McMinnville resident Tabetha Sullens has emerged from a field of more than 45 applicants to be named director of The Webb Middle School in Bell Buckle.
Sullens is finishing her second year as principal at Boyd Christian School where she is preparing for nine members of the class of 2015 to graduate.
“I’m still very invested in Boyd and I’ve asked the board to add me as a board member when I leave because my heart is certainly here,” said Sullens. “But this is an opportunity I can’t pass up. Webb is where I found out I wanted to go into education.”
Sullens is a 1994 Webb graduate who has been at Boyd for six years, four as a teacher and two as a principal. She just finished leading Boyd through its second round of SACS accreditation, which will last for five years.
“I’ve received nothing but support since I took over at Boyd,” said Sullens. “I posted a five-year plan and everyone here jumped on board with it and started to get things done. I’m humbled by the support.”
Sullens said Jessica Burger Akers has been named principal at Boyd for the 2015-16 school year. Sullens will work at Boyd till the end of May. She said she plans to spend June with her family before starting at The Webb School on July 1.
In announcing the hiring of Sullens, The Webb School head Ray Broadhead said, “Her positive energy is contagious.”
Webb is known for its academic rigor and has a diverse student body. Sullens said 20 percent of the student enroll-ment is from other countries.
“I am a firm believer in motivation,” said Sullens. “I will continually strive to cultivate my students with self-confidence, focus, and praise to help build their esteem. My goal is to prepare my students for life with more than just the subject they learn in my classroom. I desire for them to expand their everyday thinking and learn independence through self-expression.”
Speaking about her professional experience, Sullens said, “My time at Boyd Christian has afforded me a time to grow as an educator and administrator. I look forward to making memories with my daughter, Lexi, who is a ninth-grader at Webb this year. My son, London, can begin Webb in two years. I am delighted to know they will have the same oppor-tunities I did in Bell Buckle.”
Broadhead said the search committee was impressed by Sullens’ qualifications including a documented ability to pro-mote successful students both academically and spiritually, to grow school enrollment, implement modern technology in all Boyd classrooms and build a foundation of trust among students, parents, stakeholders, the local business com-munity and churches.