Indya Kincannon has broken our run of Commissioner hopefuls with her candidacy for Knox County School Board. Mrs. Kincannon is seeking the 2nd District seat.
1. Introduce yourself to Knoxville, who are you, and why are you running?
My name is Indya Kincannon and I’m running for re-election to the Knox County Board of Education, representing the 2nd District, which includes North Knoxville and Fountain City.
I’m 36 years old, have been married 12 years and have two daughters, one dog and a hamster. We moved here almost 7 years ago when my husband accepted a job as a UT professor. We’ve been really happy here in Knoxville.
I was born and raised in Virginia and attended public schools there. I earned a B.A. in History from Haverford College, worked for several years, and then was fortunate to earn a full scholarship to attend graduate school at Princeton, where I earned a Masters Degree in Public Affairs.
I’ve worked as a teacher, High School Spanish, and a budget analyst (for the Arizona legislature). I have been involved in various volunteer activities, including leading Habitat for Humanity groups to Guatemala and Bolivia and coaching basketball and soccer.
You can read more about my service on the school board at www.indyakincannon.com. Unfortunately the site has not been updated
recently due to technical difficulties that the webmaster (me) has not had time to overcome.
Four years ago I ran for School Board because I was very concerned about the quality, perceived and real, of our local public schools. I firmly believe that every child should have access to a high-quality public education, no matter the circumstances of their birth or neighborhood. I have made some progress on this front, but would like the opportunity to continue working on these issues, including reforms in our magnet programs, Project GRAD schools, and embracing effective innovations. I also want to hire a Superintendent to lead our school system to the next level.
2. We think it’s better knowing what not to do rather than having an extensive plan. What areas or interests would benefit Knox County not to venture into?
We shouldn’t embrace every new educational fad that comes through the door, but we should not be afraid of innovation. We shouldn’t allow unbridled development without regard to the impact on schools (not to mention the environment, roads, etc.)
3. What 5 things could you not live without?
1. My husband and best friend, Ben
3. Books – all kinds
4. Being outside