Michael Swafford has been on staff at Rhea County High School for five years. He worked at the Alternative School before moving into the Wellness Department. He graduated from Rhea County High School in 2010 and attended Tennessee Wesleyan College on a baseball scholarship where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 2014. He received his Master of Education in Educational Leadership in 2020. Coach Swafford is currently in his sixth year as an assistant coach with the baseball team and third year as an assistant coach for the basketball team.
Rhea County High School Administration
Dr. Scotty Herrell is in his first year as p of Rhea County High School. Dr. Herrell’s entire teaching and administrative career has been in high school, and he has 11 years of experience as an assistant at Clinton High School and Oak Ridge High School. He has been the special education department leader, RTI2 Math Coordinator, PLC administrator for science and wellness, as well as many other responsibilities, and last year, he went back to the classroom to develop the STEM certification program at Oak Ridge. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Maryville College in 2001, his Education Specialist Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in 2008, and graduated in Spring 2020 with his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from East Tennessee State University.
Micah Ruehling has been on staff at Rhea County High School for over twenty years. He first served as a physical education teacher, and later added coaching golf and men's tennis to his duties. He graduated from Rhea County in 1989 and attended Carson-Newman College (now Carson-Newman University) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1993. Mr. Ruehling received his Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University in 2000 and was added to the administrative staff in 2010.
Heather Jewell has been at Rhea County High School for 20 years where she has been Assistant Principal, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Testing Coordinator for the past nine years. After graduating from Rhea County High School, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She went on to receive her Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University. Prior to becoming an administrator, Mrs. Jewell was a Senior English teacher, Yearbook Advisor, and adjunct faculty member at Chattanooga State where she taught Developmental Writing and Comp I.
Sheila Massengill is a graduate of William Jennings Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Special Education. She received her Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, Tennessee. She went on to receive her Education Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee and has completed doctorate hours from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to coming to work at Rhea County High School she taught all grades from 1st through 12th, Special Education, ELA, Earth Science, Reading and Life Science. Mrs. Massengill has been at Rhea County High School since 1999 serving as a teacher and graduation coach. She has been in administration as Assistant Principal and Director of Career and Technical Education since 2012.