Whit Helton & Stephanie Bean

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Whit Helton, Ed.D., Sevier County School System

Whit Helton works for the Sevier County School System as an instructional supervisor for grades 7-12.  He is married to Sally Helton and they have two children, John and Erin Tate.  He honed his dance skills in the late 1990s while a student at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, a time when UT was designated as the number 1 party school in the nation.  Unfortunately, Whit graduated in 2001 with a degree in Business Administration and the school fell out of the rankings.  Whit chose to pursue a career in education and holds a master’s degree from UT-Martin and educational specialist and doctorate degrees from Lincoln Memorial University.  He rekindled his love of dancing in 2016 during a dance-off battle in the kitchen waiting for pasta to boil before dinner.  He was inspired to dance to honor the memory of his late father, Mike Helton, who always had the best dance moves at weddings and to cement his status as being the most embarrassing dancer his family knows.

Stephanie Bean

With twenty-two years of experience in the banking industry, Stephanie Bean is

the Senior Branch Sales Manager at SmartBank’s Pigeon Forge branch. She currently serves on the boards of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic and Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theatre. She is an active member of Pigeon Forge Rotary and First Baptist Church Sevierville. Stephanie is also a 2013 graduate of Leadership Tomorrow.

Originally from Bastian, Virginia, Stephanie moved to Sevierville in 1994. She enjoys hiking, travel, and spending time with her daughter, Caroline, and their dogs, Bear and Bayla. Caroline is a sophomore at SCHS and has twelve years of dance experience with Elizabeth Williams School of Dance. Stephanie is hopeful that Caroline’s dancing talent runs in the family!

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