Jessie Shields Strickland

Dr. Jessie Shields Strickland '69, '73, & '92
1996 Award of Honor

Dr. Jessie Shields Strickland is recognized statewide and nationally for her outstanding achievements as an educator. She has dedicated over 25 years to teaching, administration, and supervision at all levels of education. She currently serves as superintendent for the Elizabethton, Tenn., City Schools and is also an adjunct faculty member of the doctoral division of the Institute of Physical Therapy in St. Augustine, Fla.

Dr. Strickland has also served as Language Arts Statewide Coordinator II of the Upper East Tennessee Educational Cooperative at East Tennessee State University. In addition, she was a Language Arts Statewide Specialist for the Tennessee State Department of Education. She implemented the first Adult Basic Education Program and the first team teaching program in Carter County, Tenn.

At East Tennessee State University, Dr. Strickland has served the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as an adjunct faculty member teaching language arts methods. She also has assisted with the Doctoral Level Mentoring and Supervision Seminar at ETSU.

In 1969, she graduated from ETSU with a bachelor of science degree in English and health. By 1973, she had completed her master of arts in reading; and, in 1992, fulfilled the requirements for her doctor of education degree at ETSU. Dr. Strickland is highly skilled in grant writing and obtained $1 million in project management grants for the Upper East Tennessee Educational Cooperative. She is also the author of numerous national, state, and regional publications including Horizons of Tennessee, Horizons of California, Panorama of Tennessee, and Growing Up Country and Liking It! Dr. Strickland has also presented numerous papers related to language arts, motivational leadership, curriculum development, and strategic planning.

Beyond her many professional accomplishments, she has managed time to be extremely active in her community, volunteering for the March of Dimes, American Red Cross, and the American Cancer Society. She has assisted ETSU's College of Education Dean's Advisory Board, the university's National Council of Accreditation Curriculum Council, and with ETSU's Long-Range Planning Council.

Dr. Strickland has won numerous Teacher of the Year awards and was honored by ETSU's Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis program as a distinguished alumna. For ten years, she has maintained Career Ladder III supervisory status, the highest performance evaluation given by state model/external evaluators.

She is married to Robert A. Strickland, and they have a daughter, Virginia "Jenna" Elizabeth Strickland.