After 30 years as a teacher and a leader in the Knox County Schools, Melissa Massie Drinnon is joining the faculty of Johnson University’s Templar School of Education as the director of undergraduate and special education.
Ms. Drinnon has served Knox County Schools as a teacher, special education consultant, special education supervisor, and director of special education. In 2009 she became executive director of student support services, leading the district’s efforts in special education, health services, psychological services, school counselors, social services, alternative programs, community schools, and drug-free/safe schools programs. She served on the district’s leadership team and the superintendent’s executive team and worked as part of the group that earned the Knox County Schools a designation as an “exemplary district” for the 2014/15 school year – the only large metropolitan district in the state to achieve this designation.
Ms. Drinnon accepted an early retirement from Knox County Schools as part of their 2018 early retirement incentive and will begin her new role at Johnson University on July 1. Under the leadership of Ms. Drinnon, Johnson University will launch a K-8 Special Education Interventionist undergraduate degree this fall.
“Melissa Massie Drinnon is an educator of extraordinary experience and wisdom, guided by firm faith,” said Dr. Jon Weatherly, vice president for academic affairs and provost at Johnson University. “We are blessed that she is joining our faculty to prepare future teachers to be ready on day one to lead their students in becoming all that they can be.”
“Ms. Drinnon is the perfect individual to join our university,” said Dr. Roy Miller, dean of Johnson University’s Templar School of Education. “She has the knowledge, experience, personality, and desire to lead our undergraduate and special education programs to the next level. I consider it nothing less than ‘divine intervention.’”