Metro Schools names principal of Waverly-Belmont Elementary School
Kimber Halliburton will bring sure and solid leadership to the new school
Dr. Jesse Register and the Metro Schools leadership team are proud to introduce the first principal for the new Waverly-Belmont. Kimber Halliburton will open Waverly-Belmont Elementary School in August of 2015.
Since 2009, Halliburton has served as principal at Harpeth Valley Elementary School in Bellevue, one of the highest performing schools in the district. She is also a district lead principal supervising leadership at four other schools and the 2014 recipient of the Tennessee Education Association’s Distinguished Administrator of the Year award. She brings the kind of experience Waverly-Belmont will need to serve a diverse neighborhood with high-quality academics and community support.
“Kimber is one of the best principals we have and has made Harpeth Valley stable, strong and ready for its next leader. We appreciate her willingness to open Waverly-Belmont,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “She is as sure a leader as you can hope for in an elementary school, particularly one that’s brand new. Kimber will make Waverly-Belmont exactly what we expect it to be: one of the best schools in the city.”
This is not her first time opening a new school. She opened Lockeland Elementary School in 2004 and built a program there that quickly turned it into one of the premiere schools in East Nashville. During Lockeland’s first year, it was the top performing elementary school in the district.
“It’s an honor to be chosen to open a new school, especially one as closely tied to the neighborhood around it as Waverly-Belmont,” said Halliburton. “I’ve been down this road before. I know what to expect and how to get everyone ready to serve students in 2015. We can all work together to make sure this school will be great from the very first day it opens.”
Halliburton has been with Metro Schools since 1988, starting as an elementary special education teacher. She has split her time with the district as a teacher and administrator, leading Lockeland, Bellevue Middle and Harpeth Valley. She earned bachelor’s in elementary and special education from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s in educational leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.
She is also a graduate of the Principals’ Leadership Academy of Nashville (PLAN), a collaboration between Metro Schools and Vanderbilt University to help groom top leadership talent. She now serves as a mentor principal at PLAN, shepherding assistant principals who are demonstrating talent to lead as executive principals in the future in MNPS. She was also among the first group of Nashville educators to travel to China with the Education Leadership Learning Exchange.
Her international studies will serve Waverly-Belmont well as it applies to become an International Baccalaureate school and possibly offer classes in Chinese language and culture. Metro Schools administrators have started the application process, which takes three years to complete.
Along with the current assistant principals at Harpeth Valley, Halliburton will work for a smooth transition in leadership at that school while also preparing to open Waverly-Belmont. During that time, she will engage families and the surrounding community and start recruiting students. She will also have her pick of thousands of teachers applying to teach in Metro Schools as she hires 100% of the school faculty herself.