Principal's Corner

  • Tara Churchwell

    Tara Churchwell - Principal

     Dear Grandview Elementary Students, Families, and Community Members,

             I am Tara Churchwell. I am honored and thrilled to introduce myself to you as the new Principal of Grandview Elementary School! It is with a great sense of gratitude that I accept the opportunity to continue my educational journey with the Grandview family.

             I look forward to working with this amazing community as we begin the 2020-21 school year. As the principal of Grandview Elementary School, I embrace the opportunity to partner with you to provide our students with a rigorous, engaging, and memorable school experience.

             I am a graduate of Volunteer High School. My education coupled with my school experiences inspired me to join the teaching profession. As I enter my eighteenth year in education, I have held a variety of opportunities that prepared me for this one of a kind platform in my professional career. The majority of my teaching experience was spent at the elementary and middle school levels in special education. After 13 years in special education, I began teaching regular education as a sixth grade English and Language Arts teacher. I am currently working on my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of the Cumberlands. I obtained an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a Masters in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. My Bachelor’s degree was in Special Education from East Tennessee State University.

             In addition to my professional accomplishments, I feel that my experiences as a parent have shaped me to become a better educator and administrator. My family is very important to me. I am happily married and have three sons. I am pleased that my extended family now includes the students, parents, and staff of the Grandview Elementary community.

             As the new principal of Grandview Elementary, I pledge to communicate and work with you to ensure a vision of shared excellence and prosperity. I look forward to meeting and partnering with you to ensure the success of every student at Grandview Elementary School. Please feel free to email me at or call me at 423-257-7400. Thank you in advance for your continued support of Grandview Elementary. I am confident that together we can help our students reach high levels of success.

    Dr. Rachel Heaton

    We would like to welcome our new Assistant Principal Dr. Rachel Heaton to Grandview Elementary School.