Metro Schools Announces Four New Executive Directors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 23, 2017) – Today, Metro Nashville Public Schools announced the hiring of four new executive directors of school support and improvement (EDSSI). These four new positions, all currently serving in administrative roles with Metro Schools, will directly support the new community-based organizational structure and the district’s four community superintendents.

With the partnership and leadership of the community superintendent and the Office of School Support and Improvement, as well as additional collaboration with other Metro Schools departments, the EDSSI will work to establish quick, effective responses to local school needs related to instructional leadership, effective teaching and learning and student performance. The EDSSI will model and encourage innovative and effective instructional leadership. Four EDSSI positions have been filled; two remain vacant.

“We are excited to continue to deliver on our mission of exceeding great expectations by filling these four positions with highly-qualified personnel,” said Sito Narcisse, Ed.D., chief of schools. “These employees have vast knowledge of Metro Schools and unparalleled educational experience that will be invaluable in their new roles.”

The EDSSIs will transition to their new roles on July 1. Their cluster assignments will be determined at a later date.

Craig Hammond, Ed.D., brings more than 14 years of teaching, coaching and administrative leadership to his new position. He is currently the executive principal at West End International Baccalaureate World School. Hammond has served as an advisor for various committees for the Tennessee Department of Education and as a state trainer for common core standards and the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model evaluation (TEAM) process. He also served as an adjunct professor at Lipscomb University. Hammond has a doctorate degree in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University, and a master’s in Administration and Supervision and a bachelor’s in History Education from Lipscomb University.

Chaerea Snorten, Ed.D., is currently the executive principal at Nashville Big Picture High School, a position she has held since 2010. Throughout her 16 years with Metro Schools, she has served as a school co­­­­unselor, a Learning through Internship coordinator and an assistant principal. Snorten also served as a training facilitator for the Work-Based Learning Leadership Council and an advisory leader for the Big Picture Learning Network. Snorten has a doctorate degree in Administration and Supervision, a master’s in pre-K-12 Guidance and Counseling and a bachelor’s in Social Work, all from Tennessee State University (TSU).

Erin Anderson, Ed.D., brings 17 years of educational leadership, school counseling and program coordination experience to her new role. She is currently the executive principal at Wright Middle Prep.  Anderson has served on Nashville’s Music Makes Us Advisory Council, Vanderbilt University’s Council for Teaching and Learning and Alignment Nashville’s Council for Integration of International Families. Anderson received her doctorate degree in Leadership and Professional Practice and master’s in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. She has a bachelor’s in Psychology from TSU.


Susan Cochrane brings more than 27 years of teaching and leadership experience to her new role. She is currently the executive principal at Cockrill Elementary, a role she has held since 2011. Cochrane has served as a network lead principal, curriculum coordinator, reading specialist and assistant principal. Cochrane has a master’s in Administration and Supervision and a bachelor’s in Elementary Education from TSU.


Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing 88,000 students to excel in higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville’s families, Metro Schools is committed to providing a high quality education to every student. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, its commitment to social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit