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Betz climbs from FMS teacher/coach to Primary School assistant principal

Farragut Primary School welcomes a new assistant principal to its faculty this school year.

Ches Betz, who has served in Farragut Middle School as an English teacher, coach and administrative assistant for six years, was hired as FPS’ assistant principal in July.

“He’s doing a fantastic job,” FPS principal Gina Byrd said about Betz. “He has a great reputation with the Farragut community.

“What I like most about him is he has gotten to know the teachers and the students, which is super important in a primary school.”

Betz taught eighth-grade English and coached track and field at FMS for a few years before taking on the role of instructional coach and administrative assistant for the last two years.

In administration, he had worked with teachers on curriculum, Professional Learning Communities and other duties. Mostly, however, Betz said he worked with students who needed extra academic or behavioral help.

“So, it’s been a big change going from middle schoolers to 5-, 6- and 7-year-olds,” Betz said.

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Farragut High School College Fair

From left, FHS junior Katie Lin, 16, with sister, Abby Lin, 15, an FHS sophomore, and FHS student volunteer Alyssa Cuevas, an FHS junior
Farragut High School hosted a College Fair Tuesday, Sept. 26, that attracted about 1,500 students and parents from FHS, Hardin Valley Academy, Bearden High School and various local private schools.

The annual event, a collaboration between the three schools, welcomed representatives from 126 colleges and universities, from as near as the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to as far as the University of California.

For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.