The longtime principal of the Washington Alternative Center has abruptly left his post.
County School officials said Dr. Rodney Knox "did not resign. He retired."
Dr. Knox has been principal at the school that takes the most disruptive county school students since 2008.
He said, "I loved my job." He said he retired because "I am in a new phase of my life."
Dr. Knox said he had been in education for over 30 years.
The native of Chattanooga is a product of the Chattanooga Public Schools. He has been an administrator with Hamilton County for the past 11 years. Prior to becoming an administrator, he served as a general and special education teacher for over 15 years. He taught in various educational settings including elementary, middle, high and collegiate levels.
Dr. Knox said in his website bio: "I began my college career in Business Administration, however, while at Lane College, I became fascinated with working with people from all walks of life. Therefore, I changed my major to elementary education and received a bachelor’s degree. Continuing my focus in education I earned a Masters of Arts in Special Education and an Ed. D in Educational Leadership from Tennessee State University. I am also proud parent of two sons, Cameron and Cody, both of whom enjoy learning and participating in every sport known to man especially basketball, track, and football.
"My philosophy on education is very straight forward; I believe that all children will learn when given the necessary tools to achieve in an ever changing society. I also believe that a data driven curriculum with a humanistic approach is necessary to challenge both teachers and students to focus on each student’s specific educational needs. Research has demonstrated that teachers who hold high expectations for students usually achieve favorable results. Likewise, when administrators have high expectations for teachers it is mirrored in their interactions of a nurtured and motivated environment that will harvest success for all.
"I appreciate the opportunity to continue the rich tradition and heritage of Washington. I feel privileged, to initiate new programs and support the teachers, and successful programs established here at Washington. Please feel free to call me if you have questions or concerns, I offer an open door policy, with a listening ear."