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Five more Metro schools get new principals for 2015-16

Five more Metro Schools will begin 2015-16 with new principals. District leaders have chosen experienced educators who will serve their new schools well. Also involved in these leadership changes is out-going Apollo Middle Prep principal Jon Hubble, who will move to Central Office as an executive lead principal. All will begin in their new roles July 1. The principals and their assignments are:

  • Andrew Jackson Elementary School – Tara Loba
  • Haywood Elementary School – Xavier Barrios
  • Apollo Middle Prep – Shawn Lawrence
  • Bailey STEM Magnet Middle Prep – Charlie McReynolds
  • Isaac Litton Middle Prep – Chara Rand
  • Executive Lead Principal – Jon Hubble


About the Principals

Andrew Jackson Elementary School – Tara Loba Tara Loba has been with Metro Schools for 17 years, serving mostly as a teacher but most recently spending two years as an assistant principal at Eakin Elementary School. Andrew Jackson is her first time as principal, but she has earned it through hard work in the Metro Schools leadership pipeline. She is a graduate of the Principals’ Leadership Academy of Nashville at Vanderbilt University, traveled to China as part of the Educational Leadership Learning Exchange program at Vanderbilt and serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Principals Association. Ms. Loba holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education and a master’s in administration and supervision.

Haywood Elementary School – Xavier Barrios Mr. Barrios is a well-known and respected veteran leader in Metro Schools. He has split his 20 years in education evenly between classroom teaching and school leadership. He comes to Haywood from Andrew Jackson Elementary, which was recognized as a Reward School by the Tennessee Department of Education for being in the top five percent of all schools statewide for academic growth. He is also a lead principal in Metro Schools, which means he supervises a small network of schools and lends his expertise and leadership to their principals. He is fluent in Spanish, holds two bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees, all from DePaul University.

Apollo Middle Prep– Shawn Lawrence Shawn Lawrence is returning to Apollo Middle Prep after a short time at another school and is ready to bring his leadership experience back to his former home. Mr. Lawrence was hand-picked by Apollo principal Jon Hubble to join the school’s turnaround team and was very quickly promoted to assistant principal. He played an integral role in the school’s improvement planning and in developing a culture of high expectations for student achievement. Last October, Mr. Lawrence and his school improvement skills were called to Neely’s Bend Middle Prep, where he honed his leadership skills in another turnaround situation. He now returns to Apollo as principal where he will continue leading academic gains and developing a culture of excellence among staff and students, as well as one of shared leadership among teachers.

Bailey STEM Magnet Middle Prep – Charlie McReynolds Mr. McReynolds is returning to Bailey after a long absence. He first taught there in 2001 before being quickly moved into middle school leadership. He has served as a principal or assistant principal in Metro middle schools for 13 years. Most recently, he served as principal at Brick Church Middle School while it transitioned to a LEAD charter school through the Achievement School District. The experience of leading a school during that kind of transitional time strengthened his collaborative and school improvement planning skills. That is exactly the experience Bailey STEM Magnet needs this year as it plans for the move into Stratford STEM Magnet and the transition into a 5-12 STEM magnet school. Mr. McReynolds will bring a passion and concern for his school, students and community to Bailey, along with a high value on personal integrity and the belief that all students can succeed academically. He also brings extensive experience in building a positive school culture, engaging the community and helping develop teachers and improve instruction. Mr. McReynolds earned his teaching degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in physical education and a master’s in administration from Tennessee State University. He is a graduate of the Principals’ Leadership Academy of Nashville

Isaac Litton Middle Prep – Chara Rand Ms. Rand brings exactly the right kind of experience to Litton Middle. For four years, she has served as the school’s assistant principal, helping lead the dramatic transformation Litton has undergone in both academic achievement and community support. She is an instructional leader skilled at mentoring and coaching classroom teachers, and under her shared leadership Litton achieved strong growth in all academic subjects. Ms. Rand is a leadership coach with the Tennessee Department of Education charged with training teachers and principals on the new Tennessee state standards and TNReady assessments to be implemented in the 2015-16 school year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish, a master’s in elementary education and an education specialist’s degree in administration and supervision. She is now earning her doctorate in educational leadership.

Executive Lead Principal – Jon Hubble Mr. Hubble has 28 years experience in Metro middle schools, including serving as principal at Meigs Middle Magnet and Apollo Middle Prep. While at Meigs, he received statewide and national recognition for effective leadership and his students’ academic achievement. At Apollo, he oversaw significant academic growth and was recognized by the Tennessee Department of Education for inclusive practices. He has received several teaching awards, including Metro Schools Teacher of the Year.