Principal: Mr. Justin Whittenbarger
Justin Whittenbarger holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN. His Ed.S. degree is in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. He spent sixteen years as a high school ELA teacher before accepting an administrative role as Assistant Principal at Homestead Elementary School in 2015. Thirteen of those sixteen years in the classroom were spent serving the students of Cumberland County. Mr. Whittenbarger has taught at each grade level in a secondary setting and also worked as an independent contractor for the Tennessee Department of Education as a Common Core Coach during 2013-2014 and again in 2015. His role as a state contractor included traveling to various parts of Tennessee to train teachers about the new standards, strategies to improve and help students be successful, and changes in state assessments. After two years at Homestead, he was named Principal at Stone Elementary. Mr. Whittenbarger brings past business experience into his role at Stone Elementary, and he was also named as part of the second cohort of the highly competitive GASL (Governor's Academy for School Leadership) program in the state of Tennessee during 2016-2017.
Vice Principal: Ms. Marlene Holton
Marlene Holton holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership, and an Educational Specialist in Special Education from Tennessee Tech University. An educator with eleven years experience, she served seven years as a Math teacher before becoming a Numeracy Coach for Knox County Schools in 2013. As a Numeracy Coach, she supported teachers in two large urban schools and designed county wide pacing guides and common assessments. In 2012-2103, she served as a Common Core Coach for the Tennessee Department of Education and trained teachers on the new math standards. For the past three years, she has served as an Assistant Principal and has previously been an integral part of implementing RTI2 and School Wide Positive Behavior Support. She brings a wealth of knowledge and a variety of prior experiences to Stone Elementary.