Beloved Metro Schools principal and district leader chosen as American Graduate Champion

Executive Lead Principal Bill Warren will be honored as an American Graduate Champion at Nashville Public Television’s (NPT) American Graduate Champion Event tonight, Sept. 15. During his almost 40 years of working in education, Warren has specialized in working with at-risk young adults. While working in Chattanooga, he pioneered an educational model focused around helping students whose circumstances in life prevented them from being able to earn a high-school diploma in a traditional setting.

[youtube] In 2009, Warren was hired by Metro Schools to design and develop similar programs in Nashville. These programs are now the Academies at Old Cockrill, Opry Mills and Old Hickory. These academies are tailored to offer a non-traditional route to earning a diploma for students who may have otherwise dropped out of school.

Warren served as the principal of the Academy of Old Cockrill and has supported thousands of students in obtaining their diplomas from all three of the Academies.

Since 2015, Warren has worked as the executive lead principal (ELP) for 11 Metro Schools, including alternative learning centers, non-traditional schools and traditional high schools. As an ELP, Warren helps principals with the tools and knowledge to manage and lead their schools effectively, and he is a part of a team that develops assistant principals into instructional leaders and principals.

His work with the principals in his network showed an increase in the number of students who were assessing post-secondary educational opportunities.

American Graduate Champions are community leaders that are chosen by NPT for their work in helping high school students to graduate. Their long-term commitment, American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, seeks to address the crisis of high-school dropouts and build community capacity to improve graduation rates. NPT believes their Graduate Champions are inspirations within the community that will motivate others to make a difference in young peoples’ lives.

Warren isn’t the only Metro employee to be named an American Graduate Champion. Nasreen Kuvly was named one in 2015 for her work as a translator at John Overton High School.

Congratulations, Bill! We’re so proud of our employees who exceed our great expectations by going above and beyond for their students.