Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the nine finalists for the 2018-19 Tennessee Principal of the Year and Supervisor of the Year awards today. The finalists represent each Center of Regional Excellence (CORE) region in the state, with three finalists in each Grand Division (West, Middle, and East).
“We know that strong leadership plays a key role in the ultimate success of our students, schools, and state, and these 18 finalists represent some of the best leaders in Tennessee,” McQueen said. “It is an honor to recognize them for their years of dedication to our students and their track records of success.”
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.
The nine finalists for 2018-19 Principal of the Year are:
|Shelby/Municipals||Barbara Harmon||Germantown High||Shelby County|
|Southwest||Vicki Shipley||Munford Middle||Tipton County|
|Northwest||Jared Foust||Crockett County High||Crockett County|
|Mid Cumberland||Monica Fox||Gladeville Elementary||Wilson County|
|South Central||Velena Newton||Richland Elementary||Giles County|
|Upper Cumberland||Angela Cossey||Woodland Elementary||Cannon County|
|Southeast||Dr. Marthel Young||East Brainerd Elementary||Hamilton County|
|East Tennessee||Sydney Upton||Sunnyview Primary||Knox County|
|First Tennessee||Joseph Ely||Lincoln Heights Middle||Hamblen County|
Each year an outstanding public school supervisor earns distinction as the Tennessee Supervisor of the Year. To qualify, candidates must demonstrate a record of implementing innovative programs and managing and motivating students and faculties. Additionally, the nominees must have a minimum of three years’ experience as an administrator and a minimum of five years’ experience in Tennessee public schools.
The nine finalists for 2018-19 Supervisor of the Year are:
|Shelby/Municipals||Angela Delloso||Lakeland School System|
|Southwest||Jennifer Kent||Lauderdale County|
|Northwest||Betsy Allison||Henry County|
|Mid Cumberland||Dr. Emily Mofield||Sumner County|
|South Central||John Fanning||Lincoln County|
|Upper Cumberland||Dr. Regina Merriman||Cannon County|
|Southeast||Arlette Robinson||Bradley County|
|East Tennessee||Maria Warren||Loudon County|
|First Tennessee||Amy Burchette||Newport City School|
Principal and Supervisor of the Year finalists will proceed to an in-person interview that will be held in in the coming months where each will meet with a panel of interviewers made up of department staff and other education leaders. Winners for each Grand Division and the Tennessee Principal and Supervisor of the Year will be selected from this group and announced at a banquet on Oct. 4, during the department’s LEAD Conference in Nashville.
For more information about the Principal or Supervisor of the Year program, contact Paul Fleming, assistant commissioner of teachers and leaders, at Paul.Fleming@tn.gov. For media inquiries, please contact Sara Gast, director of communications, at 615-532-6260 or Sara.Gast@tn.gov.