Joan Turbyville Named Interim Principal

May 6, 2021

Dear Sacred Heart Cathedral School Community,

It is with joy and gratitude that we announce that Mrs. Joan Turbyville has accepted the offer to serve Sacred Heart Cathedral School in the position of Principal for the 2021-2022 school year.

Mrs. Turbyville is an accomplished Catholic school administrator with professional experience in both Catholic and public schools. She began her educational career as a middle school English, social studies, and religion teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. During the ten years of service, she became the lead middle school teacher as the academic dean. Following her tenure at Sacred Heart, she devoted herself to serve children and families by working with non-profit agencies to assist at-risk students and build support groups for families.

As a strong Catholic educator and leader, the diocese sought out Mrs. Turbyville to assume the position of Principal for St. Joseph Catholic School, where she served for ten years. During her administration of St. Joseph Catholic School, she prioritized improvement efforts on achieving academic success for every student by focusing on standards of instructional quality, mentoring teachers in effective practice, and ensuring the individual needs of each student were addressed.
When she and her husband moved to Roane County, she became a Principal with the Roane County School system and served in two different schools, one in a middle school and the other in an elementary. Her faith and dedication to the ministry of Catholic school education and her abilities and professional talents make her ideal to serve in the role of Principal.

Mrs. Turbyville holds a Master of Science in school administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University. She is a parishioner of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a parent and grandparent of Sacred Heart Cathedral School and Knoxville Catholic High School alumni. 

As a professional educator with twenty-nine years of experience, she has served schools in various teaching and administrative roles. While she serves our school this year, the Principal Search Team will continue to seek the candidate for Principal for a long-term commitment to the school. 

I know that you will join us in welcoming Mrs. Turbyville to the position of Principal.  

In Christ,

Very Reverend David Boettner,                                   V.G. Sedonna J. Prater, Ed.D.

Pastor                                                                          Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus                     Diocese of Knoxville