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Experienced Leaders Move into Two Innovation Cluster Schools

Rich experience in data use and parent engagement will serve schools well

Two schools in the district’s Innovation Cluster will welcome new principals when school starts on August 6, 2014.

  • Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary – Trellaney Lane
  • Jere Baxter Middle Prep – Miriam Harrington

“We are looking for a special kind of leader for our Innovation Cluster schools,” said Alan Coverstone, the district’s executive officer for innovation. “We conduct our own interview process and choose candidates who can meet the special challenges unique to these schools. We are excited about this new leadership and look forward to a successful school year.”

Last week, another Innovation Cluster School, Margaret Allen Middle Prep, also received word of a new principal for next school year. Kisha Cox will take over for the retiring Dr. Dorothy Gunn.


About the Principals

Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School – Trellaney Lane Ms. Lane brings a wide range of experience to Churchwell. She is a teacher first and foremost, with years of experience in early childhood and elementary education. She also brings experience in family engagement, having worked in that role at Rosebank Elementary in East Nashville. Since 2010, Ms. Lane has served JFK Middle Prep as assistant principal. While there she became a relied upon expert in data use, sharing her knowledge with parents and her colleagues at various events in Nashville. She is also particularly interested in the transition to middle school, a skill set that will get a work out at Churchwell. Ms. Lane has three degrees from Tennessee State University: a bachelor’s in humanities, a masters in elementary and early childhood education, an education specialist degree in administration and supervision. Now she is a doctoral candidate at Tennessee State in administration and supervision.

Jere Baxter Middle Prep – Miriam Harrington As an assistant principal at Hunters Lane High School, Ms. Harrington managed the Freshman Academy, helping ninth graders make a successful transition into high school. This experience will serve her students well at Jere Baxter. With an extensive background in the use of data to drive instruction and inform parents, she will ensure an environment of personalized learning for every student. Ms. Harrington also has more than ten years’ experience as a special education teacher and this summer will lead the Mayor’s Scholars Academy. She earned a bachelor’s in education from UT Knoxville, a master’s and an education specialist degree from Tennessee State and is now a doctoral candidate at Tennessee State.