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New principal named for Neely’s Bend Middle Prep

Michelle Brock-Demps to lead Neely’s Bend through the transition to a charter school

Neely’s Bend Middle Prep will have a new principal as it begins the transition into a LEAD charter school under the state’s Achievement School District (ASD). Michelle Brock-Demps, currently principal at Madison Middle School, will lead the MNPS-operated grades at Neely’s Bend starting next school year.

Brock-Demps has experience in school turnaround, having been trained in the New Leaders for New Schools national program for aspiring school administrators in Memphis. She has also facilitated federal school turnaround grants for high-need Metro schools.

“Michelle is trained in turnaround strategies, and we look forward to seeing what she can do for Neely’s Bend during this transitional time,” said Metro Schools’ Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jay Steele. “This is a good school for her skillset because Neely’s Bend will need a strong turnaround plan in the upper grades and also Michelle’s collaboration skills for the transition to a LEAD charter.”

Brock-Demps is a 15-year veteran of education. Her career began as an English Teacher at Wright Middle School and later moved to Whites Creek High School. There, she served as Whites Creek’s first AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Coordinator and Teacher, which is an academic program that prepares students for college.

Brock-Demps is a graduate of Whites Creek High School. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Tennessee State University, and is currently working toward a doctorate from Trevecca Nazarene University.