John Fanning, supervisor of 9-12 instruction and assistant to the director of schools with the Lincoln County Department of Education, has been awarded the Tennessee Principals Association’s (TPA) Supervisor of the Year award.
The award, presented for Fanning’s strong support of principals in the Lincoln County School System, at the TPA Conference in Gatlinburg on Dec. 3-5.
Founded in 1939, TPA has a mission of providing support, empowering and connecting Tennessee principals. A principal-led and principal-driven organization, its board of directors is led by 17 school leaders from across the state.
Fanning is in his 21st year in education and his 16th in administration. Prior to becoming a supervisor in the central office in July 2016, he served as principal of South Lincoln School. He began his teaching career at Lincoln County High School where he taught five years before accepting an administrative position in Madison County, Ala. While in Madison County, he was assistant principal of Meridianville Middle School before being named principal of Hazel Green High School. He returned home to Lincoln County in the July 2009 to assume a supervisory position with the Lincoln County Department of Education.
A native of Lincoln County, he is a 1990 graduate of Lincoln County High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Cumberland University in Lebanon and two graduate degrees in administration from Tennessee State University.
Fanning is married to Brooke Gallant who operates the Gallant Riverview Funeral Home with her father. They reside in the Elora community.
In addition to serving as a member of TPA, he is also a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Kappa Delta Pi, Christian Educators of Tennessee and Professional Educators of Tennessee. He is also a member of the Fayetteville Kiwanis Club.