Principal

Mr. Jacob Bellissimo

Mr. Jacob Bellissimo

I am married to Allison Bellissimo who teaches at Jefferson County High School. We have four children, Bennett, William, Mattie, and John and live in the Talbott community. We are members of Swannsylvania Baptist Church in Dandridge TN, where I teach youth on Wednesday and Sunday. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman University. I started teaching eighth-grade history at West View Middle School in Hamblen County. In 2012 I came to Jefferson Middle School as a seventh-grade social studies teacher. I went to the University of Tennessee and earned a Master’s degree in educational leadership. After five years in the classroom at JMS, I became the assistant principal for two years. During those two years, I was honored as a 2018 Governors Academy for School Leaders fellow. I was also a fellow at the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Tennessee, through which I earned an Educational Specialist degree. I am honored to be the principal at New Market Elementary School where we care for the whole child, academically, socially, and emotionally. Our amazing teachers and staff create an environment where every child can experience love and success. In my free time I enjoy taking care of our four chickens, five head cattle herd and twenty-five goats.