Adam Fritts oversees eight of Great Schools Partnership’s 16 Community Schools. These include: Dogwood Elementary, Green Magnet Academy, New Hopewell Elementary, Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy, South Knoxville Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary, Vine Middle Magnet and West View Elementary schools.
As field supervisor, Adam is responsible for providing day-to-day supervision to school-based Community Schools resource coordinators, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with school principals and staff, and partner organizations throughout the community to advance the success of the Community Schools strategy.
He started his work with non-profits in marginalized Knoxville communities in 2000, serving at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, the YMCA of Greater Knoxville, the Helen Ross McNabb Center, and Project GRAD Knoxville. Adam previously served as the site resource coordinator at both Dogwood and Lonsdale elementary schools. In these roles he spearheaded one of Great Schools’ pilots for the community school strategy, helped start Lonsdale’s international food market, and created the Dogwood Outdoor Coalition. That coalition was named one of George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light winners for its work.
Adam currently serves on the boards for The Change Center, Knox County’s Partners in Education and the South Knoxville Business Alliance. He also volunteers with Big Brothers, Big Sisters Mentor 2.0 program and Knoxville SOUP, a microgrant community dinner event.
In 2007, Adam received his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in religious studies from the University of Tennessee. When not working, you can find Adam fly fishing or canoeing in the Little River or lounging and fishing near the Gulf of Mexico. He was born, raised, and currently lives in South Knoxville with his wife, Kristen and dog, Townsend.