Elaine Townsend, Director of Data Quality, is responsible for the collection, compilation, and reporting of reliable educational data that is needed to guide our school improvement efforts and serves as the system testing coordinator. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee at Martin receiving a Bachelors of Science in Home Economics Business. From the University of Memphis, she received a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and completed 30 hours above masters in Administration and Supervision from Freed-Hardeman University.
Elaine has 45 years in education as a classroom teacher and administrator. Her career began at Bells High School teaching home economics, science, and economics. She taught fifth grade in Decatur County and fourth through eighth in Henderson County. In 1990 Elaine joined the Lexington City School System as an eighth grade classroom teacher of math, science, and social studies. She earned Career Level III and Highly Qualified status and served as a lead teacher. Through the years Elaine has supervised student teachers, coordinated kindergarten screening, 8 th grade awards nights, and parental involvement programs, served on school improvement committees, was a member of the LCSS Curriculum Mapping Steering Committee, and taught in a 21st Century Classroom. She was an Apple II Lab Coordinator and helped set up the first Teacher Resource Center in Henderson County. In 1996, Elaine was selected as one of twenty teachers across the state to attend the Williamsburg Summer Institute in Virginia. In Henderson County and Lexington City, she coached knowledge bowl teams that won championships in county-wide, district-wide, and Mayfield, KY competitions. Elaine also served as the sponsor of Bells High School Future Homemakers of America and LCSS Junior Beta Club.
As an administrator, Elaine has served as the supervisor of School Nutrition, Career Technical Education, and Coordinated School Health. She has been coordinator of the district calendar and textbook committees. Elaine has presented on various topics during inservice, state conferences, and TN School Board Regional meetings. Elaine has served on the TN State Board of Education’s Middle Grades Policy Advisory Council and on several bias reviews for state testing.
Elaine believes that we should all be lifelong learners. To stay current with the best practices, she attends and participates in national and state trainings and conferences and is a member of many professional organizations.
Elaine and her late husband, Lynn, have three sons. Lynn was retired from a family owned plumbing and electrical business. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lexington where Elaine has served as a Sunday school teacher, Pastor Parish chair, and Leadership Council member. She loves to travel and is an avid University of Tennessee fan. Elaine is a member of the UT Alumni Association, has served as the president of the Henderson County UT Alumni Association and on the UT Board of Governors.