Farragut Intermediate School will lose two top administrators, principal Reggie Mosley and assistant principal Lisa Styles, at the end of the school year.
“I just think it’s an opportunity to try something else,” said Mosley, 55, who is finishing his third school year as principal. “I still have energy. I feel I’m young enough and I want to try something else before all my working days are over.”
Mosley has served as an educator for 34 years, all in Knox County Schools. He taught for 13 years before he took on administrative duties in 1998. Prior to succeeding former FIS principal Kay Wellons, Mosley was principal of Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Technology Academy.
“I wanted to work in the private sector in human resources somewhere. To work with people, that’s my skill set, working with people, and I wanted to try to see how well I could do that,” he said.
Styles is finishing her ninth school year at FIS – all as assistant principal. She has been a public educator for 35 years, 30 with Knox County Schools.
“I really have not had time to think about ‘retirement,’” Styles said. ”... I do know that for the past 35 years I have not slept the night before students return to school. Even for long-time educators like me, there is excitement and anticipation about the beginning of school. I know that night [before next school year starts] will be a little difficult for me.”
“They both have done a great job. They have provided high expectations and achievement for students at Farragut Intermedi-ate School,” Julie Thompson, executive director of elementary education for Knox County Schools, said. “They worked closely with the community to develop a partnership that supports FIS.”
“They are two great educators,” said Susan Horn, District 5 Knox County Board of Education representative. “It will be difficult to see them go.”
“I am so blessed to have had the wonderful opportunities I have experienced in all my roles in education,” Styles said. “I hope that my words and my actions have reflected my core value of ‘serving the child.’
“FIS is a great school and I am honored to have been a part of the school and its community.”
“Knox County has been a great school system, a progressive school system, and I have had a great experience,” Mosley said. “... I think that I have done a pretty good job as principal here. I didn’t do it alone. I had the support of the staff. The teachers really worked for me, and the community embraced me. So overall, I had a wonderful experience here.”