Stone will continue to work with the school system on a consultant basis.
Stepping down from the full-time position will allow Stone to work from home for the OneHope missions organization.
“The opportunity to be involved in international missions from my home is an unbelievable gift,” Stone said. “It is also timely with the birth of my first grandchild. I will have the chance to spend more quality time with him, another thing very close to my heart.”
Stone said the organization initially contacted her several months ago.
“OneHope is focused on ministering primarily to children ages 5-14. They had a need for someone with an educational background and an understanding of research in education. I have been very familiar with the work they do because my brother is over their global missions division. The decision to leave my current role centers around faith, family and seeing the needs of children,” Stone said.
“In the past few years I have become increasingly aware that children may come to school with needs beyond what education can meet. They have physical, emotional and spiritual needs that are very real in their lives. An organization like OneHope seeks to help meet those needs.”
Stone has worked in the education field for the last 25 years.
“I have served as a teacher, as special education coordinator and most recently as the supervisor of special education. Just prior to becoming the supervisor of special education I spent four years at Lee University as an assistant professor in the field of education,” Stone said.
Stone’s last day as supervisor of special services was in January. Stone said she was thankful for the principals, director of schools and others she had worked with during her time with the Bradley County Schools system.
“I leave my current position understanding more fully the sacrifice and hard work that are so present across our system. We have so many gifted teachers,” Stone said. “We are also blessed with strong educational leadership. The principals and the administrative staff at central office go above and beyond what most people in our community will ever be aware of.”
She said many times working at an administrative level, those in education only hear concerns. They rarely hear the appreciation of parents, the way teachers do.