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Great schools require great leaders. Education leaders are identified, developed, and supported through the Leadership Pipeline, a collaboration with Hamilton County Department of Education.
We know being a principal is a tough job. As part of the Leadership Pipeline, all first and second year principals are paired with a successful, retired principal who has been extensively trained to coach these new principals. Each principal coach spends at least one full day a week with first-year principals providing support and advice and is also “on-call” around the clock. Second year principals and their coaches organize their own meeting schedule, but spend a minimum of 20 days together throughout the year. The coaches come together on a regular basis to collaborate and share what’s working, solve problems, and learn best practices.
Paula Burgner Dionne Upton – Woodmore Elementary
Steve Holmes Mary Catherine Gatlin – Loftis Middle
Steve Holmes Dawn Lim – Ooltewah Middle
Steve Holmes Carrie Willmore – Normal Park
Reuben Justice Christy Drake – East Ridge Middle
Ismahen Kangles Juan Moreno – East Ridge Elementary
Susan Kennedy* Jill Evans – Rivermont Elementary
Susan Kennedy* Jeff Paulson – Thrasher Elementary
Penny Leffew Lee Ziegler – Daisy Elementary
Penny Leffew Ursula Greene – Hixson Elementary
Faye Pharr* Kristy Dillard – Spring Creek Elementary
Faye Pharr* Greg Wilkey – East Side Elementary
Joanne Smith Roxanne Anthony – Barger Academy
Joanne Smith Robin Bambrey – Hardy Elementary
Joanne Smith Lindsay Starnes – Clifton Hills Elementary
Jean Trohanis Debbie Caudle – Westview Elementary
Jean Trohanis Jesse Goins – Battle Academy
Edna Varner* Gerald Harris – Tyner Academy
Edna Varner* Christopher James – Brainerd High
*NAESP Nationally Certified Coaches
Rather than simply pairing a new principal with a coach and hoping for the best, all the coaches participate in an intensive, three day training camp designed by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and delivered by national trainers. The training camp focuses on developing the key skills coaches need to have to improve the performance of new principals.
Seven of the coaches have gone through NAESP’s eight month program in order to earn a national certification- more than any other district in the nation. Their additional work not only increases the skills of these seven coaches, it also ensures that we have the capacity to train future coaches.