Dr. Sean Corcoran, Head of School


B.S. – Tennessee Temple University
M.A. – Nova Southeast University
2006 Summer Fellow of the Peabody College of Education – Vanderbilt University
Ed.S. – Lincoln Memorial University
Ed.D.  Liberty University 

Dr. Corcoran is beginning his fourteenth year in administration at Brainerd Baptist School, but actually began working at BBS back in 1996 while still in college. Born and raised in Manchester, TN, Sean graduated from Coffee County Central High. He worked for a large manufacturing company in Nashville for 2 years before moving to Chattanooga to pursue his degree in elementary education.

Sean began teaching 6th grade at Brainerd Baptist in 1999. In 2001, the BBS middle school moved off the campus and David Brainerd Christian School was born. During his time at DBCS, he taught several different subjects including Math, Science, Bible and Technology. He also coached various sports including boys basketball, golf, soccer and football. After earning his Masters degree, Sean moved into administration working in many different areas including admissions, overseeing the business office, and facilities. His duties included the oversight of campus expansion that included the construction of a gymnasium, football field and two classroom expansions.

In the Spring of 2005, Sean returned to Brainerd Baptist School as Assistant Head of School and was appointed as Headmaster in May of 2006. Sean earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and is passionate about independent education, especially in a Christian environment. He has presented at numerous educational conferences and also regularly chairs accreditation visits for independent schools in our region through SAIS. He also serves (or has served) on various committees for the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools (TAIS) and currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He is also active in the Elementary School Heads Association (ESHA). He has also worked as a consultant helping Christian schools develop strategic plans. Additionally, Sean serves as an adjunct professor for a local university.

Under Dr. Corcoran's leadership, Brainerd Baptist School has thrived, becoming a model for best practices in education. He has been passionate about creating a learning environment for students that is both engaging, and student-centered. The school obtained membership in TAIS, SAIS, and NAIS with teachers presenting a conferences at the state and national level. The school has experienced significant growth not only in enrollment, but also in annual giving, endowment, programing, faculty, campus improvements and professional development. 

Sean married his high school sweetheart, Katrina and they have three children who all graduated from Brainerd Baptist School; Andrew and Aaron both graduated from McCallie School. Andrew is studying to be an electrician in the electrical apprenticeship and Aaron is currently pursing a degree in education.  Abigail is a junior at Grace Academy. In his free time, Sean enjoys spending time with his family, listening to books, yard work, playing basketball, skiing anywhere out west, and biking. He also enjoys going to Knoxville with his sons to watch his beloved Tennessee Volunteers football and basketball teams.

Dr. Corcoran is an active blogger and enjoys writing about what is going on in education as well as just life in general. To read one of his latest post, click here!