Positions filled on Maryville City Schools leadership team

Two leadership positions were filled recently in the Maryville City School System.

Stephanie Thompson, director of schools, named Dr. Mike Winstead as assistant director of schools and Dr. Ramona Best as principal at Fort Craig Elementary School. Both will begin work in the Maryville City School system this summer.

“Dr. Winstead and Dr. Best are strong additions to our leadership team. Dr. Best has a wealth of experiences to share at Fort Craig and is a people-person who will work especially well with our students, staff and families at the elementary level,” Thompson said. “The skills and expertise Mike Winstead will bring to the Central Office will both complement our current staff and bring an additional dimension of excellence to our school system.”

Winstead has worked in a variety of key roles in the Knox County Schools since 1994. Most recently, he served as director of Curriculum and Accountability. His experience as a math teacher started at King George High School in Virginia during the early 90’s. Prior to that, he worked in Oak Ridge as a research intern and in Charlottesville, Va., as a graduate assistant in the Math Department at the University of Virginia. Winstead earned a B.S. in Mathematics from ETSU, M.S. in Applied Mathematics from UVA, and his Ph.D in Education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

After graduating from Greenback High School as salutatorian, Ramona Goddard Best earned a B.S. in Human Ecology and M.S. in Education from UT-K. She later studied at Tennessee Technological University and East Tennessee State University, earning the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Best has served as teacher, principal, and instructional supervisor in the Loudon County Schools. She has also taught at the college level for both Tennessee Tech and Lincoln Memorial University.

“We are facing a variety of opportunities and challenges over the next few years, including everything from growth to funding issues to fully embedding technology in our classrooms. We are anxious to get Dr. Winstead and Dr. Best on board and engaged in working with our teams to turn our challenges into opportunities and our opportunities into strengths,” Thompson said.

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