Times may change, but the blaze doesn’t

Matt Taylor, Reporter

Justin Smith, former instructional coach, is currently serving as an assistant principal at Blackman High in the place of Tim Pedigo and is pursuing an Education Specialist degree in Accountability and Instructional Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Mr. Smith, one of our new assistant principals. (Mckenzie Wade)

Smith, homegrown and raised in the Rutherford County School System, has been in education for 20 years.  

“Mr. Pedigo left big shoes to fill. My daily task will be to live up to that high standard and serve our students and teachers in the best ways that I can, said smith.  

Alexander Trakas, former math teacher, is also currently serving as an assistant principal at Blackman High in the place of Ken Reed, who left to take a position at Page High School in Williamson County.

Mr. Trakas, one of our new assistant principals. (Mckenzie Wade)

Trakas grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and taught math at Blackman High for 4 years along with coaching football his first year. Prior to BHS, he was a special education teacher and football coach at Ravenwood High School in Williamson County 

I believe that all students can learn when they are motivated and pushed with a firm, and caring hand. Blackman is a special place, and I look forward to working with everyone throughout this unique time, Trakas stated.  

Despite these changes and the challenging start to the new school year, students and staff have been working hard to adapt to the new adjustments of the 2020 school year.