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Lenn leaves FPS for principal slot at Lotts


Farragut parents bid farewell to another principal as Farragut Primary School changes leadership.

Emily Lenn, principal of Farragut Primary School for the past seven years, will assume the principalship at A.L. Lotts Elementary School replacing Fred Nidiffer beginning next term.

Lenn was assigned to A.L. Lotts Elementary School by Dr. Charles Lindsey, superintendent of Knox County Schools, on June 9.

Nidiffer will become the director of elementary schools in July.

Lenn said that she is excited about the new challenge, but is sad to leave FPS.


“I am adjusting to the news,” Lenn said. “I have loved Farragut Primary School. It has been a wonderful experience and it breaks my heart to say goodbye to the teachers and staff, the students and their families.”

Lenn, who worked at A.L. Lotts as a math specialist for one year before going into administration, is familiar with the school and many of the staff members.

Her staff members increase from 42 at FPS to 50 at A.L. Lotts, and will supervise approximately 200 more students.

Lenn said, “I am looking forward to meeting everyone at (A.L.) Lotts. It is a great school and I am excited to get started.”

Lenn has written letters to her staff informing them of the change and expressing her appreciation, and she will be meeting with Nidiffer at A.L. Lotts this week to discuss the school.

Dr. Lindsay has chosen Julia Craze as Lenn’s replacement at FPS.

Craze has been principal of Mt. Olive Elementary School since 2000. Prior to this position, she was an assistant principal at Farragut Intermediate School from 1999 to 2000. Craze has also been a classroom teacher at FIS and at Cedar Bluff Middle School, where she was the curriculum generalist from 1992 to 1999.

“If I am going to leave Farragut Primary in anyone’s hands, I am glad that it will be Julia,” Lenn said. “She lives in the area, is familiar with Farragut, and will do a wonderful job.”

Donna Wright, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, said that Craze is a “wonderfully talented and gifted administrator. Julia has been highly successful at Mt. Olive, as well as all of her previous assignments.”

She added, “I feel that this will be a smooth transition, though, because Julia is well versed in the Farragut community. Mt. Olive’s loss will be Farragut’s gain.”

Past principals at FPS were Pat Dietz from 1993 to 1997 and Betty Sue Sparks from 1990 to1992.

 

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