Proven Leaders Move into MLK Academic, Head Magnet Schools

When looking for a new leader for one of the country's most well-respected public schools, it turns out you don't need to look very far. Dr. Angela Carr, who has served as executive principal at Head Middle Magnet School for six years, will move two blocks down the road to lead Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet School as its new principal starting July 1. Respected educator Dr. Tonja Williams will succeed Dr. Carr as principal at Head, one of Nashville’s highest-achieving middle schools. "I am honored to have the opportunity to lead MLK into the future,” Dr. Carr said. “With the help of the faculty and staff, I look forward to preparing our students for our rapidly changing society."

MLK families should expect a seamless transition as Dr. Carr takes over as executive principal. She will continue moving the school forward and honor the legacy of excellence that has made MLK Magnet one of the top two high schools in the state of Tennessee.

Head Middle Magnet School families will soon welcome Dr. Tonja Williams, the school’s new executive principal. Dr. Williams is currently the academic principal at Glencliff High School and previously served as an assistant principal at Nashville School of the Arts, where she helped lead the school to Reward School status.

About Angela Carr Dr. Carr's career in education is a Nashville story. She graduated from Whites Creek High School, attended Fisk University, earned her master's and doctorate of education degrees from Peabody College and has worked in Metro Schools for 20 years.

As principal, Dr. Carr has led Head Middle Magnet to exceed academic benchmarks for five consecutive years. It is designated as a Reward School for performance and progress and has received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Dr. Carr has strengthened Head's mission of math and science instruction, with a particular focus on increasing the use and availability of technology in the school. She placed a strong emphasis on open and direct communication with families and building relationships with students.

"I am an educator, then an administrator and have a love for students most of all. I greet each student every day with a smile and words of encouragement for academic excellence," Carr said.

About Tonja Williams  Dr. Williams earned a degree in biological sciences and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Mississippi State University. She also holds an Ed.S. from Middle Tennessee State University in administration and supervision and a doctorate from Trevecca Nazarene University in educational leadership and professional practice.

She has a strong background in science education, first as a biology teacher at MLK Magnet, then as science department chair at NSA and continuing with research experience in biomedical engineering with Vanderbilt University.

"Leading Head Middle Magnet gives me the opportunity to draw on my background and experience with increasing student achievement in math and science," Dr. Williams said. "I am excited to serve the students, faculty and parents of Head Middle Magnet, and I am committed to meeting the challenge of increasing academic growth and performance at such an exemplary school."