Occupation: Assistant principal at Eagleton Middle School
Family: Married to Brooke Young, a teacher at Maryville High School
Jon Young knew what he wanted to do early in life.
Young is assistant principal at Eagleton Middle School. His dad, Rick Young, is a teacher at William Blount High School.
“When I was growing up, he was also a youth football coach with the Fairview Raiders and that got me into wanting to be a coach and teacher. My brother, Justin Young, is head baseball coach at William Blount High School. Education just kind of runs through us,” he says.
Jon Young says there was a teacher at Carpenters Middle School who also influenced him.
“I had a really good teacher growing up. Dodd Crowe was my sixth, seventh and eighth grade Social Studies teacher. He got me excited about Social Studies,” Young says. “That really drew me to education.”
Young says he got a lot of his work ethic from watching his mother, Sharon Young, as she worked at Blount Memorial Hospital full-time while also earning a nursing degree at a program through Maryville College. “My mom is the hardest working person I’ve ever met,” he says.
Young says his dad also was a strong influence in his life. “My dad has always taught me things I needed to be a man. He has coached youth football for close to 40 years, and I was always with him,” Young says. “I wanted to be like my dad.”
Young says his wife, Brooke, makes him want to be a better person. “She is definitely the kindest person I’ve ever met. She supports me in everything I do, and I try to be as good a husband to her as she is a wife to me,” he says.
Eagleton Middle School is a school to be proud of, Young says. “Becky Stone (principal) will tell you that school is her mission, and it has trickled down to the rest of the faculty. There are people who go to work everyday wanting to do the right thing and make a difference in those kids’ lives,” he says.
Here is Jon Young:
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“My favorite movie is ‘Braveheart,’ and I still get fired up when I see the last part of the movie when Mel Gibson’s character yells ‘Freedom’ right before they execute him.”
What are you guilty of?
“I try to keep up with professional wrestling. It started out as a way to connect to some of my kids at school, but I’m afraid that I could become addicted to it if I’m not careful.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My great-aunt gave my wife and me a quilt that had been pieced by my great-great-grandmother as a wedding present.”
What are you reading currently?
“Inky Johnson’s book, ‘Inky: an Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance.’”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“When I was 12 years old, I was catching for my baseball team, and we were playing in the state tournament in Nashville. When our pitcher struck out the batter for the second out, I thought that it was the third out, so I rolled the ball back towards the mound and starting jogging back to the dugout while everyone else stayed on the field. My coach had to tell me that it was only two outs. I guess I didn’t have my head in the game.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“Travel to Jerusalem, visit all 50 states and watch a Yankees-Red Sox game from the Green Monster seats at Fenway Park.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Competitive. I hate to lose.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I would like to not worry so much about small things.”
What is your passion?
“Growing in my faith, my family, my friends, and getting to mentor kids everyday.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My grandfathers: Sterling Whitehead and R.C. Young. They both passed away when I was young, and I feel like I really missed out on getting to spend time with them.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“I would enjoy getting to live after the American Revolution when our Constitution and government was being put together.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“Really too many to count -- all of my former teachers, coaches and mentors influenced me in some way. Also, my wife, Brooke. She supports me in everything, and I have had several people tell me that I ‘out-punted my coverage.’”
“I still can’t quite get the hang of…
Fantasy football. I am a huge sports fan, but this is the first year that I started playing it.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“My wedding ring, at least that’s what my wife says.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Treat others how you would want them to treat you.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“Facebook, but I do not use it very much.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“My uncle runs wastewater treatment plants, and he hired me in high school to mow the one in Madisonville for him. I liked working for my uncle, but I hated the smell of that place.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I wanted to eat pizza just because of them.”
What irritates you?
“Complacency and people are not working toward improving.”
What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“Everyone should see the view of Blount County from the fire tower at the Top of the World.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“Don’t worry about the little things in life. God has a plan, and within His will things will work out how they should.”
What is your greatest fear?
“Something bad happening to my family.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?
“Buy a Jeep and drive with the top down - everywhere.”