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.

Support for New Principals

We know being  a principal is a tough job. As part of the Leadership Pipeline, all first, second, and third 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 and third-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.

2016-2017 Coaches

         Coach                              Principal

Paula Burgner          Shannon Braziel – Hardy Elementary

Karen Day                 Andrea Edmondson – Red Bank Middle

Bob Jenkins              Steve Henry – Soddy Daisy High

Ismahen Kangles     David Carpenter – Brown Middle

Ismahen Kangles     Angie Cass – East Ridge Middle

Susan Kennedy       Vonetta Maston – Hillcrest Elementary

Susan Kennedy        Ruthie Panni – DuPont Elementary

Marvin Lott               Julius Hargrove – Tyner High

Faye Pharr                 Andrea Johnson – Lakeside Academy

Faye Pharr                 Brenda Cothran – Woodmore Elementary

Joanne Smith           Nikki Bailey – Rivermont Elementary

Jean Trohanis           Jeana Johnson – Big Ridge Elementary

Edna Varner             Tiffany Earvin – Orchard Knob Middle

Edna Varner             Arielle Hayes – Dalewood Middle

Bill Winters              Phil Iannarone – Spring Creek Elementary

Bill Winters              Elaine Harper – Red Bank High


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.

National Certified Coaches

NAESP-certified Coaches