NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Friday, June 30, 2017 ) – Today, Metro Nashville Public Schools announced organizational structure changes that will support the district’s new community-based leadership model and the four goal areas outlined in the Strategic Framework. These announcements represent organizational capacity improvements at the district-level, leadership at the school-level with the selection of new principals at nine school locations and new Executive Directors of School Support and Improvement (EDSSI).Together these changes are designed to forward student improvement and achievement.

CENTRAL OFFICE CAPACITY AND SCHOOL SUPPORT & IMPROVEMENT ENHANCEMENTS  

In support of the district’s ability to support implementation of its April 2017 Strategic Framework -- which focuses on creating organizational excellence across the entire school system -- Metro Schools is announcing the following organizational capacity, leadership, and School Support & Improvement enhancements:

  • As previously shared, there is a new community superintendent structure, which is designed to allow for better planning and coordination across all grade levels in support of the district’s Strategic Framework.
  • Also previously shared are 10 new Executive Directors of School Support & Improvement who will work to support the new community-based organizational structure and establish quick, effective responses to local school needs related to instructional leadership, effective teaching and learning, and student performance (two additional individuals are being announced below).
  • Executive Officer Dr. Tony Majors will continue to lead the Department of Student Support Services which will now report to the Chief of Schools, Dr. Sito Narcisse. This shift will support the new community superintendent/quadrant structure and align all direct services to students within the Division of Schools.
  • Dr. Aimee Wyatt will lead the district’s new Office of School Choice. Reporting to Chief of Schools, Dr. Sito Narcisse, this department is dedicated to improving the structure and function of choice programs in the district—including enhancing program features, curriculum and administration, and marketing, outreach and recruitment efforts for families.
  • Deborah Story, currently Metro Schools’ Executive Officer of Human Resources, will become Chief Human Resources Officer and report directly to Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director of Schools. This shift elevates Human Resources’ importance in the district to support the Our People goal area of the strategic framework.
  • Sharon Pertiller, current Executive Director of Talent Management, will assume the role of Executive Officer of Human Resources, continuing to report to Deborah Story. This position upgrade streamlines recruitment, retention, support and compensation initiatives across the district in support of Our People goal area. Furthermore it promotes a positive district culture and climate.
  • A new office of Organizational Development, led by Executive Officer Mo Carrasco, will focus on creating a culture of collaboration and shared accountability where people are valued, supported, and personally invested in professional growth. Reporting to Chief Human Resources Officer Deborah Story, this office will implement systems, processes, and structures to ensure leadership capacity in improving student achievement in a consistent, reliable, and predictable manner.
  • The Community Engagement functions of the district will merge with the Communications Department in the fall and report to Chief of Staff Dr. Jana Carlisle; this transition will bring together various external relations functions under a common umbrella and set of strategies designed to build strong and productive relationships with families and community partners to support students.

Metro Schools is pleased to announce the following additional leadership changes in service of continuing our journey to exceed great expectations and deliver a great public education to every student, every day.

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP SELECTIONS

MNPS has tapped into internal talent with these principal placements – all but one of the new leaders were selected from within the district and each new hire was previously in an academic leadership role. Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph is committed to actively engaging the community in all of the district’s initiatives, including the selection of a new principal, which includes community feedback meetings, interview panels and multiple interviews with district leadership.

Metro Schools is confident these leaders will support the underlying intent of the district’s strategic framework: position MNPS to expect high achievement and relentlessly help students meet high expectations. 

Amqui Elementary School: Latoya Cobb
Ms.Cobb was most recently the Principal of Kirkpatrick Elementary School. Cobb has served Metro Schools since 2006 as a school counselor and as an assistant principal. She has an Advanced Graduate Studies (+30 hours) in School Administration, a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

A.Z Kelly Elementary School: Heather Bethurum
Ms. Bethurum was most recently the Principal of Indian River School District located in Delaware. Bethurum brings a desire to work collaboratively with parents, teachers and community members to build a strong vision and positive learning environment. She looks forward to building relationships with community partners and other organizations to continue the strong work in place at A. Z. Kelley. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Fine Arts.

Cockrill Elementary School: Keri Hanes
Ms. Hanes has served in Metro Schools since 2003 as a math teacher, a numeracy coach, and as an assistant principal. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Lipscomb University.

Eakin Elementary School: Dr. Matthew Nelson
Dr. Nelson was most recently the Director of Advanced Academics for Metro Schools. Nelson has served MNPS since 2013. He has a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership in P-12 School Administration, an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision, a Master of Education Degree in P-12 Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater with a minor in English. Before joining MNPS, Nelson served as the Coordinator of Admission for Theater at DePaul University and taught at the high school tier in Shelby County, where he later served as an assistant principal and the District Supervisor of English Language Arts, Foreign Languages, Theatre Arts, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate.

