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.

2015-2016 Coaches

2015-2016 Coaches

             Coach                                                    Principal

Roni Blankenship       Barbara Shepherd – DuPont Elementary

Paula Burgner               Shannon Braziel – Hardy Elementary

Karen Day                       Andrea Edmondson – Red Bank Middle

Bob Jenkins                   Danny Gilbert – Soddy Daisy High

Ismahen Kangles        Julie Fine – Hixson Elementary

Susan Kennedy            Vonetta Maston – Hillcrest Elementary

Carol Langston             Allyson DeYoung – Ganns-Middle Valley

Marvin Lott                    Julius Hargrove – Tyner High

Angelo Napolitano       Jim Jarvis – Ooltewah High

Faye Pharr                      Andrea Johnson – Lakeside Academy

Faye Pharr                      Gail Huffstutler – East Ridge Elementary

Anna Stallings              Alisan Taylor – Lookout Valley Elementary

Jean Trohanis               Samantha Walter – Daisy Elementary

Nancy Van Prooyen     Tammy Helton – East Ridge High

Edna Varner                  Cherrye Robertson – Donaldson Academy

Bill Winters                    Phil Iannarone – Spring Creek Elementary

Bill Winters                    Jim Boles – CSAS


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