Principal

Mrs. Sandra Austin

Mrs. Sandra Austin

I am married to Brian Austin, a college professor at Carson-Newman University. We have two grown sons – David (wife – Kourtni) and Seth. They both live and work in Knoxville. We also have two cats – Pete and Kate. They love playing chase and naps.

I attended and graduated from Samford University (Bachelor of Science in Education), the University of Louisville (Master of Education) and the University of Tennessee (Specialist in Education).

I began my teaching career in Louisville, Kentucky in 1982. Since that time I have been privileged to teach children in grades PreK-4th grade. I moved to Jefferson County, Tennessee in 1995. I taught at Piedmont Elementary from 1995-2000. In August, 2000 I moved to Dandridge Elementary where I served as assistant principal and principal. Mt. Horeb Elementary opened in August, 2012 and I have served as principal since that time.

In my spare time I love to spend time with my family, read, and work in my yard and garden. I also enjoy watching sports of all kinds!

Assistant Principal

Dr. Sam Hollingshead

Dr. Sam Hollingshead

I am in my 18th year as an educator in Jefferson County Schools. I always knew that I wanted to work in the field of education, but I never dreamed I would have so many awesome experiences. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work in two great schools in Jefferson County—White Pine and Mt. Horeb. While at White Pine School, I taught 6th grade and later served as both assistant principal and interim principal. At Mt. Horeb Elementary, I have had the privilege to work alongside Mrs. Sandra Austin and serve as her assistant principal. In my spare time, I also teach at Carson-Newman University and serve on dissertation committees. In my community in White Pine, Tennessee, I serve as the chairperson for the local Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals and enjoy working with others to help make the town a great place to live. If I can ever help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me