Tuesday, July 26, 2011
New Sumner Schools Director Tours Vol State
According to the Sumner County Schools website Dr. Phillips’ career as an educator began at South Panola High School in Batesville, Mississippi where he taught Cooperative Education. He soon advanced to Assistant Principal Intern, Assistant to the Superintendent and ultimately Principal/Athletic Director of the 1,275-student high school. He was most recently superintendent of Columbus City Schools in Mississippi.
“We have to find out how children in Sumner County learn, how they accept information and how they give that information back to us so we can assess their progress,” said Dr. Phillips. “That’s where leadership comes into play; listening to principals, teachers and students. Often students are left out of that process. We need to ask them, ‘What’s working for you? What made last week’s lesson good? What helped? What didn’t?’ We must give validity to what students do and say about our schools. They are our primary customers.”
Pictured: Vol State Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Bruce Scism; Sumner County Director of Schools, Dr. Del Phillips; and Vol State President, Dr. Warren Nichols.