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.”
Degrees/Certifications: Lee University, BS Biological Education 2003
Hometown: Beckley, WV
Tell us about your experience in three sentences or less: I believe in the experience of learning. From my childhood running around in the mountains of West Virginia to researching Golden Tree frogs in the rainforests of Panama to teaching English to elementary students in China, learning is a progression of experiences. Our experiences help blaze our trail in life as we figure out who we are and allow those experiences to lead us into our future.
Fun fact: I have an amazing wife and three great children that bring such joy to my life.
Favorite thing about CBA: The culture that has been created at CBA for students to take risks and learn in a way that is best for the brain.
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
Grade you teach or position held: Lower School Principal PreK-5
Degrees/Certifications: MS Supervision and Administration from Lincoln Memorial University; BS Elementary Education Certified Grades 1-8 from Carson-Newman University
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Tell us about yourself/experience in three sentences or less: I have been in education as a teacher and an administrator for over 34 years. I began my career teaching in Maryville City schools in third, fourth, and fifth grade. I joined Clayton-Bradley Academy the first year it opened as the principal for the Lower School.
Fun fact: I swan with the dolphins in the Caribbean and drove a jet ski to see Jack Sparrow’s ship The Black Pearl on Castaway Cay Island.
Favorite thing about CBA: Everyday is a new day with fabulous students, families, and teachers.
Upper School Principal
Grade you teach or position held: Upper School Principal
Degrees/Certifications: BA in English and Secondary Education; MS in
Administration and Supervision; Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction
Hometown: Johnson City, TN
Tell us about yourself/experience in three sentences or less: I taught
for one year in Washington County, TN in a K-8 school and then moved to
Maryville to teach at Maryville Jr. High where I taught English for nine years
including a year of exchange in Melbourne, Victoria Australia. During those
nine years, I married and then left the classroom to be a full-time Mom for
the next nine years. I returned to work in Blount County Schools teaching
high school English and serving in administration for the next 20 years. I
retired from public schools and came to CBA in May 2014.
Fun fact: I have climbed to the top of Urulu (Ayer’s Rock) in the Northern
Territory, Australia twice and jogged around the 13-mile paved base once.
Favorite thing about CBA: All the phenomenal teachers who work hard to
make sure that all students are challenged and stretched to their potential
and the freedom to have them create so this can be accomplished.
Lower School Director of Student Affairs
Grade you teach or position held: Lower School Counselor
Degrees/Certifications: Carson-Newman College, BS in Elementary Education, Georgia State University, MA
in School Counseling
Hometown: Sevierville, TN
Tell us about yourself/experience in three sentences or less: I have previous experience as a classroom teacher, as an early intervention specialist, and in school counseling. I love spending time with family, my husband David, my children, Zachary, Hayley, Mackenzie, and Brantly, reading, and being outside!
Fun fact: I competed in the state track championship on my high school 440 relay team.
Favorite thing about CBA: The school’s belief in building relationships, LIFESKILLS, and respect for diversity
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.