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.

Principal Leadership Academy

Being a principal isn’t easy. It’s comparable to being the CEO of a good sized business, and a good principal is important for the success of a school, its teachers and its students. The Principal Leadership Academy is an intensive, year-long program to train, mentor and prepare our future principal leaders. The topics covered range from management and finance to human resources and external development. Additionally, every aspiring principal is paired with a mentor from the business community.

We are proud to welcome the ninth class of aspiring principals to the Principal Leadership Academy!


  • Jim David – STEM School
  • Jasmine Farrow – East Side Elementary
  • Sarah Lane – Brown Academy
  • Martha McMillan – East Lake Elementary
  • Donnie Mullins – Ooltewah High
  • Kimberly Pringle – Snow Hill Elementary
  • Tyler Rich – East Ridge High
  • Tonya Rose – Hardy Elementary
  • Jessie Schmid – Ooltewah Elementary
  • Elias Smith – Brown Middle
  • Valerie Smith – Red Bank Elementary


Congratulations to eighth cohort of Principal Leadership Academy graduates

  • Robin Bambrey – Hardy Elementary
  • Christy Drake – East Ridge Middle
  • Jill Evans – Rivermont Elementary
  • Jesse Goins – Battle Academy
  • Monica Gordon – Red Bank High
  • Gerald Harris – Tyner Academy
  • Fannie Moore – Thrasher Elementary
  • Juan Moreno – East Ridge Elementary
  • Jenna Ormsby – CSLA
  • Glenn Perry – Brainerd High
  • Jane Phillips – East Brainerd Elementary
  • Shelley Pritchard – Signal Mountain M/H
  • Valery Taylor – East Ridge High
  • Carrie Willmore – Normal Park
  • Lee Ziegler – Daisy Elementary

The Principal Leadership Academy is a partnership between PEF, Hamilton County Department of Education, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

For more information on Principal Leadership Academy contact:

Bill Kennedy Director

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