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Dr. Russell Dyer Named Southeast TN Superintendent of the Year

Cleveland City Schools is proud to announce that Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer has been named the Southeast Tennessee Superintendent of the Year by the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS). He was selected by his peers for this honor based on the criteria of leadership for learning, communication, professionalism, and community involvement. Dr. Dyer has completed his third year as the Director of Cleveland City Schools.


Dr. Dyer has participated the last two years in the AASA National Redefining Ready Initiative. This year-long cohort focuses on college, career, and life readiness for all students. He has served on the TOSS Legislative Committee and recently completed the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Association of Independent and Municipal Schools and the United Way of the Ocoee Region. 


During his three years at Cleveland City Schools, Dr. Dyer has guided the school system through the construction of our new Candy’s Creek Cherokee Elementary School and elementary rezoning across the district. The BLADE (Blended Learning and Digital Enhancement) Project, a one to one laptop initiative, also has launched in grades 6-12 during his tenure. Cleveland City Schools was named a Level V school district last year and the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses has risen over the years as have ACT scores.  

Dr. Dyer stated, "I am thankful for my fellow Southeast Tennessee regional superintendents for this honor. They are a wonderful group and together we are working hard, along with our administrators, teachers, and staff, to help each student grow academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. I am proud to represent our region this year, and I appreciate our Board of Education for trusting me with this job."

Dr. Dyer has served public schools for 23 years in Shelby County, Collierville, and Cleveland as a middle school teacher, Assistant Principal, Middle and High School Principal, Chief of Staff, and now as Director of Schools for Cleveland City Schools.  He will be one of eight candidates for the Tennessee Superintendent of the Year this fall.