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William Smith

Meet William Smith, 2017-18 Leadership Academy Fellow

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences would like to introduce you to William Smith. William teaches second grade and serves as a lead teacher at Lonsdale Elementary School. Previously, William was a classroom teacher at Inskip Elementary School. In 2016, he was named Knox County Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year. William has a bachelor’s degree in human ecology and a master’s degree in child and family studies from UT.

William is one of 14 fellows chosen for the 2017-18 Center for Leadership Academy based in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. During this full-time, intensive 15-month fellowship program, William will spend four days a week at a school with an experienced mentor principal and a fifth day in coursework and seminars with professors and expert practitioner partners learning the research and theory behind great school leadership.  Next, all the fellows will lead an action research capstone project that integrates their learning across the many curricular areas of the academy, and complete an electronic portfolio documenting proficiency in school leadership.  Upon successful completion of the program, William will be awarded a master’s or educational specialist degree and will be eligible to earn a license to be a school principal in Tennessee.

Congratulations William for being selected as one of the 2017-18 Center For Leadership Academy Fellows!