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Lance Forman named first principal of Smith Springs Elementary School

Experienced educator and leader to begin serving the new school right away

Smith Springs Elementary School opening August 2015

Dr. Jesse Register and the Metro Schools leadership team are proud to introduce the first principal for Smith Springs Elementary School. Lance Forman will open the brand new Antioch-area school in August of 2015.

Forman is currently the principal at McGavock Elementary School, where he oversees a diverse student body in a tight knit community. Under his leadership, McGavock Elementary has made progress in closing achievement gaps and shown strong TVAAS scores for academic growth. Forman now has the honor of opening a beautiful new school in the community that gave him his start.

“Lance is the kind of educator we need in a new school like Smith Springs,” said Chief Academic Officer Jay Steele. “He has ties to the community and has proven himself a capable school leader in his years of service to Nashville families. We are proud to welcome him back to South Nashville and into a brand new school.”

Forman is a product of Metro Schools and the Antioch area. He was raised there and graduated from Overton High School. He is currently the principal of McGavock Elementary School but began his career in Metro Schools teaching fourth grade at Andrew Jackson Elementary. He has since held positions as a district STEM coach and assistant principal at Julia Green Elementary.

“Relationships play a huge role in the development of student learning,” said Forman. “I believe relationships are also at the foundation of strong schools. I worked hard to foster relationships with McGavock families and the larger Donelson community to support the academic, social and emotional needs of my students. I look forward to getting to know the people of South Nashville and building the same kinds of relationships there to give students Smith Springs Elementary the best education possible.”

Forman holds bachelor's degree in interpersonal communications and human relations and a master's in educational leadership, both from Trevecca Nazarene University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in leadership and professional practice from Trevecca with an anticipated graduation in May 2016.

Metro Schools’ leaders are working quickly to identify a new leader for McGavock Elementary School so Forman has ample time to dedicate to opening Smith Springs Elementary. Between now and the first day of school, he will hire faculty, develop academic programming and start meeting with members of the community.