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Meet the School Board

Maryville City Schools Board of Education

Picture of the MCS School Board Members


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Term: 2018-2026

Julie Elder and her husband, John, are both 1996 graduates of Maryville City Schools.  Julie earned her bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech University and her MBA from UT Knoxville.  After having worked in pharmaceutical sales for many years, Julie has spent the last few years raising her family and volunteering in our community.  She has two sons, Ty & Will. Ty is enrolled at ETSU as a Quillen Medical Honors Scholar, and Will is a student at Maryville Junior High School. Within the community, Julie has served as the Leadership Blount Board of Directors Chair, Maryville City Schools Foundation Board Chair, Harmony Family Center Board Chair, and New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center Board Member. She also serves within the schools on the MHS PTO and the Pre-K Community Advisory Panel.  Julie is a long-time Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church.  

Julie enjoys watching her boys play sports and traveling with her family.  Julie recognizes the school system is a cornerstone of our community, and she works with the board to make sure our schools continue to best serve our children & families within Maryville City. 

NICK BLACK - Vice-Chair

Term: 2020-2024

Nick Black is a graduate of Maryville High School, UTK, and Clemson University - currently living and practicing law in his hometown of Maryville.  Black, now in his second term and serving as board chairman, shared his vision for Maryville City Schools in this statement: “My hope is that the schools and the board continue to empower excellent teachers, that we invest strategically to maximize the impact on our students’ education experience, and that we seek out every opportunity to help our students be successful.  The Board, administration, teachers, and staff all recognize the need for constant improvement, and every decision we make must look towards providing for every level, department, organization, and team within the Maryville system.” 


Term: 2012-2024

Candy Morgan has served on the Maryville Board of Education since 2012, but her record of volunteer service in education is extensive.  Morgan served on the Maryville City Schools Foundation board and is past president of three school parent-teacher organizations. In addition to local service, Mrs. Morgan is the first MCS Board member to serve on the Tennessee School Boards Association board of directors – serving first as treasurer in 2020, and vice president this year. Candy’s passion for education clearly extends beyond her own three children, into the local community, and across the state. In a statement, Morgan said, “I want to be a voice for public education and especially for classroom teachers. Teachers impact our future in such a way that people don’t understand the full impact – they deserve our full support at every level.”


Term: 2022-2026

Isaac Simerly, a 1999 Graduate of Maryville High School, left Maryville over 20 years ago to serve our country. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2003 and served as a U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer. Isaac is a United Sates veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2020, Isaac and his wife returned to Maryville, "so my kids could go to the best schools in the nation." 

Isaac serves on the board of the Maryville City Schools Foundation. He has two children in Maryville City Schools, and his wife, Julia, is a teaching assistant at Foothills Elementary.  


Term: 2022-2026

Bart Stinnett is a native of Maryville and attended John Sevier Elementary and Maryville Junior High before graduating from Maryville High School in 1986. He holds an associates degree in Law Enforcement Management and a Bachelors of Science degree with a double major in Criminal Justice and Political Science from East Tennessee State University, along with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. Bart is also certified through the American Society in Industrial Security as a Certified Protection Professional. Throughout his career, Bart has served in many positions within public safety and emergency management including police officer, police detective, and school resource officer. He also served for over six years as Blount County Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. During this time, Bart had the opportunity to work with local schools and systems on their emergency action plans. Currently, he works for ABS Consulting Group as a Security and Emergency Management Senior Consultant. 

Bart's son Nash is in 10th grade at Maryville High School. Bart believes in supporting our school system's teachers, staff, students, and administration. He shares, "I look forward to bringing my own experiences and understanding to the table to keep Maryville City schools on the path to EXCELLENCE."