Chattanooga State Community College hosting enrollment event this weekend

Chattanooga State Community College will host Applications and Appetizers on Saturday, May 1, to help prospective students fill out their applications and network with faculty.

"The Applications and Appetizers event presents an opportunity to help reconnect with the community," said recruiting and orientation director Kisha Thomas in a statement. "Recruiting and enrollment staff will be on hand to assist with application and enrollment processes, and the event will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet some of Chattanooga State's faculty and staff."

Free appetizers will be provided by BBQ Rowe, Chef's Table Catering, Kena's Cajun Kitchen, Umani Catering and Wings Top Tots. The event will take place at 5704 Marlin Road, Building 6000, Chattanooga, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the recruiting office at 423-697-2689.


Hamilton County Schools provides staffing update

Several Hamilton County schools will see new principals in the fall.

Crystal Sorrells, principal of East Ridge High School and 2021 principal of the year for the district, will be principal of Brainerd High School in the fall. She will be replaced at East Ridge by Juan Moreno, who previously worked as principal of East Ridge Elementary School.

Elementary schools will see a few new principals, too. Jasmine Farrow will be principal of East Lake Elementary School, and Sarah Lane will step into the principal role at Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School. Both educators previously worked as assistant principals at other schools in the district.

Along with new principals, the district has named Breckan Duckworth as its literacy officer. Duckworth previously worked on the district's remote learning system, HCS at Home, and was an English language arts lead in the district.

"Hamilton County Schools is focused on recruiting and retaining great teachers and leaders," said system Superintendent Bryan Johnson in a statement. "Part of that commitment means developing existing talent within our team to best serve the district. These changes within our team show the value of investing in growing your own employees, and we are thrilled to welcome this group into these new roles."


Tennessee Department of Education expanding teacher stipends for summer training

The Tennessee Department of Education will provide additional $1,000 stipends to teachers who complete a two-week training this summer.

The Early Reading Training is free and open for pre-K-5 classroom teachers, special education teachers and English as a second language teachers. K-5 teachers can receive the stipend, and K-2 teachers will also receive materials to use in the classroom.

"Becoming a strong reader by third grade is a critical milestone in a student's academic journey, and in Tennessee, we are focusing on ensuring students who are still developing reading skills have strong supports, including excellent reading instruction," said Commissioner Penny Schwinn in a statement. "By providing kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth and now fifth grade teachers a $1,000 stipend for completing the department's Early Reading Training, Tennessee teachers will be compensated for their professional development, and more students will benefit from strong phonics-based instruction when learning how to read."

The first week of training is available online this month, while the second week of training will take place face-to-face over the summer. The registration deadline for the training is May 5.


Tennessee Tutoring Corps extends application deadline

Tennessee Tutoring Corps has extended the application deadline for prospective tutors to May 7, giving applicants an additional 10 days to apply from the original April 27 deadline.

The program recruits college students to tutor rising first through fourth grade students and aims to recruit 1,000 tutors this summer. Tutors assist students with reading and math to help prevent learning loss over the summer.

For more information about the program and the application go to

Contact Anika Chaturvedi at or 423-757-6592.