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2015 Inductees

KCS Hall of Fame Inaugural Class


1st Annual Kingsport City Schools Hall of Fame: July 28, 2015

Kingsport City Schools recognized and inducted the first three members of the inaugural class of the Kingsport City Schools Hall of Fame, during the back to school teacher Convocation event on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.


Established as the keystone award for former employees, the KCS Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals that have most impacted the Kingsport educational community during their careers with KCS. 



The inaugural class elected to the KCS Hall of Fame includes:



Mrs. Virgealia "Jill" Ellis


Mrs. Ellis retired from KCS in 1992 after 38 years of service at Douglass High School, Dobyns-Bennett High School, and Kingsport Adult Education.  During her tenure, she served as a teacher, guidance counselor, and as a district Career Ladder program evaluator.  A pillar in the community, Mrs. Ellis was recognized for her positivity, humility, and service as a role model. Mrs. Ellis was elected in the Modern Era category (retired post-1990).

Mr. Charles "Charlie" Herron


Serving as the Ross N. Robinson Middle School Band Director for 34 years, Charlie Herron retired from Kingsport City Schools in 2008.  Mr. Herron is widely recognized as being a key figure in the development and excellence of the KCS band program.  Known for his skill as a music educator, Herron emphasized commitment to musicianship and a willingness to work together to achieve excellence.  Mr. Herron was elected in the Modern Era category (retired post-1990).

Mrs. Wanda McJunkin


Affectionately known by her students as “Mrs. Mac,” Mrs. McJunkin joined KCS in 1949, retiring after 33 years of service at Jackson Elementary and John Sevier Middle School.  McJunkin worked as a long-time physical education and health instructor, as well as the sponsor of the cheerleading squad.  Known for the positive connections she made with students, Mrs. McJunkin was widely regarded as an outstanding classroom teacher, encourager, and motivator.