Blount County Schools has named new interim assistant principals for the remainder of the school year at Eagleton, Rockford and Middlesettlements elementary schools.
Nathan Strayn is filling the position at Eagleton vacated when Heather Byrd became interim principal at Prospect Elementary School, after John Parham abruptly resigned that position.
Nichole McCord will split her time between Rockford and Middle settlements, which previously did not have assistant principals, because of increased enrollments at those schools, according to the district.
Strayn, a 2000 graduate of Heritage High School, spent two years at Pellissippi State Community College before going to the University of Tennessee Knoxville and earning a bachelor’s degree in 2005.
Throughout college, Strayn ran an outdoor recreation program with OMNI Visions and Smoky Mountain Children’s Home.
Following his college graduation, Strayn became a social worker at the children’s home. While working as a case manager there, he earned his teaching certification and a master’s degree from Lincoln Memorial University.
At Smoky Mountain Children’s Home he became director of its in-house school program until joining BCS in 2010 as a social studies teacher at Eagleton Middle School.
McCord is in her 17th year as an educator, most recently serving as a Title I teacher at Montvale Elementary School.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree in child development from Maryville College in 2002, followed by a master’s degree in education in administration and supervision in 2004 from LMU and an educational specialist degree from LMU the following year.
She taught for four years at Maryville Middle School and 11 years at Eagleton Elementary before joining the staff at Montvale.
McCord also is a state reading coach for the Read to Be Ready summer reading program.
“Nathan and Nichole are both veteran educators and bring a myriad experience to these positions,” Director Rob Britt said in a statement announcing their appointments. “We are excited to give both of them an opportunity to gain experience as administrators within our district.”