Tennessee Education Department Announces 2016-17 Principal of the Year Finalists

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Thursday, September 01, 2016 8:26am

NASHVILLE—Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the finalists for the 2016-17 Tennessee Principal of the Year award today. The nine finalists represent each Center of Regional Excellence (CORE) region in the state, with three finalists in each Grand Division, West, Middle and East. Grand Division winners and the Principal of the Year will be selected from this group and announced on Oct. 25, 2016, during the department’s LEAD Conference.

“Leadership matters. As I’ve traveled around the state, I have seen the significant impact a strong school leader has on teachers’ successes and students’ progress,” Commissioner McQueen said. “Principals set the tone and expectations that drive student learning in their buildings, and I commend these finalists for the ways in which they have set a high bar for the profession.

The nine finalists for 2016-17 Principal of the Year are:

West Tennessee
CORE Region Principal School District
Shelby/Municipals Docia Generette-Walker Middle College High School Shelby County Schools
Southwest Lillie Treadway Ripley Primary School Lauderdale County School System
Northwest Charlotte Shivley East Elementary School Humboldt City Schools
Middle Tennessee
CORE Region Teacher School District
Mid Cumberland Robin Newell Mitchell-Neilson Schools Murfreesboro City Schools
South Central Tina Weatherford Joseph Brown Elementary School Maury County Public Schools
Upper Cumberland Grant Swallows White County High School White County Schools
East Tennessee
CORE Region Teacher School District
Southeast Glen Puryear Rogers Creek Elementary School McMinn County School System
East Tennessee Beth Roeder Andersonville Elementary School Anderson County Schools
First Tennessee Susan Trent Surgoinsville Elementary Schools Hawkins County School District

The Tennessee Principal of the Year award is given annually to a school leader for outstanding service in education and exceptional leadership that drives overall improvements in his or her school. To qualify, candidates must have a minimum of three years' experience as a principal and a minimum of five years' experience in Tennessee public schools. In addition, all nominees must have a proven track record of exceptional gains in student learning.

For more information about the Principal of the Year program, contact Sylvia Flowers at Sylvia.Flowers@tn.gov. For media inquiries, contact Sara Gast at (615) 532-6260 or Sara.Gast@tn.gov.

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