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Wellons takes Farragut Intermediate helm

Longtime teacher, and most recently assistant principal, Kay Wellons has been named principal at Farragut Intermediate School for the next school term, Knox County Schools officials announced recently.

Wellons was busy taking a test when unknown visitors decorated the front of her house in a nautical theme.

Two life preservers saying “Welcome Aboard!” blue and white balloons and a huge banner reading: “Hooray it’s Kay!” were on display in front of the home of the new principal.

Russ Oaks, spokesman for Knox County Schools System, said Wellons was named principal of FIS last week.

Wellons said it had been a very eventful week for her. She had just returned from completing her last exam for an education specialist degree when she discovered the decorations.

“It brought a big smile,” Wellons said. “I feel sure it’s some of my staff.”

Wellons served as assistant principal at the school for the last two-and-one-half years.

“On July fourteenth I will assume the duties as principal. This is one of the most bittersweet things of my life,” she said.

Wellons assumes the position vacated by the untimely death of longtime FIS principal Robert Frazier April 11.

“I so loved, admired and respected Dr. Frazier as a leader. This was never the way I would have wanted to assume this position. It brought tears to my eyes when Mr. Mullins [assistant superintendent for KCS] said: ‘Dr. Frazier would be so happy. He is smiling down on us right now.’

“I really think that Farragut Intermediate School has been sailing along rather smoothly. I think we are an absolutely great school because we have the welfare of every student at heart. I expect the nurturing warm climate and atmosphere in the school will continue.”

Wellons said as far as goals for next year, she hopes to improve scores in social studies.

“Last year one of the areas we really looked closely at, in addition to reading and math, was social studies. Our scores had gone down just a little bit,” she said.

Wellons graduated from The University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. “I graduated with my master’s in leadership skills in ninety-nine,” she said. “I will officially be graduating in August with my E-d-S from [Tennessee Technological University in] Cookeville.

In addition to teaching third grade at Copper Ridge Elementary in Knoxville, Wellons taught fourth grade at FIS for 18 years before becoming assistant principal.


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