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Every successful school starts with great teachers and strong leaders. They understand what it takes to embrace an already successful school and take it to the next level and make it great. ” For additional information about Fayette Academy, please contact Charlotte Karcher at (901) 465-3295.

Somerville, TN — Fayette Academy’s Head of School, Ron Canada, will officially retire this summer after seven years of service. Canada’s leadership, Fayette Academy launched a school-wide Apple one-to-one laptop program, funded and built a state-of-the-art facility for athletics and performing arts, fostered and streamlined an efficient fiscal operating budget, and launched an inaugural annual fund. Canada previously served as the principal for Humboldt High School for many years before joining the administration at Fayette Academy. Canada will continue to work in the education realm regionally with an insurance provider that works closely with healthcare programs for teachers, schools, and school districts.

Wizard of Oz Production at Fayette Academy Enjoys Tremendous Success Somerville, Tennessee — Over 100 talented, hard-working Fayette Academy students performed in the enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, The Wizard of Oz in April.

The time-honored classic showcased all of the iconic characters and moments that audiences worldwide have loved and cherished.

Seven performances were held over three days to sold out crowds of over 1,000 patrons. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz originally opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. Dorothy was portrayed by a 4’11” sixteen-year-old girl who quickly earned her reputation as “the world’s greatest entertainer”—the incomparable Judy Garland.

The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn Le Roy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Ray Bolger appeared as the Scarecrow; Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Man.

Rita Powell, Fayette Academy’s Head of Lower School, will retire at the end of June after serving eight years where she started her tenure as an elementary counselor followed by her role as elementary principal. Powell served in a leadership capacity for decades in the Shelby County School district where she excelled in the area of classroom instruction, curriculum, and teacher training. Powell worked closely with parents, teachers, and students to ensure that a comprehensive approach to learning was available for every student.

Rick Sullivan, Fayette Academy’s Athletic Director and Student Discipline Coordinator, will officially retire at the end of June after ten years of service as a teacher and coach before serving in his present position as athletic director. Sullivan managed the day-to-day operations of every facet involving student athletics from scheduling, training, certifications, and regulations. Sullivan managed student discipline and behavior for middle and upper school students. Sullivan served as a teacher and coach in Haywood County Schools where he led Haywood County to a state championship and numerous regional championships.

The students and teachers set goals and objectives and keep a record of their activities.

Many schools have student leaders who extend these activities into their communities.

To recognize outstanding achievement and reward student leadership, the NEED project conducts the National Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement annually.

“We could not be more pleased,” stated director of admissions and alumni coordinator Charlotte Karcher.

“Fayette Academy has enjoyed tremendous success over the last 50 years based on a solid foundation of hiring the best teachers and administrators in the business. Acker are joining us from very successful schools where they enjoyed tremendous success.

Fayette Academy’s JV Trap Team recently participated in the Scholastic District Trap Tournament held in Memphis.

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