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New principals for Gra-Mar, Eakin and Harpeth Valley in 2014-15

Three more Metro Schools will begin 2014-15 with new principals. District leaders have hired educators with extensive experience in key areas that will serve their new schools well. Eakin Elementary School – Dr. Timothy Drinkwine

Though he is coming from a leadership role in Williamson County, Dr. Drinkwine is a product of Metro Schools through and through. He was educated here, elementary school through graduation, and began his career as a teacher at Gra-Mar Middle and wrestling coach at Hume-Fogg High School. For four years, he has served as an assistant principal at Spring Station Middle School in Spring Hill where he was seen as a school and district leader in technology integration, teacher professional development and student behavior, among many other things. He describes himself as a “voracious learner” ready to lead by example for his teachers and his students.

Dr. Drinkwine earned his bachelor’s in education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, his master’s in education leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University and his doctorate in leadership from Trevecca.

Harpeth Valley Elementary School – Dr. Ann-Marie Gleason Dr. Gleason is a familiar face for many Metro parents and teachers. She has been a teacher and a principal here for more than ten years, most recently leading Eakin Elementary. She may also be familiar to Harpeth Valley families, as she lives – and now works – in Bellevue.

Dr. Gleason is a graduate of the Principals’ Leadership Academy of Nashville (PLAN) at Vanderbilt University and has spent time in China as part of the Educational Leadership Learning Exchange through Vanderbilt. She was elected by her fellow principals to serve on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Principals Association (TPA). Ann-Marie is currently serving as President-Elect, and will serve as President during the 2015-16 school year.

Dr. Gleason holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and elementary education from Belmont University, a master’s in instructional effectiveness, a plus 30 administration endorsement and a doctorate in education, all from Trevecca.

Gra-Mar Middle Prep – Sonya Voltz-Brooks Ms. Voltz-Brooks is used to guiding middle school students on a path to success in high school. As principal of the Freshman Academy at Antioch High School, she has helped hundreds of students make the transition and knows exactly what they need to succeed. She has been a teacher for nearly 20 years, including 18 in Metro Schools. Her primary experience is in high schools, meaning she will have the skills and knowledge to prepare the students of Gra-Mar for what lies after middle school.

Ms. Voltz-Brooks has been through extensive leadership training, including PLAN. She holds a bachelor’s degree in math education from Alabama A&M University, a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Tennessee State University and an administrator’s license from TSU.