Dr. Richard "Bo" Shadden Named Kingsport City Schools Director of Career/Technical and Post-Secondary Education

Published on May 15, 2018 at 4:16 p.m.
KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Kingsport City Schools has named Richard “Bo” Shadden, Ed.D., as Director of Career/Technical and Post-Secondary Education.  Dr. Shadden will be responsible for the leadership of all KCS CTE programming and post-secondary opportunity development.

“I am extremely excited to add to our leadership team a person with the depth of experience as Bo Shadden,” commented KCS Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse.  “Bo is an innovative leader in the field of education, particularly Career Technical Education. He has a well-established track record in our region and across our state.  I am excited for the Kingsport community to experience his leadership.”

A recognized leader in the area of career and technical education, Dr. Shadden’s 20-year educational career includes a wide variety of experiences, including service as a classroom teacher of vocational agriculture in Unicoi County Schools, a public school board member in Unicoi County, and a doctoral fellow at East Tennessee State University.  He has most recently served as the Sullivan County Department of Education Career & Technical Education Director, Supervisor of Attendance & Truancy, and Supervisor of Secondary Education.

“I am looking forward to working with the students and teachers in Kingsport City Schools,” said Dr. Shadden.  “Supporting CTE teachers and students and discovering post-secondary opportunities for students is a worthy and substantial goal.  I look forward to the challenge of leading this district in finding, creating and maintaining those life-changing opportunities.”

Dr. Shadden holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee, a Master’s of Education degree in Educational Administration and Supervision for Lincoln Memorial University, and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University.  He has been recognized as a recipient of the Pinnacle Award honoring Sullivan County educators, a Pioneer Award recipient by the First Tennessee CTE directors, and was named the National Outstanding Agriculture Education Teacher by the National Association of Agriculture Educators.  As a classroom educator, he has also been named Tennessee Vocational Agriculture TeacherRegion V Outstanding Agriculture Education Teacher, and was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

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, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,700 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 (TNCPE).

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