Dr. Krista Mann is a middle school principal and an adjunct professor at the University of the Cumberlands, where she graduated with her Ph.D. in Leadership in 2021.  She began her career as a high school English teacher after graduating with her Master's in Teaching from East Tennessee State University in 2012. She transitioned to an assistant principal position in 2016.  During her tenure as an assistant principal, Dr. Mann earned distinction participating in the prestigious Governor's Academy of School Leaders fellowship at Vanderbilt University in 2017.  She also co-authored a chapter titled “Bridging the Gap with Genetics: A Literary and Biological Connection” in the Handbook of Research on Science Literacy Integration in Classroom Environments (2019).  Post-completion of her doctoral studies, Dr. Mann disseminated her research findings at various conferences, with a notable presentation at the National Rural Education Association Conference in Indianapolis, IN, in 2021. Her research is deeply rooted in a fervent commitment to advancing rural student learning and leadership, specifically emphasizing turnaround schools.  Dr. Mann is passionate about helping students at the graduate and secondary levels develop strong critical thinking while encouraging creative, independent thinkers who demonstrate care and concern for others, our community, and our world. 

PhD Leadership, University of the Cumberlands, 2021
EdS Educational Leadership, Lincoln Memorial University, 2017
MAT, East Tennessee State University, 2012
BA in English Literature, East Tennessee State University, 2010

Educational Leadership, Qualitative Research Methodology, Professional Writing, K-12 Education