Our Story

Clayton-Bradley Academy is an independent PreK-12th grade school in Blount County, convenient to Knoxville and the surrounding areas. This small, year-round school offers students a nurturing place to excel through "being-there" experiences, creative project-based learning and real-world applications within the context of a rigorous curriculum.

In early 2013, a small group of educators and parents came together to brainstorm the idea of a different educational option for our community. They believed in the power of experiential learning and student ownership of the learning process, combined with a positive and enriching school environment. Included in the group were Pat Bradley-the current Executive Director of Clayton-Bradley Academy, Linda Jordan - a leading expert in Highly Effective Teaching, and Kevin Clayton - CEO of Clayton Homes.

CBA opened its doors in 2013 with 77 students in grades K-6 but has quickly grown to over 300 students in PK-12th grade. One of our goals is to maintain the small, family feel that we started with, so we will reach full capacity at 580 students, with approximately 40 per grade level.


Reimagining education


To ignite the power of learning


Clayton-Bradley Academy is dedicated to creating a student-centered, positive, and challenging environment where all students excel through:

Critical thinking
Lifelong Guidelines and Lifeskills

Board of Trustees

The Innovative Education Partnership is comprised of leaders in education, business management, finance, media technology, and community service. Advisers to the board include retired presidents, CEOs and top officials of leading STEM industries.

Mary Bogert
Vice Chair

General Manager,
Knoxville Convention Center (SMG)

Don Bruce

Professor, University of Tennessee

Ross Bradley
Bradley Family

VP of Development, TDK Construction

David Jordan
Clayton Homes

VP, Corporate Services, Clayton Homes

Elizabeth Neilson

Retired, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Finance & Administration, University of Tennessee

Jeff Pelletier

VP of Research and Solutions, ProNova

Lynn Peterson

Attorney, Lewis, Thomason, King, 
Krieg & Waldrop, P.C.

John Powell

Director, Environment, Safety and Health, Oak Ridge National Lab

Tom Sudman

Chairman & Founder, Digital AV

Margie Nichols

Vice Chancellor for Communications Emerita
University of Tennessee

Linda Jordan

Senior Implementation Advisor
International Center for Leadership in Education

Ignite the Power of Learning


Pat Bradley

Executive Director

Kendall Terry

Assistant Director

Mary Liford

Principal, Lower School

Brad Rasmussen

Principal, Upper School

Kimberly Headrick

Counselor, Lower School

Hannah Hagler

Counselor, Upper School

Rebecca Wolfenbarger

Director of Community Outreach

Brittany Ryden

Director of Enrollment Management

Stephen Nelson

Marketing & Camp CBA

Grant Redmond

Athletic Director

Support Staff

Nina Esmark

Accountant, Business Office

LeAnn Graves

Assistant, Business Office

Claire Hammontree

Financial Assistant, Business Office

Rebecca Burchfield

Assistant, Lower School

Melissa Dovey

Assistant, Upper School


Thank you for your interest in working with Clayton-Bradley Academy.

We look for special individuals with a proven background in innovative education, coupled with a desire for student success. We encourage you to take the time to study our website.

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Questions can be directed to Kendall Terry at terryk@claytonbradleyacademy.org