Johnson City Schools names three new assistant principals for 2019-2020


Johnson City Schools has placed three new assistant principals at Lake Ridge Elementary, Mountain View Elementary and Fairmont Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year. Johnson City Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Barnett announced the appointment of Lucretia Stephens (Lake Ridge), Yecenia “Jesse” Cigarroa (Mountain View) and Dr. Aaron Wood (Fairmont).

“We are excited about the opportunity to provide these three educators with valuable administrative experience with Johnson City Schools,” Dr. Barnett said. “Lucretia, Jesse and Aaron all bring a wealth of potential and knowledge to their new schools, and they will each have great opportunities to learn under talented and dedicated principals.”

Stephens, who will serve as an assistant principal at Lake Ridge under Principal Renee Wood, spent 15 years in the classroom at Fairmont Elementary teaching kindergarten to second grade. She has also served as a mentor teacher to aspiring teachers for over a decade. Prior to her time with Johnson City Schools, Stephens taught Pre-K at Upper East Tennessee Head Start.

Stephens received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Child & Family Studies and also received a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from East Tennessee State University. She also holds an Education Specialist degree in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University and she is currently enrolled as a Leadership Academy Fellow in the University of Tennessee’s Center for Educational Leadership.

“I am extremely honored to be selected as the assistant principal for Lake Ridge Elementary,” Stephens said. “I am looking forward to serving the students, families, and faculty at Lake Ridge, and becoming a part of the wonderful community.”

Cigarroa, who will serve as assistant principal at Mountain View under Principal Dr. Melissa Stukes, served as a teacher at North Side Elementary for 13 years, teaching grades 2-4 and kindergarten. 

While at North Side her leadership roles included serving as School Improvement Team Chair and After School Remediation and Enrichment Director. Cigarroa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, Master of Arts degree in Teaching and a Master of Arts Degree in Reading Education all from East Tennessee State University. She also has an Educational Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University and is also enrolled in the Leadership Academy Fellow in the University of Tennessee’s Center for Educational Leadership.

“I am extremely excited and honored for the opportunity to serve as the assistant principal at Mountain View Elementary,” Cigarroa said. “I am looking forward to working alongside the faculty, staff, and Mountain View community.  I can’t wait to learn and obtain guidance from a strong and wonderful leader like Dr. Melissa Stukes.”

Wood, who will serve as assistant principal at Fairmont Elementary under Principal Carol McGill, has spent almost five years in the classroom as a Chemistry and Biology teacher before transitioning to the Science Hill testing, advanced placement and international baccalaureate coordinator for last 3.5 years at the high school.

Wood received his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education from Milligan College. He also received his Doctorate of Education in Administrative Leadership from Carson Newman University.

“I am beyond excited to be welcomed in as a part of the Fairmont Elementary family,” Wood said.  “The success and culture of Fairmont makes it a truly special place. I am fortunate and appreciative to become part of such a successful school, and to have the opportunity to learn from Fairmont Principal Carol McGill is an absolute dream come true.”