Superintendent Search

June, 2021

Superintendent Search Update - Friday, June 4, 2021

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The Tennessee School for the Deaf Search Committee announces that it has selected two co-Chairs, Jessica McMahon and Scotty Lee. They will work with Innivee Strategies, Inc., the TSD Superintendent search consultant, and the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) to lead the candidate interviews and finalist process.

The TSD Superintendent search committee has held three meetings to date in which the committee members received an overview of roles and responsibilities and timeline. In addition, the search committee received training and support from Innivee Strategies consultant Kathryn Canfield, SHRM-certified HR professional to prepare for the interview and selection process. Sara Miller and Latoya Miller had to leave their roles on the TSD Search committee due to personal reasons.

The TSD Superintendent application deadline was on Friday, May 14. We received many applications. We want to thank the community for your support and encouraging potential applicants to apply. The search committee met on Wednesday, March 27 and decided on which applicants to invite to interview. Now the search committee will interview candidates in June. After the interviews, the search committee will recommend candidates to become finalists to the TDOE Assistant Commissioner of state special schools, Josh Mason. 

The TSD Superintendent finalists are scheduled to be announced around the end of June 2021. The plan at this time is to have the finalists flown to Knoxville in mid-July for the finalist community and school forums and search committee interview. The details about the finalist process will be available at a later date. We are on track to have our new Superintendent announced by early August. Please continue to monitor the TSD Superintendent Search webpage on the TSD website.

Contact the Innivee Strategies consultant, Shane Feldman, at if you have any questions about the search process.

Superintendent Prospectus
Tennessee Schools for the Deaf (TSD) opened its application process for the next Superintendent on April 23, 2021. The TSD Superintendent Prospectus includes important information for prospective candidates including an overview of TSD's three campuses (Knoxville, Nashville, and Jackson),  the job description and requirements, and the leader profile. 
The Tennessee Schools for the Deaf (TSD) superintendent leader profile was developed with input from six focus groups containing diverse stakeholders from the TSD community: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), on-campus affiliations, community members, students, and the search committee. The leader profile included responses from over 30 focus group participants along with 80+ responses to the community survey. The Department of Education and the TSD Superintendent Search Committee are appreciative and grateful for the community’s contributions to TSD’s superintendent search process.
If you know of a potential candidate who is qualified for the Superintendent position at Tennessee Schools for the Deaf, please share our webpage and the prospectus with them.
All applications submitted by Friday, May 14, 2021 will receive full consideration. Application materials including a cover letter, resume, and three references should be e-mailed to
Prospectus Video Announcement (ASL)
Job Description

TSD Superintendent (Director of Schools) Search Committee


  • Anna Austin, Tennessee Association of the Deaf Representative, Knoxville
  • Bobby Cooper, Facilities Manager, Knoxville 
  • Briella Diaz, Deaf Mentor Coordinator, Knoxville 
  • Amy Ferrell, Parent, Nashville 
  • Caroline Gowin, Speech Language Pathologist, Nashville 
  • Meme Kerr, ASL Instruction Specialist, Knoxville 
  • Scotty Lee, Alumnus, Knoxville 
  • Veronica McDonald, Assistant Principal, Jackson 
  • Jessica McMahon, Principal, Knoxville 
  • Adam Montgomery, Parent, Knoxville
  • Carmen Morales, Parent, Jackson 
  • Cheryl Shahan, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
  • Brian Vogt, Student Life Supervisor, Knoxville 
  • Two TSD High School Students
Superintendent Leader Profile - Community Survey Now Open through Wednesday, March 31st - 11:59 pm EST - *Note: The survey is being conducted by Innivee Strategies. (Now closed)
Tennessee Schools for the Deaf Announces Collaboration with Innivee Strategies for the Superintendent (Director of Schools) Search - March 4, 2021
Superintendent's Personal Retirement Message to TSD Staff, Students, Parents, Families, and Stakeholders
December 18, 2020
Search Timeline:
  • April - Focus groups and surveys
  • May - Marketing & recruitment
  • June - Interviews with Search Committee
  • July - Finalist community forums
  • August - Finalist interviews and hire