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Spring 2020 Administrative Announcements

January 29, 2020

Several administrative announcements have been made.

Molly C. Willis has been appointed assistant principal at Moore Magnet Elementary School. She has served as the assistant principal at Hazelwood Elementary School since 2016. At Hazelwood, she served as the testing coordinator, STEM lead, and the RTI lead.

She has taught grades kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th over the course of 10 years, serving as an academic coach for 3 years at Minglewood Elementary, and as assistant principal at Hazelwood. Throughout the majority of her career, she has served in schools that are Title 1. Her teaching experience included Rossview Elementary, and schools in Kentucky and Crossville, Tennessee.

Ms. Willis completed the instructional leadership license program from Bethel University; and, she earned her both an M.A. and a B.A. in elementary education from Oakland City University in Indiana.

Nioka “Nikki” Lavigne has been selected as the New Teacher Induction Coordinator for CMCSS. She most recently served as assistant principal at Moore Magnet School.

Prior to serving as a school administrator, she worked as an instructional coach for two years at Barkers Mill Elementary. She has traveled throughout the Mid-Cumberland region to provide professional development to educators regarding instructional strategies, research-based best practices, and pedagogy for teaching Tennessee Mathematical Standards in grades 3-5 as a TDOE Content Coach. Additionally, she has spent time designing, planning, and facilitating professional learning through Standards boot camps with Instruction Partners, a competitive nonprofit organization that provides consultation to school districts in Tennessee, Florida, and Indiana.

She earned her master’s degree in educational leadership at Trevecca Nazarene University and her B.S. in K-6 education from Austin Peay State University. She enrolled in the doctoral program of educational leadership at Austin Peay last fall.

Robin Burton has been selected to head up the Clarksville-Montgomery County Education Foundation as its Executive Director. Ms. Burton most recently was director of marketing for Premiere Speakers Bureau in Franklin. She previously served as director of communications for the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council, overseeing public relations, communications and marketing for the Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Board, Economic Development Council, and Aspire Foundation. 

She worked with the local Chamber and EDC for 10 years in a number of capacities including grant writing and fundraising. She also has experience as an art director, graphic artist, and editor for businesses in Spartanburg, S.C., Norcross, Ga. and Memphis. She earned her B.A. in journalism from the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She is 2014 graduate of Leadership Clarksville.

Lauren Finley has been selected as the new assistant principal for Kenwood Elementary. She replaces Julie Hallums who was named principal at Rossview Middle School. Melinda Harris, principal of Barksdale Elementary, has been selected as a Lead Elementary Principal, filling the position Elementary Schools Director Jessica Harris previously held.

Melinda Harris has 26 years of service in CMCSS with principalships at Barksdale and Ringgold. In addition to her administrative experience, she was an academic coach and a Title I reading specialist.

Ms. Finley has experience as an academic coach, literacy camp administrator and teacher. She earned her M.A. in educational leadership from Austin Peay and a B.S. in elementary education from Murray State University. She completed the CMCSS Aspiring Administrators Academy