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Sevier Middle School principal Flora named a 2016 distinguished principal

Contributed by Marybeth McLain • May 6, 2016 at 10:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Sevier Middle School Principal Holly Flora, a former Jackson Elementary principal, has been named a 2016 Tennessee National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

Each year, the NAESP honors outstanding elementary and middle school administrators for setting high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for students, families, and staff in their learning communities.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment for Dr. Flora and for Kingsport City Schools,” said Lyle Ailshie, Ph.D. and Kingsport City Schools superintendent. “We applaud Dr. Flora’s leadership and dedication to KCS. We are fortunate to have her as an integral part of our leadership team.”

Flora is serving in her second year as principal at Sevier Middle School. Prior to that, she served as principal at Jackson Elementary School and as KCS system-wide Literacy Coordinator. During her time at Jackson, the school was designated as being in the top 5 percent in the state for performance, as measured by overall student achievement levels, and for year-over-year progress, as measured by school-wide value-added data. Before her administrative roles, Flora taught at Lincoln Elementary School and Washington Elementary School.

“This is a humbling experience,” Flora said. “What I have accomplished as a school administrator is the direct result of the phenomenal teachers, staff members, students, families and colleagues with whom I have had the privilege to work.”

Flora received two undergraduate degrees from Milligan College, achieving bachelor of science degrees in early childhood education and elementary education. She received a master of arts degree in early ehildhood education from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and a doctor of education from ETSU in educational leadership and policy.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), founded in 1921, is a professional organization serving elementary and middle school principals and other education leaders throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. For more information on the National Distinguished Principals Award Program go to naesp.org.

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