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Whitsitt and Caldwell Elementary Schools get new principals for 2014-15

Two more Metro Schools will begin 2014-15 with new principals. Justin Uppinghouse will lead Whitsitt Elementary and Ronald A. Wooding II will lead Caldwell Elementary.

Whitsitt Elementary School - Justin Uppinghouse For the past 12 years, Uppinghouse has worked as a principal, a teacher, a social worker and a volunteer coordinator. During his career, Uppinghouse has worked extensively on family engagement, achievement gap closure, student discipline and technology promotion.

Uppinghouse has spent his career to date in Illinois. He holds master’s degrees in science and social work from Eastern Illinois University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively. His bachelor’s degree in science is also from Urbana-Champaign.

Caldwell Elementary School - Dr. Ronald A. Wooding II Wooding’s favorite educational quote is by Frederick Douglass, “It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.” He has taught in all three tiers: elementary, middle and high and most recently served as principal of Ross Elementary, which this year has been converted into the Ross Early Learning Center for prekindergarten. His experience has shown him it takes a commitment from the entire community to have an effect on academics. He is a data-driven learning leader who places equal importance on creating a positive culture within a school and maximizing the potential of everyone there.

He graduated from Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He went on to complete two graduate programs at Trevecca Nazarene University, earning amaster’s degrees in K-6 education and in administration and supervision.  He completed his doctoral studies at Lipscomb University.