2020-2021 School Administration

Head Principal: Mr. David Kenner

David Kenner
David Kenner

20 years at Cherokee High School; 7 years in Cherokee High School Administration

Educational Background

  • Ed.S. in Administration & Supervision, Lincoln Memorial University
  • Masters of Science in Administration & Supervision, Union College
  • Bachelor's of Science in Health Care Administration, East TN State University
  • Cherokee High School, Class of 1990

Fun Facts

  • Favorite school subjects? - Science & Math
  • Hobbies? - Hunting & Fishing
  • Favorite movie(s)? - Coming to America & Green Mile
  • What would your Superhero power be? - To make all children healthy & happy
  • Advice for CHS students? - Participate in as many activities as possible, because it will be over before you know it!

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Vakisha Henard

25 years at Cherokee High School; 13 years in Cherokee High School Administration

Educational Background

  • Ed.S. in Administration & Supervision, Lincoln Memorial University
  • Masters of Science in School Counseling, East TN State University
  • Bachelor's of Science in Physics, Carson Newman College
  • Cherokee High School, Class of 1988

Fun Facts

  • If you weren't a school principal, what would you be? - Baseball Statistician
  • Hobbies? - Disney, reading, my dog
  • Favorite  quote? - "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" (Thumper, Bambi)
  • What would your Superhero power be? - Teleportation
  • Advice for CHS students? - Follow your dreams and DREAM BIG!
Vakisha Henard
Vakisha Henard

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Amber Sands

Amber Sands

6 years at Cherokee High School; 4 years in Cherokee High School Administration

Educational Background

  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Carson Newman College
    (currently pursuing) 
  • Masters of Science in Educational Leadership, Carson Newman College
  • Bachelor of Science in Special Education, East TN State University

Fun Facts

  • Favorite school subjects? - Math & Marching Band
  • When you were a child, what did you want to be? - Special Education teacher
  • Favorite movie(s)? - Star Wars & Harry Potter
  • Favorite quote? - "Everybody is a genius.  But, if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will live it's life believing that it is stupid." (Albert Einstein)
  • Advice for CHS students? - Strive to be YOUR very best!

Assistant Principal: Dr. Byron Booker

4 years at Cherokee High School; 4 years in Cherokee High School Administration

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education Administration, University of Tennessee
  • Master of Science in Education, Carson Newman College
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Japanese Language, University of Tennessee

Fun Facts

  • Favorite school subjects? - English & Government
  • If you weren't a school principal, what would you be? - Waffle House food truck owner/operator
  • Hobbies? - Saltwater fishing, charcoal drawing, swimming, travel, culinary
  • Favorite movie(s)? - Gladiator, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Blazing Saddles
  • What would your superhero power be? - Healing or invisibility
Byron Booker
Byron Booker