School Leadership

Great schools require great leaders. Education leaders are identified, developed, and supported through the Leadership Pipeline, a collaboration with Hamilton County Department of Education.

Leadership Fellows

Our year-long, twenty-day Leadership Fellows program is designed to give emerging school leaders in Hamilton County the skills and knowledge needed to participate in decision-making and school improvement. Serving around 30 educators per year, the program involves monthly workshops, job shadowing, school visits, mentoring, study groups, leadership projects, presentations and a portfolio. Leadership Fellows are chosen through a strict selection process by a committee that includes an elementary principal, a secondary principal, an HCDE Director, a PEF Director and a business leader.

Leadership Fellows Overview


The PEF Leadership Fellows Initiative helps educators learn the skills to become good leaders, but it does not guarantee a position of leadership or promotion. The Hamilton County Department of Education selects and places all administrators in schools.

We are proud to welcome the twentieth class of leadership fellows.

LF 20 Cohort: 2018-2019

  • Mary Avans – Lookout Mountain Elementary
  • Courtney Baker – Battle Academy
  • Amanda Baron – Red Bank High
  • Michelle Bettis – East Hamilton M/H
  • Katherine Blake – Normal Park Upper
  • Brittany Brockelbank – STEM School
  • Joli Brown – Ooltewah Middle
  • Leanne Chesney – East Side Elementary
  • Stacey Culver – N. Hamilton County Elementary
  • Brielle Farrow – Central High
  • Beth Fugate – Bradley County Schools
  • David Green – Red Bank Middle
  • Zena Hanner-Buckley – Howard School
  • Sarah Harmer – Soddy Elementary
  • Brandon Hubbard – Heitz-HCDE
  • Jessica Hubbuch – Howard School
  • Erin Kirby – HCDE
  • Brittany Mairena – Clifton Hills Elementary
  • Cheryl McCray – Orchard Knob Middle
  • Alyssa Mincke – Hardy Elementary
  • Claire Mott – Hixson Elementary
  • Michael Pala – Hixson Middle
  • Cherish Reid – E.L. Ross Elementary
  • Brittany Ruise – Brainerd High
  • Ashley Schexnaildre – Westview Elementary
  • Wendy Scruggs – Orchard Knob Elementary
  • Lauren Serio – CSLA
  • Kristi Slack – Polytech Academy
  • Chase Smartt – Valley View Elementary
  • Caroline Souza – McConnell Elementary
  • Patrick Spangler – Bradley Central High
  • Erynn Wheatley Cash – Red Bank Elementary
  • Arthur Williams – Lakeside Academy
  • Sarah Yarbrough – Middle Valley Elementary


Congratulations to the 19th class of Leadership Fellows!

Leadership Fellows is a partnership between PEF and the Hamilton County Department of Education.

For more information on Leadership Fellows contact:

Chitra Chandrasekaran – Coordinator, Leadership Initiative

423.668.2422 •