The board, under the leadership of Chairman Steve Ratterman, began the search for a headmaster immediately following the resignation of the former headmaster, Paul Jette, in December 2008.
Throughout the search process, Mark Frizzell, then assistant headmaster, “continually impressed us,” said Ratterman, “with his demonstrated ability to lead the school and his dedication to the academy and the students we serve.”
In July 2010, the board decided to end their national search for the school’s next headmaster in favor of appointing from within. On Sept. 17, the board voted unanimously to promote Frizzell to headmaster of Bachman Academy.
Frizzell was hired in 2006 to serve in the role of Bachman’s dean of students. In 2008, he became Bachman’s first assistant headmaster.
Frizzell holds a bachelor of science degree in health education (1990) from Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, and a master’s degree in educational leadership (2006) from Trevecca University in Nashville.
His professional career began in 1991 as a physical education teacher at the Orange Grove Center in Chattanooga.
“The board of trustees is confident that our decision to place Mark Frizzell in the lead position will ensure the ongoing momentum of the academy, enabling the community to celebrate another 100 years of service to children in the Tennessee Valley and beyond,” stated Ratterman.
Bachman Academy is a day and boarding school for students with learning differences such as dyslexia and ADHD.
Bachman Academy is located on 210 acres of farmland on Brymer Creek Road in McDonald.