Phone: 423-753-1130


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Mark Merriman

Welcome Lamar Families!

I am honored to continue to serve as the principal at Lamar School for the 2023-24 school year!  We have an extremely passionate and dedicated faculty and staff that work tirelessly to help your child succeed by building strong teacher-to-student relationships and by partnering with families!

A little information about me: I currently live in Jonesborough and am married to my wonderful life partner! I spent the first 7 years of my life in the Lamar community in Dogwood Village. This is my 14th year in education. I was honored to serve 3 years as principal at Fall Branch School and serve as Asst. Principal at Lamar 6 years ago. I have a B.S. in Music Ed. and B.A. in Music Performance from Xavier University in Cincinnati, endorsements from the University of Kentucky, and a M.Ed in Educational Leadership from ETSU. I taught music in inner-city Cincinnati and at Grandview and coached middle school soccer. I am active in several civic organizations in Jonesborough and in my church community in Johnson City. I am proud to serve Lamar School and live in the beautiful community where I grew up!

Please feel free to email me at or call the school office at (423) 753-1130. You can also follow our school on Twitter @Lamar_School and on our FaceBook page. You can also find detailed information on our school’s webpage (click “Lamar” on the school’s tab).

Again and on behalf of the faculty and staff of Lamar, we welcome you and look forward to helping our students fulfill our school's motto "be the best that [they] can be!"


Mark Merriman