Jerry D. McNabb

Jerry D. McNabb
2000 Distinguished in Education

Jerry McNabb likes to build things . . . not only with his hands but build strong minds and bodies. After he graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and health, McNabb began teaching 7th grade science at Cleveland Junior High School. A year later, he moved up to Cleveland High School to teach 9th grade math and general business. He was also the coach of the junior varsity boys basketball and track teams.In 1974, McNabb moved to Melbourne, Fla., where he taught physical education and coached the varsity boys basketball team at Melbourne High School. Three years later, McNabb once again moved -- his time back to Jasper, Tenn. He began as a teacher at Marion County High School teaching science, general business and physical education. He coached the boys basketball team for eight years and the junior high football team for one year.

While teaching in Marion County, he founded and directed the Marion County Alternative School for five years. He received a master's degree in education from Middle Tennessee State University in 1987. Currently, he is the principal of Jasper Middle School, a position he took in 1990. He then received his Ed.S. degree also in education from Tennessee Technological University in 1995.

McNabb has been active in the community and received several honors and awards. He was former chairperson of the Marion County Principal's Group, former coach of the year for the Sequatchie Valley Conference, and started the Marion County Basketball Summer Camp and the Marion County Pee-Wee Basketball League. Currently, he is the vice chairperson of Area Six and Seven Principal's Study Council, member of the Negotiating Team for Marion County's Teacher Association, member of the Disciplinary Hearing Authority, member of the Alternative School Placement Committee, and the Tennessee Middle School Principal of Year 2000.

From 1977 to 1997, McNabb was co-founder, co-owner, and travel agent of All Ways Travel Agency in South Pittsburgh, Tenn. During this time, he was able to travel extensively. Additionally, he owns and manages rental properties. After quitting coaching in 1984, McNabb built the house where he and his wife, Linda, presently reside. He also helped his older son remodel a small barn to make the house he lives in now, as well as helped build a small, totally self-sufficient cabin in his woods. The couple has two adult sons, Tab and Madison (who was named after Coach Madison Brooks).