Frederick named new GR Hampton principal

Brian Frederick
Brian Frederick

The School-Based Decision Making Council at G.R. Hampton Elementary has selected Knox educator Brian Frederick to be the school’s next leader.

Frederick will be bringing 12 years of education experience to the principal’s office at Hampton. A Knox Schools native, Frederick started his teaching career at the former Boone Elementary in 2003 then was asked to transfer to the newly formed Knox County Middle School in 2006.

Frederick made the move this past January to Knox Appalachian School for a brief stay as a career readiness teacher. He has served on numerous committees and been spotlighted for his instructional practices in the classroom.

“I would like to thank the SBDM council for placing their confidence and faith in me to serve as the new principal at G.R. Hampton Elementary,” shared Frederick following news of his hire. “I look forward in guiding G.R. Hampton to being the next proficient school in the district.”

Frederick is replacing longtime Hampton educator John West who announced his retirement from the principal position earlier this summer.

Bringing together the Hampton community will the first order of business as new principal, Frederick explained.

“The first thing I plan on doing is getting to know the faculty, staff,parents, and students of G.R. Hampton Elementary as well as building a sense of trust with each so that all stakeholders can work together for the betterment of our students.”

Knox Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles welcomed Frederick to the position with praise.

“I have seen the excitement that he brings to the classroom having been the former principal at Knox Middle, and I know that he will bring that same work ethic and energy into the position as principal,” said Sprinkles.

Prior to hiring Frederick, the SBDM council participated in a principal selection training provided by the Southeast-South Central Education Cooperative, solicited community-wide feedback online through a survey, and conducted interviews with the top candidates.