Principal's Corner

  • Tara Churchwell

    Dr. Tara Churchwell - Principal

    On Site 504 Coordinator

     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 2022-23 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

              Hello, it is a pleasure to introduce myself to you as your Assistant Principal. I want to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself and my background so that you can begin to get to know me. 

          I am originally from Kingsport, TN, where I graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School. I attended college at ETSU, where I majored in Child and Family Studies and Human Development and Learning. After my first round of college, I didn't really know what I wanted to do, so I spent some time teaching high school colorguard, and during that time, I realized that I wanted to be a teacher. To achieve this goal, I attended Milligan College and worked on my Masters of Education in K-6. After graduating from Milligan, I taught 4th grade at West Elementary School in Morristown, TN for two years until my husband and I moved back to the Tri-Cities. Upon moving back to the area, I taught 6th grade ELA at Robinson Middle School in Kingsport, TN for 7 years. During my time at Robinson, I went back to ETSU and pursued my Doctorate of Education. After graduating from ETSU a second time, I began my career as an administrator by serving as Associate Principal at Andrew Jackson Elementary in Kingsport for the past two years. This brings me to now, where I am beginning a new journey in Washington County Schools. I am excited about beginning this journey with you, and I look forward to learning about what makes Grandview special in the coming year!

            I currently live in Johnson City with my husband, and our very spoiled Yorkie. When I am not at work, I enjoy cooking, gardening, listening to True Crime podcasts, and reading. While we do not have children of our own, we have three amazing nieces and nephews that fill our hearts with love and joy.

            I know that this year is one full of uncertainty, but I am confident that by working together, we can face whatever obstacles may come our way. We can all agree that this will not be a normal year, but please be assured that Mrs. Churchwell and I are working alongside the leadership team and with guidance from the district to make sure we have a well thought out plan of action in place for whatever format of learning we may be presented with in the coming year. I thank you in advance for your flexibility and open-mindedness as we work together in our new normal.  

            Thank you for allowing me to introduce myself to you, and I wish you a healthy and peaceful end to the summer break.