2019 Regional Superintendents of the Year

Sunday evening, at the 2018 TOSS Awards Banquet, the 2019 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year will be announced.  The 8 finalists, one from each region of the state, are listed below.  Congratulations to you all on your hard work and dedication that has led to this recognition.  We are so proud of each one of you.  

 EAST  Dr. Brian Bell (Alcoa City Schools)


Dr. Brian Bell (Alcoa City Schools)

 MID-CUMBERLAND  Dr. Linda Gilbert (Murfreesboro City Schools)


Dr. Linda Gilbert (Murfreesboro City Schools)

 SOUTH CENTRAL  Dr. Dan Lawson (Tullahoma City Schools)


Dr. Dan Lawson (Tullahoma City Schools)

 SOUTHWEST  Warner Ross II (Hardeman County Schools)


Warner Ross II (Hardeman County Schools)

 FIRST  Steve Starnes (Greeneville City Schools)


Steve Starnes (Greeneville City Schools)

 NORTHWEST  Neel Durbin (Dyersburg City Schools)


Neel Durbin (Dyersburg City Schools)

 SOUTHEAST  Dr. Linda Cash (Bradley County Schools)


Dr. Linda Cash (Bradley County Schools)

 UPPER CUMBERLAND  Tony Boles (Macon County Schools) 


Tony Boles (Macon County Schools) 

Platinum Partner Spotlight: Odysseyware

A recent addition to TOSS's Platinum Partner Program is Odysseyware, and we're so excited to be working with them! 

Odysseyware is committed to providing educators the most flexible, customizable, effective curriculum and instructional tools in K-12 education.  They focus on the whole learner including blended learning, social-emotional learning, competency learning, academy services, college and career readiness, and credit recovery.

Right now, they're working with several districts, including Anderson County, Campbell County, Cannon County, Cheatham County, Chester County, Shelby County, DeKalb County, Greene County, Grundy County, Humphreys County, Jefferson County, Johnson City, Kingsport City, Lauderdale County, Fayette County, Haywood County, Loudon County, Marion County, Polk County, Roane County, Smith County, Tipton County, Warren County, and White County. 

"White County is in its 3rd year of contracted software services with this company and have been very pleased with the functionality of the program, quality of courseware, delivery of training services, and technical assistance we have received from the Odysseyware team. Currently White County uses the Odysseyware program to support middle and high school students. This program is pivotal in our alternative education setting, credit recovery, and RTI program. This coming year, we have expanded our arsenal to include Class Pace, a new individualized portion of the Odysseyware platform. We expect that Class Pace will meet many of our needs in terms of differentiation in our K-8 classrooms. Training and site visits are well coordinated and tailored to fit the needs of our teachers. In addition, we know that our assigned Odysseyware consultant is always a phone call away when we have questions or concerns about curriculum and support for our teachers. White County Schools recommends Odysseyware as an online service provider. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns." - Kurt Dronebarger (White County Schools) 

If you would like to learn more, reach out to their representative Dr. Rosemary Williams (rwilliams@odysseyware.com). 


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The Superintendent Spotlight for July is Robert Greene.  Though he has served as a superintendent in multiple districts in Tennessee, starting in 1981, he came out of retirement last year to take on the position in Dayton City.    

As a recent addition to the school system, Robert and his team have been working to build the instructional program from the ground up.  

Since they are a district of one school, Robert loves that his office is in the school with the students.  He also enjoys training the new principals and seeing them grow.  Some of Robert's best memories from his superintendency come from time spent with his awesome administrators that he has had the opportunity to hire, train, and get to know over the years. 

AASA Women in Leadership Awards

Let’s show the entire country how hard we are working to improve education in Tennessee.  Join me in nominating our women leaders for the AASA “Women in School Leadership Awards”.

The AASA Awards for Women in School Leadership, sponsored by Horace Mann and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, recognize female educators whose talent, creativity and vision are exemplary.  Three awards are presented annually at the AASA National Conference on Education.

Nominations must be completed online at http://womensleadership.aasa.org/, and may be submitted as soon as possible.  The final deadline for submission of nominations and applications is October 12, 2018.

Three awards are available for women who are front-line female leaders who make a difference in the lives of students every day.”

Three awards are available:                                                                               

  1. The Superintendent Award---awarded to any female superintendent who meets the selection criteria for the AASA award.
  2. The Central Office/Principal Award--- awarded to any female central office or building level leader. Titles eligible for this award might be assistant superintendent, central office administrator, school based principal/assistant principal, etc.
  3. The School Driven Leadership Award--- awarded to a female non-superintendent/principal in a leadership role. Equivalent job titles may include: Guidance Chair, Supervisor, etc. Leaders at this level may be nominated or may apply themselves.

Each candidate is judged on the following criteria:

  • Leadership for Learning
  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Community Involvement

Nominees will submit an application online at http://womensleadership.aasa.org/

Nominees must submit their applications by October 12, 2018.

Finalist will be announced on November 19, 2018.

The winners will be announced at the AASA conference on Friday, February 15, 2019. Winners receive a plaque, a check for $1,000 and travel and lodging for the AASA conference in February.

Platinum Partner Spotlight: Education Elements

This month, we're spotlighting TOSS's newest Platinum Partner, Education Elements!  

Education Elements is a national education consulting firm.  Founded in 2010, they have worked with more than 36 states, 150 districts, and 650 schools.  Most of the work they do focuses on helping schools and districts to design and implement blended and personalized learning instructional models.  They also help districts, regional service centers, and state education departments with curriculum adoption, competency-based education, leadership development, and strategic planning. 

Education Elements is currently working with Putnam County Schools to design and implement personalized learning at their five middle schools. 

They look forward to supporting you, your work, and your schools across Tennessee!

If you would like to learn more, reach out to their representative Angela Chubb (angela@edelements.com).