Kelly Benton

Staff, Students,and Families, 

Wow! What a joyful season at Tennessee School for the Blind. Many activities surround us during this holiday season.  Our very own TSB chorus, under the direction of Ms. Madeleine May, will perform for the Commissioner’s office in December. Semester test week will be upon us soon! We look forward to a performance from AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), and Lions Day at TSB, where each student received

a $50 gift. We will welcome back our seniors when they return from their annual senior trip to Aspen, Colorado on December 14, 2017.   

Our annual Unity Conference, November 16th and 17th was a huge success. The theme for Unity 2017 was Dazzled, Amazed and Engaged with the Practice of Visual Impairments. Great sessions were presented including Assistive Technology with Students who have Sensory Disabilities with Mr. Danny Housely, UEB refresher course with Ms. JoAnn Weatherall, adapted physical education activities with Ms. Kelsey Linsenbigler and braille music with Mr. Everett James. We received good feedback from teachers of the visually impaired from across the state.

As a reminder, our winter break is December 18, 2017-January 2, 2018.  Charter buses run on January 2, 2018 and classes resume on January 3, 2018.

This will be my last “Principal’s Pen” article as one of the principals at TSB. I will be transitioning to a new position as the Director of Federal Programs. Congratulations to Dr. Tonja Dandy who will fulfill the role of principal as she will do an amazing job! I would also like to extend a huge TSB welcome to Dr. Alan Chase who will be joining TSB as the new assistant principal. He comes to Nashville from Raleigh, NC where he has been an Exceptional Education Program facilitator and Director of the Envisioning Youth Empowerment Retreat. TSB is indeed in good hands! Thank you to TSB staff, students and families who have supported me over the past 18 years. You inspire me in so many ways; you’re forever in my heart!

As Helen Keller reminds us, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” What a joyful heart I have during this holiday season! Happy Holidays to all! Enjoy!


Kelly Benton

Kelly Benton

Principal Life Skills