Board Members Bios

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Kay Williams

Kay Morgan Williams is a native of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Her family relocated to Bartlett Tennessee and Kay graduated from Bartlett High School.

Kay attended The University of Memphis, where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education, subsequently earning a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling. Kay also holds a Post-Masters in Education Administration.

Starting her education career in the Parochial System in Memphis, she later transferred to the Shelby County School System, where she remained for 31 years. Her first teaching assignment with Shelby County was at Arlington Elementary School, where she developed a lifelong love for this community.

After spending seven years in Arlington, Kay was hired as a Guidance Counselor and was subsequently promoted by Shelby County Schools to Assistant Principal and Principal positions.

She served SCS as a Principal for 24 years. Her last assignment was at Bon Lin Elementary in Bartlett and she retired after the 2010 school year.

Along the way, Kay was voted Shelby County Schools Administrator of the Year in 1996, won the James Anderson Award for Distinguished Administration in 2006, and was twice elected by her colleagues as President of the Shelby County Educational Association, which represents the interests of classroom teachers to the system Superintendent.

Kay served for five years as Chairman of the Elementary and Middle School Principal’s Association. She was also selected by the University of Memphis as a site mentor for the Leadership Fellows Program. In this capacity, Kay served as a mentor for aspiring principals in Shelby County Schools.

She was given a National PTA Life Membership in 2001.

Kay’s wish to be part of the Arlington community never wavered. In preparation for her retirement, Kay and her husband moved to Arlington in 2006.

She was elected to the Arlington Community School Board in 2012 and again in 2013. Prior to her election, she served on the Arlington Municipal Schools Planning Committee.

Besides her work as a school board member, Kay also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Education Department at Christian Brothers University.

Kay is married and has one son.

Barbara Fletcher

My family moved from Memphis to Arlington, Tennessee when I was in the seventh grade. I attended Arlington Elementary and graduated from Bolton High School. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Memphis.

I served the Shelby County School System for 36 years as an educator and administrator. I taught at both Arlington Elementary and Ellendale Elementary. I was curriculum coordinator at Ellendale Elementary. I served as principal at Barret’s Chapel Elementary until retirement.

I joined Crye-Leike Realtors in 2005 and achieved the Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club my first year. I am presently serving on the Board of Directors for the Lakeland Lions Club. This year, I will serve as President of the Lakeland Lions Club. I, also, serve as co-chairman of “Helping Hands” providing for needy children in Lakeland and Arlington schools. I assist The Arlington Masonic Lodge throughout the year. I served on Mayor Wissman’s Municipal School Planning Commission and was recently elected to the Arlington Community School Board.

I am married to Gene Fletcher for 47 years. We have two children – Jay Fletcher of Arlington and Jeanie Fletcher Rittenberry of Nashville and two grandchildren. Gene and I, along with our two children, are graduates of Bolton High School. We are members of the Clopton United Methodist Church where I serve as Chairman of the Staff Parish Relations Committee.

Dale Viox

I am a pediatric anesthetist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I am married to Dana Viox and have two amazing stepchildren Zac and Taylor, who attend AHS. My son Jackson attends AES and is in kindergarten. I am a devoted family man and cherish the time I spend with my family. I believe in civic pride, volunteering, and charity. I love my family, I love my community, and I love our schools.

I grew up in a small Missouri town of about 25,000 people that was identical to Arlington. I am honored to say that I attended public school. I mention this because I believe it is important to have an understanding of issues that public schools face and at the same time believe that the public school system can be all that students need to succeed. I am proud of my public school heritage and value the opportunities provided to me within the public school system. I believe that our wonderful community is infinitely more capable of understanding the needs of our children. Our community is the only entity that has a vested interest in our children and the promotion of our values. This all begins at home and is manifested within the school system. It is our duty to provide this legacy for our children. This will not work without the parents, the PTA and most importantly without our teachers. The teachers will make or break our system, which will not happen without the special principals, who all depend on having a supportive and effective superintendent. The amazing thing is that in Arlington we have all of the components to build a world-class school district.

Kevin Yates

Kevin Yates is originally from Parsons, TN where much of his family still resides. There he attended public school and graduated from Riverside High School. He went on to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin and graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing.

Upon graduation from UTM, Kevin moved to the Memphis area in 2000. Shortly after, he enrolled at the University of Memphis to obtain his Teacher Certification through their graduate program.

Kevin served as an educator at Bolton High School for 3 years in the subject areas of Economics, US History and English. This provided him with the classroom perspective within education that only comes with being a teacher.

After his time as an educator, Kevin went on to a career in business and project management. He accumulated his business acumen as a Sales Representative for Ryerson, Inc. and FedEx. FedEx also allowed Kevin to work as a project manager in IT where he led several corporate initiatives that were influential to the enterprise. Currently, Kevin is a Manager in Sales Operations for Wright Medical Technology in Memphis, TN.

Kevin is an active member of Kirby Woods Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher for high school boys and a member of several committees.

Kevin is married and has three young children who all attend local public schools. He and his family have been residents of Arlington since 2008.

Well before Kevin was elected to the Arlington Community School Board he has been a very active participant in working towards the creation of our local school system. He was a volunteer in the “Vote Yes” campaign for the referendum for the creation of the local district, he was appointed by the Mayor to the Arlington School Planning Commission and was a part of an envoy to the state capitol to encourage lawmakers to vote for amendments to allow for local control.

Kevin is very passionate in providing the best school system for students to learn, educators to work and a community to be proud.

Scott Benjamin holds a B.S. degree in Marketing from Mississippi State University. After 20 years of working in the public sector, he now serves as Teaching Pastor at the Refuge Church. He feels that a school board should have diverse group of people serving the needs and planning the direction of our schools and district. Scott believes that his family’s 12 years of having four children in the public school system (with approximately 6 more years to go) has given him a unique and comprehensive view into a wide range of school curriculum, activities, and teaching styles. As a pastor in a local church and an active volunteer in the community, Scott intentionally interacts with Arlington residents on a regular basis. He feels that these experiences give him numerous opportunities to hear from and listen to people about the things they like, dislike, and celebrate as well as the concerns they have in our town as it relates to our schools.