Leadership Fellows

Designed to give emerging school leaders the skills and knowledge needed to lead in decision-making and school improvement processes

empowering the next generation of leaders

This year-long, twenty-day Leadership Fellows program is designed to give emerging school leaders in Hamilton County the skills and knowledge needed to participate in decision-making and school improvement. Serving around 30 educators per year, the program involves monthly workshops, job shadowing, school visits, mentoring, study groups, leadership projects, presentations and a portfolio. Leadership Fellows are chosen through a strict selection process by a committee that includes HCS Directors, HCS elementary and secondary principals, PEF Directors and Business Leaders.

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Participants are selected by a committee of HCS Directors, PEF Directors, and Business Leaders.

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The PEF Leadership Fellows Initiative helps educators learn the skills to become good leaders, but it does not guarantee a position of leadership or promotion. The Hamilton County Department of Education selects and places all administrators in schools.

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21st Class of Leadership Fellows

  • Ashley Ashworth - Ooltewah Elementary
  • Candace Baggett - Lookout Valley Elementary
  • Stephanie Beard - East Brainerd Elementary
  • Emily Brace - Hardy Elementary
  • Christy Bundy - HCS
  • Michael Caraccio - Sale Creek M/H
  • Michele Careathers - Dalewood Middle
  • Missy Carter - Ooltewah Elementary
  • Breckan Duckworth - HCS
  • Cora Fisher - Clifton Hills Elementary
  • Jill Hall - Daisy Elementary
  • Stephanie Hannah - Woodmore Elementary
  • Rosa Heintz - Tyner Middle Academy
  • Ian Hockenberry - Wolftever Elementary
  • Stacy Ivey - Apison Elementary
  • David Jackson - Brown Middle
  • Stephanie Jones – Oak Grove Elementary
  • Jeanne Manley – Signal Mountain M/H
  • Christy Manton - Orchard Knob Middle
  • Autum McCamish - CSAS Upper
  • Adam Moss - E.L. Ross & D.P. Yates Elementary
  • Mandi Munn - Red Bank High
  • Courtney Myers - Hillcrest Elementary
  • Kali O’Neal - East Ridge Elementary
  • Christina Oliver - Bess T. Shepherd Elementary
  • Bailey Payne - East Hamilton M/H
  • Casey Price - Blythe-Bower Elementary
  • Lori Riad - Taylor Elementary
  • Sarah Rivkin - Brown Academy
  • Kristin Robertson - Signal Mountain M/H
  • Kimberly Staton - East Brainerd Elementary
  • Jeannette Tippett - Brainerd High
  • Heather Townley - East Ridge Elementary
  • Mandi Tuskan - Barger Academy
  • Carmen Wilson - East Lake Academy

Congratulations to 20th Class of Leadership Fellows

Leadership Fellows Cohort 19
  • Mary Avans – Lookout Mountain Elementary
  • Courtney Baker – Battle Academy
  • Amanda Baron – Red Bank High
  • Michelle Bettis – HCS
  • Katherine Blake – Normal Park Upper
  • BrittanyBrockelbank – STEM School
  • Joli Brown – Ooltewah Middle
  • Leanne Chesney – DuPont Elementary
  • Stacey Culver – N. Hamilton County Elementary
  • Brielle Farrow – Central High
  • Beth Fugate –Bradley County Schools
  • David Green – RedBank Middle
  • ZenaHanner-Buckley – Howard School
  • Sarah Harmer – Soddy Elementary
  • Brandon Hubbard-Heitz – HCS
  • Jessica Hubbuch – Howard School
  • Erin Kirby – HCS
  • Brittany Mairena – Clifton Hills Elementary
  • Cheryl McCray – Orchard Knob Middle
  • Alyssa Mincke – Hardy Elementary
  • Claire Mott – Hixson Elementary
  • Michael Pala – Hixson Middle
  • Cherish Reid – E.L. Ross Elementary
  • Brittany Ruise – Brainerd High
  • Ashley Schexnaildre – Westview Elementary
  • Wendy Scruggs – Orchard Knob Elementary
  • Lauren Serio – CSLA
  • Kristi Slack – Polytech Academy
  • Chase Smartt – Howard Connect Academy
  • Caroline Souza – McConnell Elementary
  • Patrick Spangler – Bradley Central High
  • Erynn Wheatley Cash – Donaldson Elementary
  • Arthur Williams – Lakeside Academy
  • Sarah Yarbrough – Middle Valley Elementary

Leadership Fellows is a partnership between PEF and the Hamilton County Department of Education.

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