September 16, 2019
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Lauren Richmond, who has served as the CMCSS Coordinated School Health Supervisor for the last four years, has been named to the new position of Safety and Health Coordinator. This grant-funded position will be responsible primarily for the management of the Safe Schools Act Grant and the $1.7 million budget; one of the master users of the security operations center; and, the proficiency of district camera system, to include camera storage optimization.
Also, in order to implement the new state law addressing threat assessment teams in schools, this position will be responsible for the implementation and management of the threat assessment teams that will develop comprehensive intervention-based approaches to prevent violence, manage reports of potential threats, and create a system that fosters a safe, supportive, and effective school environment. This position will also serve in roles within all Safety and Health Department programs, to include leading special projects and serve as back up to the Safety and Health Director.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Austin Peay, with additional CMCSS experience as an On the Job injury specialist and in the CMCSS Technology Department.
Ashlie Perry has been selected as principal at Minglewood Elementary School, replacing Jessica Harris who was named director of elementary schools. Perry has been serving as assistant principal at Minglewood.
She served as a fourth-grade teacher at Liberty Elementary, an academic coach at Norman Smith Elementary, and a fourth-grade teacher at Minglewood. She earned her Ed. S. in educational leadership from Austin Peay, where she also earned her master’s in teaching. She received a B.S. in child development from Middle Tennessee State University.
Jessica Harris, who has 18 years of academic experience in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, has been tapped as the Director of the 24 elementary schools. Ms. Harris currently serves as principal of Minglewood Elementary School. She previously served as principal at Byrns Darden Elementary and Hazelwood Elementary Schools. Her teaching experience was at West Creek and Kenwood Elementary Schools.
She earned her master’s in educational leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University and a M.A. in education from Cumberland University. She holds a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies from Austin Peay State University. She was named a statewide finalist for principal of the year this week by the State Department of Education. She represents the Mid Cumberland region of Middle Tennessee.
Dr. LeJoia VanHook has been selected as assistant principal for Kenwood High School, where she has served as an academic coach. Prior experience includes being an instructional coach with Teach for America and a teacher at Una Elementary in Nashville. She has six years of educational experience.
Dr. VanHook earned her doctorate of education in organizational leadership from Argosy University, and her administrative license endorsement from Lipscomb University. She has a master of arts in training and development from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a B.A. in psychology and Spanish from Fisk University in Nashville.
Dr. Paine has served as director of curriculum and instruction for grades 9-12 since March 2013. Prior CMCSS experience included being an academic coach at Northeast High School, a secondary literacy coach and READ180 coordinator, as well as freshman academy coordinator. Outside of CMCSS, Dr. Paine was an English teacher and literacy coach at Gila Ridge High School in Yuma, Az. and worked as an elementary teacher in Fayetteville, N.C. She earned her Ed.D. in learning organizations and strategic change from Lipscomb University; her M.Ed. in English education from the University of Georgia; and a B.A. in elementary education from Clemson University.
Dr. Bellamy has served as director of elementary schools overseeing 24 schools and 4 lead principals since 2015. He previously oversaw all elementary and secondary supports of special education services for CMCSS as director of special populations. He also has school administrative experience, serving as principal at Kenwood Middle and Hazelwood and assistant principal at West Creek Elementary. He began his educational career teaching at Sango Elementary. He has been with CMCSS for 15 years. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University and is a 2017 graduate of the Tennessee School Boards Association Prospective Superintendents Academy.
Mr. Parker has been assistant principal and STEM Academy administrator at Kenwood High School since August 2015. Previously, he was academic coach at Kenwood High, West Creek High, and Northwest High from 2013-2015. He has four years of teaching experience at Kenwood High, beginning his teaching career with CMCSS in 2007. He also has experience teaching at West Creek Middle. He holds a B.S. in history education from Austin Peay State University, and an M.Ed. in School Administration from Sam Houston State University.
Ashley Forsythe Karch has been selected as assistant principal and interventionist for Burt Elementary School. She most recently served as dean of students at Cheatham County Central High School. Her prior experience in CMCSS was as academic coach at Clarksville and Montgomery Central High Schools. She also has been an English teacher at Clarksville and Sycamore High Schools.
She earned her M.A. in educational leadership from Austin Peay State University and a B.A. in English and allied language arts from Western Kentucky University. She completed the CMCSS Aspiring Administrators Academy in 2016.