JFWA Faculty Friday Profile: Chris Stotts


HARROGATE, Tennessee, April 9, 2021— J. Frank White Academy (JFWA) Assistant Principal Chris Stotts has been at the Academy for 11 years. He teaches physical science and chemistry and is assistant principal for the lower school and the STEM/AP Coordinator.



Bachelor of Science in Biology (2009), Master of Education (2014), Education Specialist (2015), Doctor of Education (2019), all from Lincoln Memorial University.


Career Background:

My first job in education was serving as ISS Supervisor at Middlesboro High School. I then moved to JFWA where I have served in several roles. I also have also served as an adjunct professor at Southeast Community College.


Why you love teaching/favorite teachers:

My favorite thing about teaching is seeing the “Aha” moments. I love when a student might have been apprehensive about learning a certain topic or even intimidated by a subject, then they experience this instant in which they understand and realize that they understand and can actually do it. Seeing growth in my students is the most rewarding aspect of my career.


I’ve had so many favorite teachers throughout my life, but two that had the most impact are Dr. Saeb Omar and Mr. Astor Simpson. Dr. Omar was my first academic adviser in college and actually helped me realize that I was capable of more than what I was giving myself credit for. In Mr. Simpson I saw the greatest passion for teaching and compassion for students I had ever experienced and in his class is where I first had the thought, “I can see myself doing this teaching thing.”


Fun Facts:

The biggest personal accomplishment is definitely being dad to the best son ever – Eli; but earning my doctorate degree ranks up there also.

My favorite book is the Bible but growing up it was “Where the Red Fern Grows.”

Favorite vacation spot would be Disney World.

In my free time I love to do woodworking and playing music.

Special talent: I can make the most realistic baby cry you’ve ever heard!


The J. Frank White Academy is a private, college preparatory day school serving grades K-12, located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University. JFWA is fully accredited and STEM certified by Cognia, which is the first internationally recognized mark of quality for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) schools and programs, signaling the growing emphasis on STEM education by educators, politicians and business leaders around the world. For more information contact JFWA Director of Admissions Bernie Harrington at [email protected] or apply online at JFWA.LMUnet.edu.


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at [email protected]

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