With 36 years of service as an educator and the last decade spent as the principal of Maryville Intermediate School, Jan Click announced April 21 that she is stepping down.
In addition to serving as MIS principal for the past ten years, Click also served as principal at Sam Houston Elementary from 1986 until Maryville Intermediate opened in 2000. At MIS, Click developed a new adventure-based learning program for the award winning school on Montgomery Lane.
“You can see Jan’s attention to detail and thoughtful planning throughout MIS,” said Director of Schools Stephanie Thompson. “Maryville Intermediate School’s success is a testament to Mrs. Click’s leadership. We will miss her wisdom, her professionalism and especially the words of encouragement she so freely offered - words of great value, coming from such a great mentor and friend.”
In addition to teaching positions in the Knox County Schools during the early part of her career, Click also held several positions at the state level for the Department of Education. In 1980 she was appointed by then Gov. Lamar Alexander as the first teacher representative on the Basic Skills Task Force - a group that worked on the state’s first comprehensive reading and math curriculum for grades K-8. Click also worked on implementation efforts for the Basic Skills and Career Ladder programs. From 1983 to 1986 she worked as director of the East Tennessee Regional Office of the State Department of Education.
Maryville Board of Education member Carolyn McAmis worked closely with the staff at MIS in the past ten years as a parent and clinic volunteer. “Jan will be greatly missed, but long remembered for her leadership style and passion for excellence. Her shoes will be huge to fill,” McAmis said.
Click has been married to Larry Click, owner of Click Funeral Homes in Farragut, Lenoir City, Hardin Valley and Tellico Village, for 33 years. They have two daughters who graduated from Maryville High School. Both Rachel and Farrell are now married. Rachel will receive her Doctorate in Medicine from Virginia Tech in a few weeks. Farrell is a graduate of ETSU and works for Target Corporation as a Human Resources Officer.
In a statement from Jan Click, she said, “It has truly been the highest honor for me to have served as a school principal in this community. During my years of service in the Maryville City Schools we have experienced tremendous growth. We continue to invite innovation, while building on our trademark traditions. I will always be grateful to have shared in these exciting experiences with our teachers, students, and parents. My heart will be with you in the future.”