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For two weeks in late October and early November, several Metro Schools opened their doors to about 20 Chinese principals and education leaders from the Guangdong Province in South China. The delegation was the eighth cohort of participants for the Education Leadership Learning Exchange (ELLE), a collaborative partnership between Vanderbilt University, South China Normal University, and Metro Nashville Public Schools. 

Click 'Read More' to see photos from their visit.


Congratulations to Cheryl D. Mayes, the Metro Nashville Board of Education representative for District 6, on her election as 2012-13 Board Chair. Anna Shepherd, District 4 representative, was elected Vice Chair.  Both were unanimous.

 Cheryl D. Mayes

 Anna Shepherd

 Cheryl D. Mayes, Chair, District 6

 Anna Shepherd, Vice Chair, District 4



High honors came for two of the district's principals this summer. Dr. Nancy Meador, principal of Madison Middle School, was elected President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Not long after, Ruby Major Elementary principal Teresa Dennis was chosen to serve on the NAESP Board of Directors!

These are high national honors for Ms. Dennis and Dr. Meador, so a big, hearty congratulations to them both! They will serve NAESP and represent our district well.


Dr. Nicole Cobb will bring her educational counseling expertise to Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools as the new director of school counseling services. Cobb, the former director of the Center for School Climate at the Tennessee Department of Education, will take the place of Dr. Ann Cumbie.

"I am very excited to join the Metro Schools team,” said Cobb. "I believe Metro Schools is leading the state in innovative strategies that include promoting the value of school counselors as leaders in school reform, student achievement and college readiness.”

Cobb graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a bachelor’s of science degree in Elementary Education and a master’s of art and specialist degree in Educational Psychology. Cobb has earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Tennessee.

Prior to joining Metro Schools, Cobb taught language arts and worked as a school counselor for seven years in Putnam County School district and later worked at the Tennessee Department of Education. While director of the Center for School Climate, Cobb led the state initiative to include school climate as part of the overall reform agenda in 26 Tennessee school districts. Under her leadership, the Center reached 100,000 Tennessee youth and sought to improve school learning environments, student achievement, and postsecondary access and persistence rates.

Cobb has also partnered with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Office of P-16 Initiatives on numerous projects including CollegeforTN.org and the yearly School Counselor Institute. In addition, Cobb has experience working on policy, assessment, evaluation, and educational reform initiatives at the national level for Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ.

Cobb has served on several national and state committees including National Teacher Leader Standards, ACT policy council, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network and the Council of Children’s Mental Health.


Edwin Santiago, music teacher at McKissack Middle School, has been named the 2012 Edwina Hefner Community Leadership Award winner. The award is given each year by the Nashville Symphony in conjunction with the Regions "Let Freedom Sing" concert that honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Santiago is the fifth recipient of the annual award. His passion for music education was the root of his nomination and selection. To read more about Santiago and his new title, click here.

Edwin Santiago
Edwin Santiago - Picture courtesy of



Council Lady Gilmore at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary

The first grade classes at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet learned how to be leaders in their community with the help of Council Lady of District 19 Erica Gilmore. Council Lady Gilmore was a part of “Wow, America,” a program through which she speaks to students about voting, citizenship, and how to make their community better.


She is a true "pioneer" when it comes to helping students overcome obstacles and achieve success, and Saturday, August 13, 2011, Dr. Susan Kessler was honored for her efforts. At the 8th annual Educational Equal Opportunity Group (EEOG) Fundraising Gala, the Hunters Lane High School Principal received the Pioneer Award for her service in education and her visionary leadership. Congratulations, Dr. Kessler!


Clint Wilson, most recently the assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at Antioch High, will assume the executive principal role at Glencliff High. Previous administrative positions within the district include assistant principal at Wright Middle and Stratford High.

Wilson also spent two years as principal of Lebanon High School, during which time he increased the graduation rate by 7.4%, raised four of five TVAAS areas, and earned a $35,000 grant from AT&T for the school¹s freshman academy. He also served as a member of the implementation team for small learning communities in MNPS and is a graduate of the Principal¹s Leadership Academy of Nashville in 2005.

Other professional experience includes presenting at the national small learning communities conference this past June where he presented on designing an academy based master schedule, the implementation of effective professional learning communities, and the utilization of community support and resources. He has also led past professional development on data driven instruction, rigor in the classroom, and using common core standards to raise benchmark scores.

He plans on building on the many successes that Glencliff has experienced in the last several years and to bring a strong focus on transforming teaching and learning.


Tony Majors, the 2011 Metro Nashville Public Schools High School Principal of the Year, is taking on a new challenge. Effective immediately, Majors will move from principal at Glencliff High School to serve as the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, a position formerly held by Ralph M. Thompson who has retired. Check out the video and hear his plans after the jump.

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