Meet the Visionary Team Behind Clayton-Bradley Academy
After a 31-year career as a top educator in the state, Mrs. Bradley created her dream school. The Blount County native began her career at John Sevier Elementary where she served as a first grade teacher for 17 years.
In 1995, Bradley was instrumental in creating Fort Craig School of Dynamic Learning. Fort Craig is a school of “choice” that focuses on many of the best practices in education and has proven to be one of the most effective schools in Tennessee.
In 2000, Bradley was named principal of Mary Blount Elementary School where she participated in the planning and construction of the new K-5 facility and helped moved the program, with over 650 students, into its new school in 2001. Under Bradley’s leadership, Mary Blount Elementary was chosen as a national showcase school for the Highly Effective Teaching Model. This model, developed by Susan Kovalik, translated the latest brain research into practical classroom application. Research documents this model as being one of the most effective in raising student achievement, based on assessed state standards.
In 2003, Bradley continued her passion to help students achieve their maximum potential by implementing the Highly Effective Teaching program at Woodland Elementary in Oak Ridge, where she was then principal. The school became a training site for best practices developed through brain compatible learning.
A few of her many honors and achievement include receiving the Outstanding Educator Award in Maryville, being nominated for Principal of the Year Award, and being named “Best Boss’ in a Reader’s Choice Award. Bradley is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Elementary Education. Bradley earned an additional master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University, along with serving on more than seven Boards.
“Parents will have another top-notch choice in education. We also see this as an opportunity to demonstrate new ways educators and businesses can partner in providing students with real-world experiences in an integrated STEM environment, starting in kindergarten. We’ll be trying new things in a constantly-changing world, while holding fast to the best practices in how children learn.”
Kendall Terry loves exploring the world through science. As a child growing up in the mountains of West Virginia, life would regularly include looking for organisms in the streams and rivers to hiking through the mountains. It was during this point in his life that a love developed for the living world that continues today.
A high school Valedictorian, Terry understands being committed to educational goals. After attending Marshall University in Huntington, WV for his freshman year, Terry transferred to Lee University in Cleveland, TN. While a student at Lee, Terry began to travel and see cultures around the world. His first trip out of the country was to China to teach English. Next, Terry was able to join a Smithsonian Institute of Technology team doing research on the golden poison dart frog, Phyllobates terribilis, deep in the rainforests of Panama. For the team, Terry used radio tracking and UV powder tracking to locate the amphibians throughout the day and night. These trips impressed upon Terry the varieties in the human experience and how “Being There” global-encounters serve as incredible learning opportunities. Graduating summa cum laude from Lee University, Terry earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Education with a 7-12 teaching licensure and a minor in Biblical Studies in 2003.
As a professional educator, Terry began his career as a seventh-grade instructor at Gaston College Prep, a KIPP school in Gaston, NC. It was during that year when an opportunity presented itself that was a lifelong passion, being a full-time youth pastor. In June of 2004, Terry moved to Maryville, TN to accept a job with Restoration International Outreach. During this time, Terry was able to lead student mission trips to Panama, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Ecuador as well as helping the economically disadvantaged in the inner cities of America. In 2008, Terry once again missed his love for the classroom and began teaching Biology at Heritage High School.
Terry was one of the founding members of the STEM program at Heritage High and created a new course, Scientific Research which allowed learners the chance to conduct original research. In 2013, he was named a STEM Fellow with the STEM Innovation Hub in Chattanooga. In addition, Terry was named Blount County’s High School Science Teacher of the Year and Blount County’s High School Teacher of the Year. Terry believes in being a lifelong learner. He regularly attends professional conferences, as well as presenting. He has presented several times at the Tennessee National Science Teacher Association conferences as well as a regional National Science Teacher Association conference. Terry is also active in school athletics: he coached boys and girls tennis teams at Heritage for four consecutive seasons.
While at Clayton Bradley Academy, Terry has continued to share his love of learning with his students. In the spring of 2015, Terry’s Biology class conducted an extensive 8-week stream assessment of Pistol Creek. This creek flows right through the property of the school and CBA students wanted to raise awareness for the state of this creek. This project will be one that Terry’s Biology courses will continue to monitor for years to come. Terry has also brought his love of tennis to CBA. He coached the school’s first tennis clinic in the spring of 2015 and currently coaches CBA’s first tennis team.
One part of Terry’s life that will always take precedence over everything else is his family. While a student at Lee University, Terry met his beautiful wife Rachel. They were married in 2002, the summer before their senior year of college. They have three amazing kids: Emily, Kendall, and Alayna.
