Three new principals to jumpstart the school year

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools will close out the summer with three new principal additions for the new school year that begins Thursday, August 1. Dr. Shantrell Pirtle has been named principal at Bellshire Elementary School. New to the district, Dr. Pirtle brings educational expertise from Fayette County Schools where she served as principal at LaGrange – Moscow Elementary School and worked with 320 students and 44 faculty and staff members. She also increased math and reading proficiency levels and reduced student discipline. Dr. Pirtle has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis, a master’s degree from Freed-Hardeman University and both educational specialist and doctoral degrees from Union University.

Ronald Wooding II has accepted the position as principal at Ross Elementary School. Wooding, former assistant principal at J.E. Moss Elementary School, has worked for Metro Schools for more than 10 years. Prior to becoming assistant principal, Wooding taught various subjects for several Metro elementary, middle and high schools. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University, two master’s degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University and is completing his doctorate in education at Lipscomb University.

Michelle Brock-Demps is the new principal at Madison Middle School. She began her teaching career with Metro Schools as an English teacher in 2000. Brock-Demps later was employed by Memphis City School as assistant principal and principal for New Leaders for New Schools for three years. She came back to Metro Schools in 2009 as a consulting teacher and later worked as an assistant principal at Madison Middle. Brock-Demps has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tennessee State University.