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Principals Appointed at Byrns Darden, Hazelwood

Please note: This article was originally published on 11/3/2016. Information and/or dates from past events may be not be relevant for the current school year.

Jessica Harris, who has served as principal at Hazelwood Elementary School for three years, has been appointed to the Byrns Darden principalship, replacing Andy Lyons who has accepted another position overseas.


Cynthia Rogers, currently assistant principal at Hazelwood, will take on the leadership role at that school. 


Harris earned her master’s degree in educational leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University, an M.A. in education from Cumberland University, and a B.S. In interdisciplinary studies from Austin Peay State University.  


Prior to becoming Hazelwood’s principal, she served as  assistant principal at Hazelwood, as well as an academic coach and elementary school teacher. She has been with CMCSS since 2001.  Under her leadership, Hazelwood was named the 2015 National Title I Distinguished School for Achievement in Tennessee. Hazelwood also was named a state Reward School for achievement and progress in 2013-14 and for achievement in 2014-15. “ I am so excited to work with the students and staff at Byrns Darden! I  am extremely grateful for the opportunity and can't wait to be part of the school and community,” Harris commented.

Rogers, who served with Harris at Hazelwood since 2014, earned her master’s in educational leadership from Trevecca and a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies from Austin Peay.  


Her experience includes serving as an academic coach and teaching at Norman Smith, West Creek and Kenwood Elementary Schools. She has been with CMCSS since 2003.


"I am honored to lead Hazelwood Elementary School. We have an amazing faculty and staff that truly cares for students. I look forward to continuing the excellent work for our students and community,” Rogers commented.