Knoxville, Tenn.-- Today, Dr. Vicki Kirk, Director of Schools for Tennessee School for the Deaf, announced her retirement effective June 30, 2021 after twenty-nine years working in education. The Tennessee Department of Education invites qualified candidates to apply to serve as Director of Schools for the Tennessee Schools for the Deaf (TSD).
Regarding her retirement, Dr. Kirk remarked, “My time at TSD has been among the most rewarding of my career. It has certainly been a time of personal learning and growth. I will be sorry to leave in June, but after working for 42 years, I feel a call to retire and care for my family. TSD is a wonderful place, and the school and the people here will always hold a special place in my heart.”
During her time as director of schools, Dr. Kirk has led outreach efforts to increase awareness of services available, expanded bilingual education focused on American Sign Language, and oversaw the Deaf Mentor Pilot.
Prior to serving at TSD, Dr. Kirk served as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer for the Tennessee Department of Education, Director of Schools for Greene County, and Assistant Superintendent for Greenville City Schools.
“Thank you to Dr. Kirk for her strong leadership and dedication to education in Tennessee over the past twenty-nine years,” said Commissioner Schwinn. “The department looks forward to interviewing interested candidates, ensuring the next Director of Schools has a vision to provide access to opportunities for TSD students.”
The next director of schools will provide inspirational, innovative leadership to ensure a safe learning environment to fulfill the school's mission of empowering students, families, and stakeholders through education, advocacy, and community. There will be opportunities for public engagement and feedback during the hiring process.
Interested applicants may apply by sending a cover letter and resume to Education.Jobs@tn.gov.