Principal's Message


Welcome to Theodore Roosevelt Elementary.  We are glad you decided to learn more about us and hope our webpage will provide an overview of our school. I encourage you to contact us if you have questions or would like to request additional information. Roosevelt has an enrollment of about 300 Pre-K through fifth grade students. In most cases we have two teachers per grade level. Our staff, consists of about 50 adults including classroom teachers; specialists in the areas of art, literacy, library, music, and physical education; dedicated teaching assistants; school nutrition personnel; and custodial staff. Support services include a school counselor, special education teachers, a speech therapist, and a full-time nurse. Technology is an important component of the educational program. Each classroom is equipped with a SMART Board, document camera, and access to several student computers. Additionally, the Library Media Center is dedicated to fostering a love of literature as well as promoting skills in accessing and applying information.

I would like to share my professional and educational background with you so we can get to know each other a little better. I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Carson-Newman University. I worked in the business world before returning to Carson-Newman to complete my Master of Arts degree in teaching. I began teaching in Hamblen County before moving with my family to Johnson City. I was a classroom teacher in Johnson City and had the privilege of working with the Tennessee Department of Education as a Reward School Ambassador. After this assignment I joined Kingsport City Schools as an Associate Principal at Ross N. Robinson Middle School. I most recently completed by Doctor of Education degree at Middle Tennessee State University in Assessment, Learning, and School Improvement. I am very honored to serve as the Principal of Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School.

Roosevelt has a reputation of having a big heart that cares about the students and families of the Roosevelt community. Our mission at Roosevelt is to empower belonging; inspire purpose;  encourage optimism;  grow pride, and build self-confidence and self-esteem. This mission will only be attainable if we partner with our parents and community members. We value parents as partners and encourage you to join our PTA and volunteer at our school. We have varied opportunities for you to volunteer including reading with students, eating breakfast or lunch with students, or serving as a mentor to our students. I encourage you to check our webpage often for upcoming events and important information.

Kelli Seymour, Ed.D.

Roosevelt Elementary School
1051 Lake Street
Kingsport, TN 37660