Kingsport educators recognized for Micro-credentials, Google Educator certifications

Rick Wagner • Updated May 16, 2019 at 11:08 AM

KINGSPORT — Micro-credentials and Google Educator certifications are helping Kingsport teachers teach better, according to school system officials who also have announced the retirement of one elementary school principal and resignation of two others because of spouses’ new jobs outside the area.

Teachers in the third year of a Micro-credentials pilot and others who earned Google Educator certificates were honored by the Kingsport school board Tuesday.


Kingsport City Schools teachers are in the third year of a four-year pilot for Micro-credentials, a program by the Tennessee Department of Education. Stephanie Potter, director of professional learning for KCS, described the program as a “skills-based, digital competency” program and a way for teachers to demonstrate professional competencies and provide evidence of outcomes from professional learning.

Potter said the program is more like earning a driver’s license than traditional professional development. She said participants learn and become proficient, demonstrate competency and then earn a certification. The fourth and final year of the pilot will be in the 2019-20 school year.

KCS educators recognized for completing the pilot this year were Ashley Carter, Wendy Jones Harrison, Kristy Williamson-Jackson, Katie Salyer, Stephanie Perry, Andrew Walters, Kathryn Bennett, Alice Browder, Michelle Loudermilk, Sue Bragg, Sara Leimkuhler, Annette True, Sam McCord, Brandon Lewis, Erica Gardner, Amanda Dunham and Leah Darnell.


KCS educators continue in the Google Educator certification program in Level 1 and Level 2. Alyson Dowda, instructional design specialist and design specialist and facilitator for KCS, said this is the second year of KCS being in the program. Reaching Level 1 this school year were Heather Usary, Jon Tully, Kathy Carter, Megan Evans, Madeline Gosey, Derek Guske and Mike Pencarinha, while reaching Level 2 were Jason Jones, Katie Beth Boggan and Dowda.

Carter, Jones, Boggan and Dowda attended the meeting.

Dowda said the program is designed and managed by Good for educators who use G Suite for Education as part of their teaching and student learning, taking advantage of a program that combined classroom experience with Good training resources and examinations. The other two levels in the program are certified trainer and certified innovator.


Superintendent Jeff Moorhouse at the meeting also announced the retirement of Jefferson Elementary Principal Mike Fulkerson and the resignations of Principals Krissy Turner at Jackson Elementary and Christy Free at Adams Elementary. He said the latter two are leaving because their spouses have new jobs outside the area.

Moorhouse said the new principals at those schools will be announced soon, possibly before the end of the school year later this month.