Bill Phelps is a local boy who grew up in Bristol, Tenn.
During his tenure at John Battle, he has directed play productions, coached the school's Debate Team, and served on the Debate, Drama, and Forensics Advisory Committee for the Virginia High School League. Several of the plays he directed and many of the Debate Teams he coached have won district and regional competitions.
He also taught speech classes at Virginia Intermont College and East Tennessee State University. He has served as John Battle's curriculum and instructional coordinator and as a member of numerous school and school system committees. Phelps was named as John Battle's Teacher-of-the-Year (twice), the Washington County Secondary Teacher-of-the-Year, and the John Battle yearbook was once dedicated to him.
He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in English, a Master of Arts Degree in educational administration, and a Doctor of Education Degree in educational leadership from East Tennessee State University.
Phelps: The lives of many students have been changed because of their participation in the arts. I often tell students that they may not remember some things that they have learned in class, but they will always remember being in a play or participating in debate. I frequently see former students who tell me how much they enjoyed being in a play or debating. These students have become more confident, gained speaking and writing skills, become more organized, and learned to work with others. Some of these students have even chosen a career that is related to their involvement in theatre or debate in high school.
Several John Battle graduates have theatre-related careers:
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