Director of Fiscal
Before joining the Clayton-Bradley STEM Academy as Assistant Director, Cindy Schneitman was a 34-year veteran educator for Blount County Schools. Ms. Schneitman is excited about the opportunity to work with the Innovative Educational Partnership, Inc. Board of Trustees and Executive Director, Pat Bradley, in accomplishing the mission and vision of Clayton-Bradley STEM Academy: “Students will excel to their highest potential in a positive, challenging environment where STEM philosophies and applications will be a driving force to align the curriculum at every grade level.”
Ms. Schneitman comes with 27 years of experience as an administrator, in which she served as administrator for Middlesettlements School (19 years), Eagleton Elementary, Mary Blount Elementary, Fairview Elementary, and Townsend Elementary. Graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, she obtained her degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education.
During her tenure, Ms. Schneitman has earned numerous honors and rewards, which include the 2012-2013 Excellence in Instructional Leadership Award for leading her school in high student achievement. Other awards and accreditations include: Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM) Certification, Career Ladder Level III Administrator, Gold Level Status in Action for Healthy Kids Program, and Accreditation with Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. Schneitman’s memberships in various committees include: System-Wide Professional Development, System-Wide Technology Committee, System-wide Preschool Committee, Blount County Administrators Association (President in 2007 and 2003), Host Site for Schools Exceeding Expectations (2010), System-Wide School Improvement Planning Committee, Blount Board Policy Committee Member, Co-chair of Middle School Educational Specifications for Blount County Schools, and Regional Delegate for Principal’s Study Council.
Ms. Schneitman is a member of numerous professional organizations including: The National Association of Elementary School Principals, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, Blount County Administrators Association, and the Principal’s Study Council.
Ms. Schneitman comes with a wealth of experience and has presented workshops on numerous topics, such as: Teaching Students to Remember, What Great Teachers Do Differently; Listen Up, Teacher, You Are Making a Difference; Reading Strategies that Build Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Fluency, Closing the Achievement Gap; Using Higher Order Thinking Skills; Using Differentiated Instruction (One Size Doesn’t Fit All!); and Using Technology in the Classroom.
Lower School Principal
Mary Liford, a long-serving educator with Maryville City Schools for 30 years, joins the faculty and staff of Clayton-Bradley STEM Academy as Elementary Principal. Mary is delighted to be associated with the innovative and stimulating leadership, staff, and families of Clayton-Bradley Academy. She looks forward to serving in supporting the faculty, staff, and families with best practices and highly effective teaching strategies.
Mrs. Liford served as an instructor for John Sevier Elementary, Fort Craig School of Dynamic Learning, and Coulter Grove Intermediate School. Mary received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. She earned her Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee and is certified in grades K-8. She also has advanced credit hours and coursework from the University of Tennessee and Stanford University.
As a professional educator, Mary Liford has participated in numerous professional trainings and received various certifications and honors. She is recognized as a Highly Qualified Teacher by the state of Tennessee, a Career Ladder Teacher, and a Leader by her administrators in her teaching career. She is a member of the National Education Association, the Tennessee Education Association, and has been the liaison for Maryville City’s Association. She is a member of the National Geographical Society for educators. Mary is certified in an administrative role for the Teacher Instructional Growth for Effectiveness and Results (TIGER) Model. She is trained and certified as a Coach and Mentor for teachers. Mary also received training and certifications from Stewards of Children; Quantum Learning; Common Core Standard in Reading/Language Arts; Co-Teaching and Support for Instruction. Throughout her career, Mary has held many leadership roles both serving and chairing on school and system-wide committees. She was selected by the Director of Schools to serve on the Planning Team to help create, develop, and implement Maryville City Schools first and only year-round school, Fort Craig School of Dynamic Learning. Fort Craig School of Dynamic Learning was a school of choice in the city of Maryville and was recognized throughout the state for its high quality of education.
Mary Liford and her family are active members of East Maryville Baptist Church. She serves as a Sunday School teacher in the Children’s Department for second graders. She has a son attending the University of Tennessee. Mary and her husband, David, enjoy golf, baseball, and picnics in the Smoky Mountain National Park. She loves to read, write, and illustrate children’s literature.
As the Elementary Principal for Clayton-Bradley Academy, Mary Liford shares the school’s vision, promotes integrity, and believes strongly in ethical behavior and high achievement for the students. She hopes to encourage and nurture the love for learning through engaged instruction and an effective learning environment.
Upper School Principal
Rebecca Wolfenbarger joins Clayton Bradley Academy after thirty years in public education. She is thrilled by the new opportunities being a part of the creative process of building a new school affords her.
