New Principals Announced for 2021-22 School Year

New Principals Announced for 2021-22 School Year
Posted on 07/14/2021
New Principals for 21-22

Metro Nashville Public Schools is thrilled to announce a new, dynamic group of school principals for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. Principal leaders were selected with input from parents and staff members. Each principal was carefully selected for his or her school assignment based on rigorous criteria and evidence of the candidate’s individual skills and strengths.

“I’m excited to watch these leaders move their schools in new directions while also building on existing strengths that ensure every student is known and on a path to success,” Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle said. “Thank you to everyone in each of these school communities who contributed to the search process.”

The following principals have been chosen to lead MNPS schools for the 2021-2022 school year:

The Academy at Old Cockrill - Debbie Booker

Debbie Booker is transitioning from her role as interim principal at The Academy of Old Cockrill and will be the school’s executive principal for the 2021-2022 school year.  Prior to serving the past year at Old Cockrill, Ms. Booker was executive principal for the Cohn Learning Center from 2012-2020, served for four years as assistant principal at Antioch High and was a mathematics teacher for several years in multiple districts, including MNPS. Booker holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Alabama A&M University and an educational specialist degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Moses McKissack Middle - Dr. Marlon Heaston

McKissack Middle School welcomes Dr. Marlon Heaston from the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, where he served the past six years as principal of Kenwood Middle School, two years as assistant principal at Northwest High School, and as an adjunct professor at Austin Peay State University. He also taught algebra at Covington High School in Tipton County. Dr. Heaston earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Gateway Elementary - Ashley Jackson

Ashley Jackson is the new principal of Gateway Elementary School. She comes to Gateway from Shwab Elementary, where she has been assistant principal for the past two years. Prior to her work at Shwab, she was dean of instruction at Goodlettsville Middle and previously served as a music teacher and an advanced academic resource teacher. Jackson earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Union University and her education specialist degree from Regent University.

John Early Museum Magnet Middle - Dr. Jeremiah Riggs

Dr. Jeremiah (Jeremy) Riggs returns to Metro Nashville Public Schools as the new principal of John Early Museum Magnet Middle School. Dr. Riggs is a former MNPS teacher who has spent the past several years as a teacher and administrator in Chicago. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Welch College in Nashville and his master’s, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

Park Avenue Elementary - Dr. Ashley Thomas

Dr. Ashley Thomas is the new principal of Park Avenue Elementary. Dr. Thomas is not new to Park Avenue, having served as a classroom teacher at the school from 2009-2014. She returns there from Isaiah T. Creswell Middle School of the Arts, where she was assistant principal for the past five years. She also formerly served as dean of students at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary and as an adjunct professor at Nashville State Community College. Dr. Thomas earned her bachelor’s, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees from Tennessee State University and her master’s degree from Lipscomb University.

Ivanetta H. Davis Early Learning Center - Dr. Rhiannon Wilson

The new principal at Davis Early Learning Center is Dr. Rhiannon M. Wilson, who is a graduate of Metro Nashville Public Schools. Dr. Wilson brings 20 years of experience and an extensive background in early childhood education as a classroom teacher, instructional specialist, pre-k instructional coach, and pre-k program specialist for the district. She served for the past three years as the assistant principal of Tom Joy Elementary. She holds doctorate and master’s degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University, an educational specialist degree from Tennessee Tech University, and a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

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