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Meet the Principals


Principal Dr. Amanda Tinker


Dear School Family, 

It is truly an honor to be able to be a part of your student’s first years of school. We take our responsibility in this important milestone in your child’s life very seriously. Our faculty and staff are committed to creating a safe and positive learning environment where students achieve mastery of knowledge and skills, develop character, and create high-quality student work.

Student safety and well-being is of the utmost concern at Lenoir City Elementary School. We strive to create a safe, nurturing, and respectful school environment where our students feel supported and included so that our youngest students develop socially and emotionally as well as academically. Our faculty and staff intentionally guide students to treat others well by displaying empathy, integrity, respect, and compassion and to develop the mindsets and skills needed to become effective learners including initiative, responsibility, perseverance, and collaboration. These habits of character prepare students to contribute to their school and larger community through citizenship and service. 

Our teachers ensure that our academic curriculum is rigorous, meaningful, and aligned with standards so that our students demonstrate deeper understanding in knowledge and skills within each subject. We prioritize the mastery of foundational reading and math skills as well as building knowledge of the world through engaging and enriching learning opportunities. Students are provided with opportunities each day to think critically, apply their learning to meaningful tasks, and to communicate their ideas through speaking, writing, presenting, and creating authentic work utilizing a variety of mediums (e.g. technology, art, music, performance, publishing).

Our goal for each student is to inspire curiosity, a love of learning, and habits of social and academic character. We believe the development of these characteristics will prepare our elementary students for success in their future academic and career endeavors. We are privileged to begin the foundation of “Building Lenoir City’s Future, One Student at a Time.” 

We value the important partnership between our school and the families that we serve. We want to work together to ensure that our school is a safe and positive environment in which each student is supported to achieve their personal best. We encourage you to seek opportunities to become an active and engaged member of our school community. Together we can ensure that Lenoir City Elementary School is a great place to learn!


Dr. Amanda Tinker, Principal


Assistant Principal Ashley Graves

Dear School Family, 

Welcome Panthers! It is an honor to introduce myself to you as the Assistant Principal of Lenoir City Elementary. I am very excited to be in this position, and am looking forward to working with Dr. Tinker in making this a fantastic school year!

In my role as the Assistant Principal, I will hold the education of students in the highest regard. I believe in meeting the needs of all students academically, socially, and emotionally. Fostering a positive learning environment where students thrive is essential. 

LCES is committed to partnering with parents, students and community members to provide a safe, nurturing and child centered learning environment.The collaboration creates a culture that promotes the philosophy of life-long learning. 

As a member of your school community, I am excited to support each family in preparing our students at Lenoir City Elementary for success. My office door is always open. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.


Mrs. Ashlea Graves, Assistant Principal