ESEA Distinguished School for excellence in serving special populations. These accomplishments reflect Edwards’ commitment to improving instruction and cultivating collaborative professional development. In 2013, AJES led the way for the district as the first site for instructional rounds, yielding generative feedback rooted in a broad, data-driven strategy of school improvement. Faced with challenges such as the loss of Title I funds, Edwards has leveraged community relationships to meet the resource needs of the school while contributing to the broader improvement of public education. By partnering with a local university to create the Kingsport Teaching Academy, he successfully recuperated support staff while creating an alternative to traditional student teaching. Edwards holds an Ed.D. from Lipscomb University, an M.A. in Education from Cumberland University, and B.S. and Specialist degrees in Education from East Tennessee State University.