Meet Our Directors

Dr. Corey GardenhourDirector of Schools
Dr. Corey Gardenhour 
has been the Director of Schools in Elizabethton since 2015. Before this, he served as principal of West Side and has taught special education among other subjects.




Richard VanHussAssistant Director of Schools
Richard VanHuss
is a 1990 graduate of EHS.  He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee (1995), Master of Education from Milligan College (1997), and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Administration & Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University (2010). During his 21 years at Elizabethton City Schools, he has served as a Mathematics Instructor and an Assistant Principal at EHS, before moving to the Central Office as a Supervisor and Assistant Director of Schools. His wife, Crystal, is a Physical Education Instructor at West Side Elementary School. They have two children, Bryce and Bailee, who are students in the system. They are active members of Oak Street Baptist Church. He has served on the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for six years (not currently on Board).

John HutchinsDirector of Federal Programs, Transportation & Health
John Hutchins
is a graduate of Elizabethton High School with a BS in Health and Physical Education from Milligan College, a Masters from Tusculum College and an Education Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University. He has worked in education for 29 years, teaching Government at Sullivan East for one year and History at T. A. Dugger for 9.5 years. He served as principal at Harold McCormick for 5.5 years before moving to the Central Office as a supervisor. He has been married for 31 years to his wife Pam. They have two sons, Michael (and his wife Maddie), and Joshua (his wife Lindsey, and their children Adriana, Veda, and Maverick). John and Pam love camping, fishing, and golf and their three dogs Annabelle, Jazzie, and Juanita. They attend First Baptist Church, Elizabethton. 


Myra NewmanDirector of Special Education, RTI2, Curriculum & Instruction, and Related Services
Dr. Myra Newman
 is a 1987 graduate of Sweetwater High School. She holds a BS in Special Education from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1993), Master of Science in School Psychology from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1996), Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership/Administration from Lincoln Memorial University (2001), and a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University (2011).  Through the years she has held the following positions:  special education teacher, diagnositician, school psychologist, elementary principal and currently Supervisor of Special Education, Curriculum, RTI2 and Related Services.  Myra is married to Mark Newman, a local Associate Pastor/Youth Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church and EHS Cross Country Coach.  They have two children, MaKayla and Craig.  

Joey TrentDirector of Personnel & Technology Services
Joey Trent 
holds a BS in Information Technology from East Tennessee State University along with an AAS in Electronic Engineering. He has been with Elizabethton City Schools since 2002 and worked in K12 education since 1993. He is married with two sons.






Beth WilsonDirectorof Business & Fiscal Management
Beth Wilson
earned her MBA in 1994 from East Tennessee State University. She then worked as a Payroll Accountant from 1995 to 2001, as a General Ledger Accountant from 2001 to 2004 and as the Elizabethton City Schools Finance Director since 2004.





Eddie PlessDirector of Early Learning, Testing, and Data Services
Charles "Eddie" Pless