A desire to make McMinn County High School the best it can be for students led Joe Young to become the school’s newest principal.
“I am very excited to be in McMinn County High School and to be working with some great people here, so I am thankful to be part of that,” Young said. “I am so thankful for the trust Director (of Schools Lee) Parkison has put in me and this is where I want to be.”
Young was promoted to his new role after serving as assistant principal for three years and athletic director since April of last year. He took the place of David McDonald as principal.
One of his goals is to make the school as great as it can be.
“We want to make it an elite institution,” stated Young. “We want to be a place where academics is important, athletics are important, community relations is important and a place that gives students the best possible chance to be successful.”
Young sought out this position due to his love of working with students and his passion for leadership.
“It is not about us as administrators, it is about the students and making sure that this place is student-centered and we are driven by student outcomes,” expressed Young.
Young has an extensive history in education, having worked in the field for about 18 years.
Among his duties, he has served as the math instructional coach for the McMinn County School System, worked as assistant principal for the last three years and served as athletic director last year alongside his assistant principal duties.
“I’ve had a lot of responsibility the last few years and I am thankful for it,” Young expressed.
He graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan University in 1993 with a Human Services degree before going back to TWU a few years later to obtain his education degree.
He began his teaching career after obtaining his education degree and has taught at “every level” from first grade through high school.
He was mainly a math teacher and has taught in multiple schools across the county.
He has been married to his wife, Wendy Young, since 1992 and they have two daughters — Madison is currently a first grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School and Jessica has recently graduated from TWU with a Business degree. His hobbies consist of bike riding, fishing and now focusing on McMinn County High School.
“I look forward to spending time on athletics, watching the band and going to concerts that we have here and anything that involves our students,” Young said. “I think it is important for our students to see us at events and know that we support them, so we make sure that we do that.”
He also thanked everyone who has taught and supported him on his journey to reaching his current position.
“There has been a lot of great people that have influenced me inside this county,” Young stated. “I have been fortunate to work for several great principals, several great teachers and I just hope that I can help add to the success of McMinn County High School.”