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New principal named for Napier Elementary School

With Napier principal Dr. Ronald Powe retiring at the end of this school year, a new leader is ready to come on board. Angela Underwood will be principal at Napier starting July 2015, and next week she officially begins work planning for the new year. Underwood is a turnaround principal who is ready to get to work crafting a plan for rapid improvement at Napier. She comes to Nashville from Michigan, where she served as principal at a combined elementary and middle school. She is a goal-oriented leader with a strong track record in transforming student achievement, school culture and community involvement.

“Angela is definitely a superstar principal, and it’s great to welcome her to Napier,” said Dr. Alan Coverstone, Metro Schools’ executive officer for innovation. “Napier has made a lot of progress under Dr. Powe. He and his team have built a strong sense of community around that school. They made gains academically and brought needed wrap-around services to families through a terrific partnership with United Way. Angela will continue that legacy and strengthen Napier’s place as a positive force in the community.”

At her previous schools, Underwood gained hands-on experience in turnaround. She brought 1:1 technology and blended learning to students and gathered dozens of community partners and hundreds of volunteers to commit to helping her school. She increased attendance, increased parent involvement and cut discipline incidents in half.

Underwood holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s in educational leadership. When she starts work next week, she will meet with the faculty and families at Napier. She will spend the rest of this school year writing a turnaround plan and preparing for 2015-16.