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.

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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.

Congratulations to the 18th class of Leadership Fellows!

LF18 Cohort


LF 18 Cohort: 2016-2017

  • Caleb Bagby – Central High Mechatronics Akademie
  • Carrie Bishop – Hixson Middle
  • Kirk Campbell – Bradley Central High
  • Ty Campbell – Ooltewah Middle/HCDE
  • Melanie Covert – Middle Valley Elementary
  • Kristina Culberson – Brown Middle
  • Samantha Eaton – Red Bank Elementary
  • Michael Franks – East Hamilton M/H
  • Charhonda Gardner – East Lake Academy
  • Whitney Grant – Barger Academy
  • April Gregorcich – East Lake Elementary
  • Sherry Johnston – Nolan Elementary
  • Rickey Jones – Orchard Knob Middle
  • Cindy Kean – Battle Academy/ Donaldson Elementary
  • Sissy Markum – HCDE
  • Belinda Martin – Signal Mountain M/H
  • Yang Mathews – Signal Mountain M/H
  • David Moore – Brainerd High
  • Heidi Moses – Ooltewah High
  • Giselle Palmer – Barger Academy
  • Sarah Payne – Daisy/Soddy Elementary
  • Lindsay Prater – Hamilton County High
  • Cody Raper – Cleveland Middle
  • Eve Robles – East Ridge Middle
  • Claire Stockman – Red Bank Elementary
  • Tonya Taylor – Bess T. Shepherd Elementary
  • Wendell Weathers – Red Bank High
  • LeAnn Welch – Sale Creek M/H
  • Sara Whitener – Woodmore Elementary
  • Colby Williams – East Hamilton M/H

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 •