The recent reclassification of positions announced earlier this week has created opportunities for other staff to assume new positions in the Oak Ridge Schools, including at Robertsville Middle School and Secret City Academy, a press release said.
Here are the organizational changes:
- D.T. Hobby will become the Robertsville Middle School assistant principal, which was open due to Garfield Adams being named the new Robertsville Middle School principal.
- John Roberts will be the new Secret City Academy (formerly the ORS Alternative School) administrator due to the departure of D.T. Hobby. Roberts is currently an Oak Ridge High School assistant principal.
- A vacancy will be posted immediately to fill the open Oak Ridge High School assistant principal position.
See a summary of the backgrounds of both Hobby and Roberts below.
Hobby is from Gallatin, Tennessee, and has been an East Tennessee resident for close to 20 years. He attended Tennessee Tech University, where he received his bachelor’s degree. Hobby received his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Lincoln Memorial University and then continued at LMU to receive his Ed.S in administration and supervision.
Hobby has worked in both the juvenile and adult criminal court system and the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. He was a classroom science teacher at Northwest Middle School in Knox County for four years and the high school level science teacher at the Secret City Academy for six years, where he also was the administrative designee. Hobby has been the administrator at the Secret City Academy since the 2014-2015 school year.
Hobby is married to Karri Hobby, an elementary principal in Anderson County. They have three sons, Connor Hobby, Mason Hobby, and Luke Johnson.
“Hobby is honored to be a part of the Oak Ridge Schools and looks forward to working with Robertsville Middle School’s staff, students, and parents,” the press release said.
Roberts is from Houston, Texas, and has now been an east Tennessee resident for 11 years. He attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he received his bachelor’s degree. Roberts received his master’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and then went on to earn his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Memphis.
Roberts has been in education for 18 years. As a teacher for eight years, he provided instruction in the areas of mathematics and science across grade levels spanning 7th through 12th.
Roberts entered administration while serving in Memphis City Schools at Kingsbury High School. He is now entering his 11th year in administration, and prior to joining Oak Ridge Schools, he was an administrator in Roane County and also a professor in the College of Education at Lincoln Memorial University.
Roberts has five children, Lathan, Canon, Hagen, Brighton, and Zaxton, ranging in ages from seven to 15.
“Roberts has enjoyed his tenure at Oak Ridge High School and now embraces the opportunity to continue serving students and the community of Oak Ridge as the leader of the Secret City Academy,” the press release said.
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