Mark A. McClain began as assistant principal at Covington High School in 2007.  He received a Bachelors degree from the University of Tennessee in 1989.  He received his masters in curriculum and instruction from University of Tennessee at Martin and his Masters of Education in School Administration and Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. 

Mr. McClain previously served as a teacher at Covington High and Munford Middle.  He has also served as an assistant principal and athletic director for Covington High School.   Mr. McClain is married and a proud parent of two sons.

Mr. McClain enjoys hunting, fishing, youth baseball, high school sports, and spending time at the lake with family and friends.

Assistant Principals

Ellen S Clark began as assistant principal at Covington High School in 1999. She completed her Licensure in Leadership from The University of Memphis in 2001. She received her Masters of Arts in Education in 1992 from Bethel College. Mrs. Clark studied voice performance from Philadelphia Musical Academy, Indiana University-Bloomington Campus, and Lambuth College. Before becoming an administrator Ms. Clark taught chorus and drama along with private voice and piano lessons.

Ms. Clark enjoys gardening, fishing, bicycling and GRANDCHILDREN.


Brandi Blackley rejoined the staff of Covington High School in 2015-2016 after a one-year absence in which she served as assistant principal at Brighton Middle School. She spent five years at CHS, three as an English teacher and two as instructional coach, working with teachers to focus on student achievement. She also served as Peer Tutoring Coordinator and ACT tutor.

Mrs. Blackley has led numerous sessions for administrators and teachers on behalf of the Tennessee Department of Education. She now serves as a facilitator for the TDOE item review committee in preparation for state testing. She has taught English and history in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. She obtained her bachelor of arts degree in English from Delta State University and her masters of educational leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.

She and her husband live in Covington with their two daughters, one a graduate of CHS, the other a student in Tipton County Schools. Mrs. Blackley enjoys sports, music, traveling and reading.


Cetrice Bounds began as an assistant principal and athelitic director at Covington High School at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.  After earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Tennessee at Martin, Mr. Bounds attended the University of Memphis where he received his certification in special education. Mr. Bounds obtained his Masters in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.  Mr. Bounds’ current educational level is Masters +45.

Before becoming an assistant principal, he taught special education life skills classes at BHS and coached both basketball and football. Coach Bounds was the head coach for freshman basketball from 2001-2004, and during that time BHS won the district championship in 2002-2003. After he was named the head varsity basketball coach in 2005, BHS won the district championship and Mr. Bounds was named Coach of the Year.

The son of Rodney and Sandra Bounds, Mr. Bounds has five siblings and currently lives in Drummonds with his wife, Linde, and daughter, Ariana.