New elementary principal appointments for 2013-14

We're already preparing for the 2013-2014 school year with several elementary school principal changes. “We are excited about our new selections to the elementary administrative staff. We look forward to providing our students a rewarding year of exciting learning opportunities,” said Brenda Steele, elementary school executive officer.

Tracy Gibson has accepted the position as principal at Goodlettsville Elementary. Currently the assistant principal of Tusculum Elementary, Gibson was a teacher for more than 20 years. She obtained her bachelor of science in elementary education from Middle Tennessee State University and master of education in curriculum from Cumberland University. She also has completed 30+hours in administration and supervision coursework from MTSU. Gibson will replace Michael Westveer, new principal of Ruby Major Elementary.

DeeAnne Miree, has been named the new principal of Cumberland Elementary. Miree, formerly the assistant principal of Cane Ridge Elementary, taught at several Metro Schools prior to becoming assistant principal at Lakeview Design Center Elementary and then at Cane Ridge Elementary. Miree is a graduate of Tennessee State University, where she earned a bachelor’s in early childhood education, a master’s in administration and supervision and the education specialist credential in administration and supervision. She will replace Bertha Brown, who is retiring.

Anthony Febles is the new executive principal of Fall Hamilton Enhanced Option Elementary. Febles, former assistant principal at Haywood Elementary, brings more than 10 years of classroom and administrative experience. He spent time as a music specialist, textbook inventory administrator and ESEA program facilitator at Neely’s Bend Elementary before going to Haywood. Febles holds a bachelor’s and master’s from Middle Tennessee State University. He will replace Marsha McGill, new principal at Glenview Elementary.

Marsha McGill, former principal at Fall-Hamilton, will bring more than 13 years of expertise to Glenview Elementary. Prior to her work at Fall Hamilton, McGill served as a teacher for eight years at Una and Napier elementary schools, a Title I coordinator at Una and assistant principal at Andrew Jackson Elementary. McGill was a participant in the Educational Leader Learning Exchange with South China Normal University in China. She has a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University, master’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University, and will complete her doctorate in educational leadership in August 2013. McGill will replace Claudia Russell, who is retiring.

Dr. Rebecca Welch is the new principal of Joelton Elementary. She has worked for the district for more than 14 years, as both teacher and administrator. Dr. Welch taught first through third grades for five years. In 2006, she moved into an assistant principal position, serving in this capacity for more than eight years combined at Hickman, Thomas Edison and Napier EOS elementary schools. Dr. Welch holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, master’s degree in educational leadership and doctorate in leadership and professional practices from Trevecca Nazarene University. Dr. Welch will replace Dr. Alan Powell, who is retired.

Donna Poag is the new principal at Neely’s Bend Elementary. She will bring administrative experience from Metro Schools, City of Pontiac and Grand Rapids, Mich. school districts. Poag has served as an education administrator for more than 30 years. She began her career in Grand Rapids, where she was an elementary school principal. In 2004, Poag moved to Pontiac, Mich., as the director of elementary education for the district of the City of Pontiac. Poag has been the assistant principal at Shwab. Poag has a bachelor of science in special education from Southern Illinois University and master of arts in educational leadership from Western Michigan University. She will replace Ricky Binkley, who is retiring.

Michael Westveer, former principal of Goodlettsville Elementary, has been appointed principal ofRuby Major Elementary.  Westveer’s career with Metro Schools began in 1992 as teacher at Kirkpatrick. He later moved to Two Rivers as a teacher and a coach and for two years Westveer was assistant principal at Donelson Middle before moving to his position as principal. He was part of the 2001 Principals Leadership Academy of Nashville and attended the Educational Leadership Learning Exchange to Guangzhou, China in 2006.  Westveer holds a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and a master’s degree from Tennessee State University. Westveer will replace Teresa Dennis, who is retiring.

Teresa Dillehay is the new principal of Stanford Montessori Design Center Elementary. For 13 years, Dillehay was in the classroom before becoming an assistant principal.  She later served as principal for six years and then was named numeracy coach at Mt. View Elementary in 2008. Dillehay graduated from David Lipscomb University with a bachelor of science degree and received her master of education degree from Tennessee State University. Dillehay will replace Melva Stricklin, who is retiring.

Susan Blankenship, who has worked for Metro Schools for 13 years, has been named principal of Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center. Blankenship began her career with Metro Schools as a teacher. In 2011, she became the instructional Paideia coach for the district. Blankenship moved back into the schools and was named the dean of instruction at Thurgood Marshall Middle. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Blankenship also has the education specialist credential in administration from MTSU. She will replace Evalina Cheadle, who is retired.

Principals will officially take on their new roles July 1.