H. G. Hill Middle Prep: Carrie Jones
Dr. Jones has served as the assistant principal at H. G. Hill since 2014. Prior to serving as assistant principal, she served as the literacy coach at H. G. Hill. Jones has a Doctorate of Education in Learning Organization and Strategic Change, Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Science (K-8). As a school leader, Jones has worked to build the capacity of others through professional development.

Hattie Cotton Elementary School: Jocelyn Adams
Ms. Adams began her career as a teacher with MNPS in 2003 and has most recently served as the Assistant Principal of Cane Ridge Elementary. She also served as a teacher in the Gifted and Talented/Encore Program for seven years. She has an Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership, a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. As a school leader, Jones has worked to build the capacity of teachers through differentiated professional learning, coaching and feedback.

Madison Middle Prep: Brian Mells
Ms. Mells has most recently served as the interim principal at Madison Middle Prep. Mells has also served Metro Schools as a high school Mathematics teacher and an assistant principal. Mells has an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics.

Smith Springs Elementary School Dr. Lance High
Dr. High has served as the Principal of Amqui Elementary since 2015. Prior to leading Amqui Elementary, Dr. High was the assistant principal at A. Z. Kelley Elementary School. He has a Doctorate of Education in Learning Organization and Strategic Change, a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. High is dedicated to the education of the community as evident by his time served as adjunct professor at Union University and Lipscomb University.

West End Middle Prep: Dr. Russell Young
Dr. Young was most recently the assistant principal at Hunters Lane High School of the model NCAC Academy of Health and Human Science. He was the head of school for International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. He has a Doctorate of Education in Learning Organization and Strategic Changes, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

Wright Middle Prep: Dr. Sharada Deaton
Dr. Deaton has most recently served as the Assistant Principal of the Ninth Grade Academy at Antioch High School since 2014. Deaton has served Metro Schools since 2004 as a teacher, in instructional leadership roles and as an assistant principal. She has a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy, Masters of English Literature and Linguistics and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Deaton also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS OF SCHOOL SUPPORT AND IMPROVEMENT

The district has selected two new Executive Directors of School Support and Improvement. These individuals will benefit from the partnership with and leadership of community superintendents, the Office of School Support and Improvement, and other collaborating Metro Schools departments to:  to directly support the new community-based organizational structure; and to establish quick, effective responses to local school needs related to instructional leadership, effective teaching and learning, and student performance. The Executive Directors of School Support and Improvement will model and encourage innovative and effective instructional leadership. The district has previously announced four Executive Directors of School Support and Improvement and has recently transitioned six current employees into these roles. Today, the district announces the placement of the two new newest hires:

Lendoza Edwards, Ed.D
Lendozia Edwards, Ed.D. returns to Metro Schools with over 20 years of experience as an educator.  She previously served in the district as a mathematics teacher, assistant principal at Nashville School of the Arts and Principal at Martin Luther King Academic Magnet High School. Dr. Edwards also supported middle and high schools as an executive director and transitioned to become an Executive Lead Principal for middle schools.  In 2012, she joined the faculty of Strayer University as a campus dean and served in administrative positions in Austin TX,   Savannah GA and Nashville. Dr. Edwards earned Bachelors and Master degrees in Mathematics from Clark Atlanta University, Education Specialist and Doctorate degrees in Administration Supervision from Tennessee State University, and most recently, an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Strayer University. She has also participated in Howard University’s first cohort of the Urban Superintendent’s Academy.

Robin Shumate, Ed.D.
Robin Shumate, Ed.D. brings 20 years of experience as a teacher and school leader to her new role.  She is leaving her service as the principal at Lakeview Design Center where she has served since 2008.  She began her career at Lakeview as a teacher in 1997 and also served as an assistant principal at Thomas Edison Elementary School for four years.  Dr. Shumate earned a Doctorate Degree in Professional Practices from Trevecca Nazarene University, a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from Middle Tennessee State University.

The full list of Executive Directors of School Support and Improvement by community quadrant is listed here.

Northwest Quadrant
Community Superintendent: Pippa Meriwether

Executive Director of School Support and Improvement:
-Lendozia Edwards
-Robin Shumate
-Letricia Gloster- L5

Northeast Quadrant
Community Superintendent: Damon Cathey

Executive Director of School Support and Improvement:
-Lily Lefler
-David Kovach
-Erin Anderson

Southeast Quadrant
Community Superintendent: Adrienne Battle

Executive Director of School Support and Improvement:
-Chaerea Snorten
-Michelle Springer
-Karen Gallman

Southwest Quadrant
Community Superintendent: Dottie Critchlow

Executive Director of School Support and Improvement:
-Craig Hammond
-Susan Cochrane
-Kathleen Dawson

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METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing 88,000 students to excel in higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville’s families, Metro Schools is committed to providing a high quality education to every student. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, its commitment to social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org.