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Mr.  Rodney  Roberson
Principal

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I am proud to be a product of the Hawkins County School System. My Hawkins County career began when I entered Keplar Elementary School as a kindergartner.  After my stay at Keplar Elementary through fifth grade, I was promoted to Rogersville Middle School.  While there, my teachers prepared me for my transition to high school. At the end of eighth grade, I transitioned into Cherokee Comprehensive High School. While at Cherokee High School, my teachers continued encouraging me to do my best and graduate prepared for a successful college adventure. I left the comfort of Hawkins County Schools at the end of my high school career to further my education at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN.  I was very proud of my Hawkins County education because my teachers had prepared me for success.  While at Tennesse Tech, I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. I knew that I was meant to work with numbers; I just didn't know what was in the big plan for me.  While at Tennesse Tech, I met my wife who is also a product of Hawkins County Schools. After we completed our college degrees, her degree in education and my degree in business, we got married.  She would come home telling how great it was to help students and see them learn.  This was the turning point in my career, and I knew what I was called to do. I continued my education by enrolling at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City to earn my Masters of Arts in Teaching. My desire was to help students in math.  I was blessed to have a student teaching placement at Bulls Gap School in Hawkins County.  My blessings continued with the opportunity to teach seventh and eighth-grade math, pre-algebra, and eventually algebra.  I was happy to give back to the school system that had done so much for me as I grew from a child to a young adult.  During my twelve years as a middle school math teacher at Bulls Gap, I was able to affect many lives and give my students the skills to be successful in their future endeavors. During this time, I also completed my Educational Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate. I left Bulls Gap to pursue an administrative opportunity in Greene County, TN, at Mosheim School. This was a great opportunity and learning experience. In 2013, I was given the opportunity to come home to Hawkins County and my community.  I accepted an assistant principal position at Surgoinsville Middle School, and two years later I was promoted to principal of Surgoinsville Middle School. This is my second year as the principal of Surgoinsville Middle School where I will continue to help prepare Surgoinsville Middle School students for a successful high school career at Volunteer Comprehensive High School.  I want our students to be able to graduate from high school and use their chosen careers to reach goals they have set for themselves.