Kingsport City Schools Names Cinnamon as Chief Academic Officer - Secondary

Published: March 21, 2016 at 5 p.m. 

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Kingsport City Schools has named Dr. Brian Cinnamon as Chief Academic Officer - Secondary, effective immediately.  Dr. Cinnamon will be responsible for the leadership and implementation of all aspects of the district’s middle and high school programs.  He replaces Dr. Carmen Bryant, who was recently named KCS Assistant Superintendent - Instruction.

“With his wealth of experiences in a wide variety of educational roles, we are very pleased to have Dr. Cinnamon now lead our secondary programs,” said KCS Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie. “He brings a unique combination of skills and a successful track record in areas such as counseling, administration, special education, and curriculum and instruction. I am confident he is the right person to lead our middle and high school programming to even greater levels of success.”

Dr. Cinnamon’s experience includes nearly 16 years in the field of education, most recently serving as the KCS Assistant Director of Special Education and Supervisor of Early Childhood Programs/Principal of the Palmer Center.  He began his career in Wichita Public Schools (KS) as a school psychologist, relocating to Kingsport in 2004.  While with KCS, Dr. Cinnamon has also served as a school psychologist, Section 504 compliance coordinator, associate principal at Jefferson Elementary School, and assistant principal at Dobyns-Bennett High School.

“I am incredibly honored to have been selected to support teachers, staff, students and administration in striving to achieve the vision and mission of Kingsport City Schools,” said Dr. Cinnamon. “I count it a blessing to work collaboratively with the dedicated educators in KCS, and I am excited about continuing to support student-focused efforts to improve learning in this new capacity.” 

Dr. Cinnamon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), an Educational Specialist degree with a concentration in School Psychology from the University of Tennessee, and a Doctor of Education from ETSU in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. 

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,100 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNPCE).

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