Alisha Hinton

Senior Specialist, East Team

Alisha Hinton believes that teachers and school leaders have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of students through effective, reflective, and enthusiastic instruction and leadership. She has spent almost two decades working with students and teachers in both public and private schools in East Tennessee.

Alisa began as a classroom teacher with students in third and fourth grades in Knox County Schools before moving into administration for the last 12 years. She has continued her learning and professional growth with fellow educators and principals across Tennessee through work with TNLead, SCORE, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) Leadership Academy.

Alisha earned both her Bachelor of Science and master's rom the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and educational specialist degree in administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. She is currently working to complete an Ed.D. in leadership studies at the University of the Cumberlands.

 Alisha  Hinton

Who is your favorite teacher?

I’ve been blessed throughout my educational career to have had numerous outstanding teachers.  Of all these teachers, Ms. Debbie Arnold made the greatest impact on my life and journey to adulthood. She was my sixth grade science teacher and later became my high school science teacher. I was fortunate to have her as a teacher during integral phases of my life. She took time to get to know me outside of school, mentored me in both academics and social situations, and continues to be a cheerleader and supporter of mine as an adult. I learned from Ms. Arnold that a teacher's influence and ability to build strong relationships is a crucial foundation for student learning, development, and success. 

What was your favorite subject in school and why?

History and geography were my favorite subjects in school. My teachers in these subject areas were passionate and creative in the way they brought people, places, and history to life. I always enjoyed âˆ’ and still enjoy − learning about how people interacted, cultures changed, and populations adapted. I also believe in the power of history as we continue to learn how to impact and improve our own lives and the communities in which we live.