Nicholas Shaun Darnell

A native of Greeneville, Nick was president of his senior class, graduating as valedictorian from South Greene High School. He is the son of Earlin and Ada Darnell. He attended Tusculum College, graduating with a degree in elementary education. He was inducted into the honor society Alpha Chi and helped found the university’s chapter of College Republicans.

Nick is an educator in Hamblen County. He served many years as an eighth grade American history teacher at East Ridge Middle School and then as assistant principal at West View Middle School. He has accepted the position of principal at East Ridge Middle School.  Nick was selected as the 2015 Hamblen County and Tennessee Region 1 middle school teacher of the year. He is one of 18 teachers named to the Governor of Tennessee’s first Teacher Cabinet. He was appointed by former Governor Bill Haslam to a five year term as a member of The Tennessee Board of Education representing the 1st Congressional District. He plans to pursue a career in school administration, working on the state or national level in education policy. Nick, his wife Emily and daughters Madeline and Charlotte reside in Morristown.

    The Niswonger Foundation was established in 2001 to make a positive and sustainable difference in education in Northeast Tennessee. This dream was envisioned by Scott M. Niswonger, who founded Landair Transport, Inc. and Forward Air Corporation. These companies were the first two Greeneville-based companies to be taken public in the history of Greene County, Tennessee. Jointly, the companies have combined annual revenue of over one-billion-dollars and employ more than 5000 people.


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    P.O. Box 1508
    Greeneville, TN 37744


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