Principal's Message

In the spring of 2014, a team of Kingsport City School leaders and administrators met to conceptualize an innovative course of action to meet the needs of the 21st century learner. This team worked to create a vision that embraced the ideas of virtual and blended learning, engaging and relevant digital content, robust instructional technology, powerful data analytics, and the importance of teacher/student relationships that would support a learning environment that emphasized personalized learning.  

This vision was implemented in the fall of 2014 with the opening of DB-EXCEL (Excellence in a Creative Environment for Learning).  From its initial stages, the program included an intentional focus on professional learning and a continuous process of reflective evaluation. These mindsets extend throughout the entire school as a defined focus for both students and staff. The fabric of DB-EXCEL is woven with a thread of personalized education experiences for all that support student success in college and career.   

As of today, our staff consists of:

  • Leah Darnell- English
  • Sam McCord- English
  • Josh Mowell- Math
  • Erica Gardner- Math
  • Antonia Adinolfi- Science
  • Amanda Dunham - Science & Project Lead the Way
  • Jay Conkin- Social Studies
  • Brandon Lewis- Social Studies
  • Vicky Livesay- Part-Time Special Education/Virtual Personal Finance
  • Robin Kerkhoff- College & Career Liaison
  • Sara Shaffer- Digital Arts/Project Based Learning
  • Shanna Hensley- Principal
  • Syble Trent - Instructional Assistant
  • Shannon Wilbanks - Instructional Assistant
  • Amber Hair - Instructional Assistant

As always, I want to encourage you to call D-B EXCEL or email me if you are interested in learning more about our program.


Shanna Hensley
Principal, D-B EXCEL
Kingsport City Schools