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Director of School

Shannon Suddath

Shannon Suddath, now in her fourth year at TGA, is serving as the academy's director of school. As director, her duties include supervising the teaching staff, overseeing student discipline, and coorindinating with parents and the community.

Shannon has over 9 years of teaching experience, including teaching in Memphis, Denver, and Lenoir City. Since coming to TGA, she has taught, Humanities, English III and English IV as well as served as the Lead Humanities teacher. This year she will additionally be teaching a Journalism class.

Shannon holds an EdS in Cultural Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville along with both master's and bachelor's degrees from UT.

Assistant Director

Bennett Adkinson

Bennett Adkinson is now in his fourth year at TGA and will serve as the assistant director of school. As assistant director, his duties include overseeing housing and ORNL as well as coordinating special events and fields trips.

Bennett has 7 years of teaching experience, four of which have been teaching physics here at TGA. He has taught Physics 135, Physics 136, Physics 221, Physics 222 and Modern Physics. This year, his teaching duties will also include teaching Theatre, a throwback to his high school passion and his other undergraduate degree.

Bennett is currently working on this PhD in Science Education at the University of Tennessee. Both his bachelor's and master's degrees are from UT as well.