Cannon County Director of Schools William F. Curtis has named Julie Vincent to be the new Special Education Supervisor for Cannon County Schools. The position became available upon the resignation of Audrey James, who has served Cannon County Schools for three years, and her resignation will be effective on June 30, 2020. Mrs. Vincent will begin her duties on July 1st, 2020 and have a few days transition period with Mrs. James.
Vincent graduated from Green Mountain College, Vermont in 1990 with her Bachelor’s degree in the areas of Special Education and General Education. From there she went back to her home state of Maine where she began her teaching career near the Canadian border teaching students with disabilities to grades K-8. After meeting her husband, Darrin Vincent of the very popular and award winning Bluegrass Duo Dailey and Vincent, she moved to Missouri where she continued to teach special education to grades 9-12 for 3 years. She and Darrin then moved to Smithville, Tennessee in 1995 with their young son, Zachary. Upon that move she continued working with students with disabilities at Smithville Elementary School. While working at SES, 2 more children, Victoria and Chandler, were added to the family. Mrs. Vincent continued to teach special education at Smithville Elementary School until Northside Elementary School was built in 2000. At this point, she then transferred to Northside as their special education teacher. After spending several years teaching special education, Mrs. Vincent then began teaching general education in grade 3 and 4. During this period of time, she gained 2 more degrees. The first being her Master’s with the major being in the area of Special Education from Tennessee Tech University and her second degree being an Educational Specialist degree in the area of Instructional Leadership also from Tennessee Tech University. While working at Northside Elementary School, Mrs. Vincent was voted by her peers in 2010 as their Teacher of the Year. She then went on to receive the honor of being named DeKalb County’s Teacher of the Year. In 2011, Mrs. Vincent was hired as the Assistant Principal for Northside Elementary. After one year in that position, she was then hired as the principal for Smithville Elementary School, a position she held for 6 years. During this time period, Smithville Elementary School was voted “Best of the Best” elementary school by the community for multiple years, as well as, Mrs. Vincent being named “Best of the Best” Principal for multiple years. In 2015, she and Darrin added a fourth child, Taylor, to their family. Most recently, Mrs. Vincent has spent the past 2 years teaching special education for Lebanon Special School District at Castle Heights Elementary School.
Mrs. Vincent stated, “I am very excited to be joining the wonderful team of educators in Cannon County as the new Supervisor of Special Education. I look forward to working with the Special Education department, administrators, and families as we work together to ensure that all of our students receive the very best that Cannon County has to offer. Getting to know the students, I think, is what I am most excited about! I have always had a passion and a love for working with these amazing individuals. Thank you to Mr. Curtis for inviting me to be a part of the Cannon County Schools family, I feel extremely honored and blessed.”
Director of Cannon County Schools – William F. Curtis stated the following, “I am very excited to announce to have Mrs. Julie Vincent and her expertise at the district level in Cannon County Schools. She is a proven veteran educator, and her expertise as a School Principal plus being an outstanding Special Education Teacher, makes her uniquely qualified for this role in our School System. She will continue her excellence in her new role as Supervisor of Special Education. I am very appreciative of her willingness to be part of the team to achieve OUR MISSION in Cannon County Schools to aid us administratively with each student with disabilities in ‘Preparing ALL Students for Their Future’ through OUR VISION – ‘The New E3 – Engaged in Excellence Every Day!’ Her responsibilities will also encompass our Homebound Program, Gifted Program, and also the Section 504 Coordinator for Cannon County Schools. The Supervisor of Special Education position is one that is extremely important in our schools, because communication and working with students with disabilities, their parents/guardians, Special Education Teachers, Special Education Staff Members, Service Contractors, and individual School Principals is essential. Mrs. Julie Vincent brings this unique skill set and proven ‘track record’ to aid and assist all our stakeholders. I look forward for her getting to know all these stakeholders and her being an important part of our Cannon County Schools Family.”