Rebecca earned a B.S. Degree in English Secondary Education from East Tennessee State University. Later she earned an M.S.in Supervision and Administration and an Ed.S in Curriculum and Development both from Lincoln Memorial University.
Rebecca is a native of Johnson City, Tennessee where she served as a seventh and eighth grade English teacher. She moved to Maryville after one year where she worked as a seventh and eighth grade English teacher for Maryville City for nine years. During that time a particularly exciting year was spent as a middle/high school English teacher in Melbourne, Victoria Australia as the TN representative in the exchange program sponsored by the Victorian Board of Education. After nine years as a stay-at-home mom for sons Eric and Doug, she returned to work for Blount County Schools where she served over a period of nineteen years as a high school English teacher and administrator, system-wide special education coordinator, and middle school literacy leader. Rebecca’s professional affiliations include Association for Supervision of Curriculum and Development, National Council of Teachers of English, International Reading Association, Professional Educators of Tennessee, and Alpha Delta Kappa teacher’s sorority.
Rebecca has been married for thirty-three years to husband Will. They have two sons, Eric of Murfreesboro, TN and Doug of Spring Hill, TN. Travel has always been a family priority and has taken them to many sections of the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, several countries in Europe, and short term missions in Haiti. They are members of First United Methodist Church where Rebecca sings in the choir. Rebecca loves reading, going for long walks, and antiquing with Will.
“Students must learn the skills of independent thinking, working, problem solving, and persevering through failure to develop creative solutions. The educational philosophies that guide instruction and the incredible educators at Clayton Bradley will provide students with all of these and more. I am so fortunate and blessed to be part of this incredible journey.”
Lower School Director of Student Affairs
Kim Headrick was born and raised in East Tennessee. She and her husband, David, have also lived in Georgia and North Carolina. Kim earned her degree in Elementary Education at Carson Newman College. She was a classroom teacher in Georgia. She earned her School Counseling degree at Georgia State University. She was an elementary counselor in Marietta, Georgia. After moving back home to Tennessee, Kim served as an early intervention specialist with TEIS (Tennessee Early Intervention Services) working with children from birth to age three with disabilities and developmental delays and their families. She also served as a data collector, collecting information from daycare centers, preschools, and schools for the University of Tennessee’s Social Work Office of Research and Public Service. Most recently, Kim has worked as a school counselor for Blount County Schools.
She and her husband have three children: Zachary, Mackenzie, and Brantly. Kim enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and being outside. She is thankful for our school’s student-centered, positive, and challenging environment. Kim is very excited about serving students, families, and staff at Clayton-Bradley Academy.
Upper School Director of Student Affairs
In the words of the famous hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, “it’s a dangerous business…going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” Brad Rasmussen has not “kept his feet!” Born in Colombia, South America and raised in every corner of the United States, Mr. R, as the students call him, is a well-traveled, bilingual, certified school counselor with 20 years experience working with young people.
After receiving a B. A. in Psychology from Messiah College, Mr. R worked for an adolescent, psychiatric agency providing services to inner city students in Harrisburg, PA. Subsequently, he and his wife, Kira, ventured to the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado to direct the Powerhouse, a city wide youth center. While there, Mr. R served the community’s youth, helping them transition into adulthood. Showing that adulthood could be awesome, he also snowboarded, performed his own music, and promoted others’ music.
The desire to start a family lead the Rasmussens to southern New Jersey. They lived on an Atlantic coast barrier island close to Kira’s relatives. As his own family grew, so did his professional expertise, and Mr. R earned an M. Ed. in counseling from Shippensburg University. With his credentials, Mr. R served as a high school counselor for five years in Pennsylvania. However, born travelers can hear the call of the road.
For the Rasmussens, the call came with three young children in tow. To promote his eponymous record and continue helping others, Mr. R sold his house and moved his family into a 30 foot “Class C” RV. Over the next 18 months, the Rasmussens served communities and played music in 40 out of the 50 states. They even crossed the border into Mexico to work with a children’s home in Juarez. An amazing experience, Brad and Kira gave their children a true “being there” adventure, and shared their passion for service work, while having fun! Upon landing in Maryville, the free-wheelin’ Rasmussens knew they found their home.
Since moving to Blount County in 2008, Mr. R worked in elementary, middle, and high school settings as a school counselor. He most recently served as the counseling department chair at Heritage High School. His background with all ages makes him a perfect fit for the K-12 setting at Clayton-Bradley. At CBA, Mr. R gets to create a school from the ground up with incredible colleagues. Serving each student, Mr. R places their needs first – today, tomorrow, and everyday.