I was married in 2005 and have two children who attend Jefferson County Schools.
I began my career as a Case Manager at Cherokee Health Systems working with the adult Severe and Persistent Mentally Ill (SPMI) population. I worked at Cherokee for almost 5 years and obtained my School Counseling degree during that time. I was hired on as a School Counselor for Jefferson County School in 2005 and traveled between New Market and Talbott Elementary Schools for many years. I have been certified to teach Love and Logic Parenting Classes since 2013 and periodically offer trainings to the public. I was encouraged by administrator (Vickie Forgety) to go back to school in order to obtain my administrator license. In August 2017 I was named to the position of Teacher Mentor Evaluator for New Market, Piedmont and Talbott Elementary Schools. I was briefly in this position until I accepted the principal position at New Market Elementary in December 2017.
In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and friends, read, hike and travel.
Lincoln Memorial University - Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S), 2017.
Carson Newman College - Masters in Education for School Counseling (M.Ed), 2004.
Carson Newman College - Bachelors degree in Human Services, 2000
I am married to Allison Bellissimo who teaches at Jefferson County High School. We have three children, Bennett, William, and Mattie, 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 now the teacher mentor/evaluator at three of the smaller elementary schools in our district. It is a joy working with the amazing administrators, educators, staff, and students at each of these three special places. In my free time I enjoy taking care of our four chickens, five head cattle herd and twenty-five goats.