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Nine seeking director's position

The deadline to submit applications to be the next director of schools in Unicoi County came and went on Friday, March 27, with nine individuals submitting themselves as candidates for the position.
According to information from the school system, two current system employees and county residents – John English and Mike Lamie – and two former system employees – William Nuss and Jeff Moorhouse – have applied for the job.
English has served as the system’s director of federal programs since 2012. Prior to taking this position, he was an assistant principal and principal at Unicoi County Middle School. English graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1997 and received his master’s in administrative supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in 2002.
Lamie is currently employed as a teacher at the county alternative school. Prior to teaching at the alternative school, he was the principal of Unicoi Elementary from 2004 to 2011. Lamie earned his doctorate degree from ETSU in 2014.
During his time in Unicoi County, county resident Nuss was the transportation supervisor for the system. He also served as the principal of Unicoi Elementary. While working in the Johnson City School System he was the principal of Science Hill High School’s eighth-ninth grade campus from 2002 to 2011. Nuss earned a Master of Arts from ETSU in 1981.
Moorhouse has worked as the principal of Morristown-Hamblen High School West for the past decade. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Milligan College in 1991 and his Master of Arts in Teaching from ETSU in 1992. He also received a doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2002.
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The remaining five applicants are from outside the Northeast Tennessee region. They are: Thomas Graves, Myles Hebrard, Dennis Porter, Richard Rundhaug and Randy Shannon.
Graves received his Doctor of Education degree from Auburn University in 2001. He is currently employed as the director of Occupational Enterprises, Inc., in Lebanon, Va.
Hebrard received his administrative license in Educational Leadership and Supervision in 2008 from the University of Tennessee. Since June 2008, he has served as the principal of Claxton Elementary School in Powell. He is currently working to earn his doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Porter received his Educational Specialist degree from Eastern Illinois University in 2001. He worked as a principal and superintendent in Bluford, Ill. Porter currently lives in Townsend and is employed at Ramboyd, Inc., in Alcoa.
Rundhaug is a resident of Arizona. From 2008 to December 2014 he served as the superintendent in the Wilcox Unified School District in Arizona. He received his doctorate from Cappella University.
Since 1993, Shannon has taught biology and physics, served as an assistant principal and principal and as the director of the Career and Technical Center in the Benton County School System. He earned a doctorate in Leadership in 2001 from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville and a doctorate in 2011 from the Nashville School of Law.
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A timeline for when interviews will take place, how many of the applicants will be interviewed and when a new director will be hired was not available at The Erwin Record’s press deadline.
According to Unicoi County Board of Education Chairwoman Cathy Thomas, the board will meet in a work session scheduled for Monday, April 6.