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Shaun Caven, Principal


Mr. Caven graduated from Cumberland University with a degree in Education. Later he received a Master's Degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Tech University.

Mr. Caven worked as a Special Education Teacher in Smith County and Wilson County. He became the principal at Barry Tatum Academy in 2017.  He is married to Susan, and they have two children.  Mr. Caven enjoys watching sports, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Mr. Caven loves serving the students of Wilson County Schools and seeing students succeed in the community after finishing high school.

Kristie Buhler, Assistant Principal


Mrs. Buhler earned a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Cumberland University before graduating from Western Governors University with a Masters in Instructional Leadership.

Mrs. Buhler has been an administrator at Barry Tatum Academy since 2020. She is passionate about providing a variety of non-traditional programs (Alternative, Virtual, Adult High School, and Adult Learning Center) to help serve and meet students where they currently are, in order to provide them with opportunities they may not otherwise have.

Mrs. Buhler is married and has two children. She enjoys sports, spending time with her family, as well as traveling.