When Coulter Grove Intermediate opens, Deana Bishop will join principal Ramona Best as one of the key administrators for the school.
Bishop, who currently serves as special projects coordinator at Sam Houston Elementary, will become the new schools first assistant principal, according to a March 22 press release from Maryville City Schools.
Bishop is a native of Maryville and comes from a long line of educators and educational administrators - following in the footsteps of her father, grandfather and grandmother. “I am very excited to be a part of the team that will shape a new concept for fourth through 7 schooling and create a nurturing environment where all students feel safe and are challenged,” she said.
Bishop began her career in the Maryville City Schools 19 years ago as an intern at Sam Houston Elementary. Her journey has taken her beyond the fourth grade classroom to include administrative responsibilities such as Title I data analyst, technology coordinator, administrator of RTI and coordinator of research based reading programs.
In addition to the professional degrees already earned at the University of Tennessee, Bishop is slated to complete the final requirements to earn the Educational Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University later this year. Deana and her husband, Roger Bishop, make their home in Maryville with their daughters Julia and Livy.
In a statement received from Assistant Director of Schools, Dr. Mike Winstead said, “Deana Bishop brings skills and experience to the new Intermediate program team that will help get our students and staff off to a running start. She has proven herself as an education leader, technologist, and innovator. Opening a new school offers a unique set of challenges, but we believe Deana is uniquely qualified to work with Dr. Best as they partner to make Coulter Grove a thriving learning environment - a great place to work and learn.”