Welcome to the school year! I'm Kristi Waltke, and this is my fourth year as principal of Piedmont Elementary. It is my seventeenth year working as an educator in Jefferson County Schools. Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! I'm Kristi Waltke, and this is my fourth year as principal of Piedmont Elementary. It is my seventeenth year working as an educator in Jefferson County Schools. I am a creative, dedicated individual who loves working with children, teachers, parents, and technology. Piedmont Elementary is an amazing school where we prioritize students and student learning. I am thrilled to be the principal in such a collaborative, student-centered environment. Piedmont has a tradition of academic excellence, and I work hard every day to continue that tradition.
Before coming to Piedmont, I spent five months as assistant principal of Dandridge Elementary. It was an amazing time of growth as I learned how to apply my strengths to administration. Before that time, I spent five and a half years as a literacy coach at New Market Elementary. As a literacy coach, I led professional development for teachers, helped struggling readers, and promoted literacy in Jefferson County Schools. Prior to becoming a literacy coach, I was a teacher at Dandridge Elementary for seven years. I taught first and second grades.
I began teaching after graduating from Carson Newman College, which I attended on academic and basketball scholarships. I went back to Carson Newman to obtain a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I completed my Educational Specialist Degree through Lincoln Memorial University in Administration and Supervision in 2009.
My husband Michael is the Director of Adult Outpatient Mental Health and Recovery Services at Helen Ross McNabb in Knoxville. We have two beautiful daughters who keep us extremely busy and fulfilled. In our spare time, we love to read and watch movies.
The faces of my 420 students are a constant reminder that the hard work it takes to run a school is well worth the effort. Now, you have met the principal of the school "where the best get better."