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New faces at Farragut High, Primary schools

Students at Farragut High and Farragut Primary schools are starting the new school year with new assistant principals.

Tracy Poulsen is the new junior grade-level principal at FHS and Dr. Joy Foster and Justin Ford have accepted assistant principal positions at FPS.

Poulsen is the former botany and zoology teacher at FHS and welcomed the opportunity to move into an administrative role.

“I love working with high school students and being able to sit down and have conversation with them and help them figure out what they want to do with their lives and that kind of stuff,” she said.

Foster comes to FPS from Bluegrass Elementary where she was assistant principal for three years.

“I am so happy, elated and honored to be here at Farragut Primary School. I have been exceptionally happy with my son’s education since he has been in Farragut schools and I am grateful that I can be a part of such a wonderful community being here at Farragut Primary,” she said.

Ford is new to Knox County Schools this year, having recently relocated from Missouri.

“We have some family who just moved out here and we wanted to be close to them while we were starting our family. We have a one-year-old daughter and are expecting another one in late January,” Ford said.

All three said they will miss being in a classroom, but feel they have something to offer students in an administrative role.

“One of the things I told myself when I went back to school to get my administrative certification was that if I wanted to be an administrator it would be when I was at a point in my life when I still liked being in a classroom,” Poulsen said.

“I didn’t want to wait until I was at the point in my life when I didn’t like what I was doing. I love the classroom. I love having that relationship with the kids.

“I will still have a relationship with the kids. I will have over 500 new kids that I have not had in class before, so I am looking forward to getting to know all of them,” she added.

Ford said he made the switch because he felt he could better serve a larger group of children and families in an administrative capacity.

“I really like to be involved in the community. I have an open door policy. If they have questions or need help with something, they are always welcome to come by or call,” he added.

Foster said she is excited to begin this year at FPS, even though she will be taking a short leave of absence in September to give birth to her third child.

“I love my job. I am only going to be out about four to five weeks. I was able to do that with my last son. I plan to take off just the month of September and then come right back,” she said.

“My grandmother always told me you bloom where you are planted and I plan to bloom right here,” she added.

Farragut High School’s administration consists of principal Michael Reynolds and five assistant principals; Poulsen, Kellie Ivens, Dwayne Simmons, Bob Norton and Garth Gordon. Each FHS grade level has an assistant principal, called a grade-level principal, who follows that particular class through graduation.

Farragut Primary School’s administration consists of principal Julia Craze and two assistant principals, Foster and Ford.


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