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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, 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.
Paula Burgner Dionne Upton – Woodmore Elementary
Karen Day Andrea Edmondson – Red Bank Middle
Steve Holmes Elaine Harper– Red Bank High
Bob Jenkins Steve Henry – Soddy Daisy High
Ismahen Kangles David Carpenter – Brown Middle
Ismahen Kangles Angie Cass – East Ridge Middle
Susan Kennedy Jeff Paulson – Thrasher Elementary
Susan Kennedy Ruthie Panni – DuPont Elementary
Susan Kennedy Vonetta Maston – Hillcrest Elementary
Faye Pharr Megan Bray – Calvin Donaldson Elementary
Joanne Smith Lindsay Starnes – Clifton Hills 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
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.