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Featured Alumni

The Carter and Moyers School of Education boasts a robust history of achievement through our alumni, who continue their leadership in Education. Read more about our featured alumni below.

Kevin Gaines

K_GainesKevin Gaines, 2007 LMU EdS graduate has been named a finalist for Principal of the Year for the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. The finalists' application includes an extensive review of the performance of their school based on data provided by The Principal of the Year program recognizes principals that excel in educational leadership, resolving complex problems, developing self and others, and community service.


    Corey Legend Hodge earned his master's degree in initial teacher licensure from LMU in 2019 and teaches 4th grade at Maynard Elementary in Knox County, Tennessee. Born in Marietta, Georgia, and raised in East Knoxville he has recently published a novel. As the Sun Smiles pulls from Corey's personal life and has urban and national relevancy. Corey is currently employed in an inner city school and he is the founder of the Legends of Knoxville Scholarship, an initiative he also supports financially. Corey's life story is a powerful example of the power of overcoming personal obstacles to achieve success

    Kerensa Wing is a graduate of the LMU Educational Leadership Educational Specialist program. She is currently the Principal of Collins Hill High School. She was recently announced as the 2020 National Principal of the Year, and in 2019, she was honored as the Georgia Principal of the Year.

    Haley Lee

    Haley Lee was selected from almost 700 applicants to serve as a 2019-2020 Tennessee Educator Fellowship. Haley is a current EdS student and a graduate of LMU'sInitial Teacher Licensure Undergraduate (ITLU) Program.



    Amy Adkins is a graduate of the LMU EdS Program, and she has just become East Ridge Middle School's Teacher of the Year. She is a sixth grade language arts teacher and has been teaching for six years, the last five in her current position.


    GrangerDr. Maurice Granger has been appointed Lead School Psychologist, Atlanta Public Schools. He serves as a liaison between the Coordinator of Psychological Services and the School Psychologists within the district to develop departmental procedures, consult regarding legal cases and GA DOE special education regulations, mentor new psychologists, and develop strategies to improve district compliance. Additionally, setting up a meeting with the Director of the Atlanta Mission Shelter (location where the subjects in his dissertation were interviewed) as the Director requested an electronic copy of his dissertation in order to identify possible implications and recommendations he might be able to draw from the document.


    TrentTrent Clagg, a Training Specialist at the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership, has received the "Horizon Award" at the IPS Annual Conference. This award is given to an outstanding employee with less than three years of service. The IPS announcement notes that recipients must demonstrate a positive attitude, show initiative, be a team player, and exemplify excellence in performance based on their job duties and responsibilities. Trent Clagg graduated from LMU with a Master of Education degree in 2015.


    TrippDr. Larry Tripp was named Georgia Association For Career And Technical Education Teacher Of Year. He's a Dalton Public Schools work-based learning coordinator and was among 35 career and technical, and agricultural education educators who were honored by the Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education during its annual summer conference in Athens, Ga. He graduated with his Educational Specialist Degree from LMU in 1998.

    Stephanie Dallmann was named to ESL supervisory role with Hamblen schools. She was a former English as a Second Language teacher and district instructional coach. She has an Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University which she achieved in 2010.

    WilliamsMichael Williams graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with his Educational Specialist degree and was recently picked to be the next superintendent of the Madison County School System. He began his education career as a physical education teacher and coach at Banks County Middle School. He later served as athletic director at Banks County High School, and he became assistant principal of Banks County High School in 2005. He became principal of Banks County Elementary School in 2010, and then to Madison County as assistant superintendent in 2014.


    BennettBobby Bennett has an Undergraduate degree, MEd in EAS, and Counseling and Guidance all from LMU.

    Caption in this article from the Middlesboro Daily News reads:

    Photo submitted Middlesboro High School - Principal Bob Bennett, left, stands with Congressman Hal Rogers at the 2017 National Association of Secondary School Principals Awards in the nation's capitol. Bennett was awarded the NASSP Kentucky Principal of the Year. During his visit, Bennett and Rogers discussed teacher recruitment, retention and retirement.


    PartinBrian Partin is a 2008 graduate of the Educational Specialist degree progam here at LMU. He is the current Principal of Kingsport's Robinson Middle School, and he has now accepted the role of President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). He has been a member of NAESP since 2003, and served on the Bylaws Review Committee from 2012 to 2013. He has also been a member of the Tennessee Principals Association since 2003, where he served as president from 2009 to 2011.


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    After graduating, Steven Wang has gone on to be a presenter at Org. of Am. Historians Annual Conference, Providence, RI, April 7, 2016; Region 8AAAA Literary Coordinator 2015 - 16; Coach of 2016 US Extemporaneous Qualifier to Nat. Sp. & Debate Association National Tournament, Salt Lake City, UT, June 12 - 17, 2016 (typically the largest Academic competition in the world).

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