Wilson County Director of Schools Donna Wright hired Stoner Creek Elementary School principal Christine Miller to lead Springdale Elementary School, the district’s newest elementary school, which will open in Mt. Juliet at the beginning of the next school year.
Miller has worked for the district since 1999, when she was hired as a sixth-grade science teacher at Watertown Elementary School. In 2009, Miller was promoted to assistant principal at West Wilson Middle School, where she spent four years before being named principal at Stoner Creek Elementary School.
Wright said Miller has demonstrated herself to be a strong leader, which will be needed as the district launches the new school.
“We have a lot of major staffing decisions to make between now and August that Christine will be an instrumental part of,” Wright said. “Half of the students who’ll be rezoned to Springdale currently attend Stoner Creek. It’s just a fantastic fit.”
March 15 will be Miller’s last day at Stoner Creek. Assistant principal Jennifer Yokom-Brown will remain at the school until the end of the year to assist with the transition and a search begins for a new principal at Stoner Creek. At the beginning of the next school year, Yokom-Brown will assume the role of assistant principal at Springdale Elementary School.
Officials ceremoniously broke ground in November at the new school, which was well under construction at that time at its site on Central Pike.
A portion of students currently zoned for Elzie Patton and Stoner Creek elementary schools will be rezoned to Springdale. The rezoning would only affect these schools, and it will not change zoning for middle or high schools.
The plan would have 537 students who currently attend Stoner Creek and 200 students who currently attend Elzie Patton rezoned to Springdale.
Elzie Patton and Stoner Creek each have an enrollment of about 750, and the rezoning to Springdale is intended to alleviate overcrowding at both schools.
New principal named at Mt. Juliet Middle School
Wright announced last Wednesday she hired Leigh Anne Rainey to be the new principal at Mt. Juliet Middle School.
Wright said Rainey brings a wealth of experience to her new position. From 1997-2009, she taught several subjects, including AP biology and environmental science. In 2009, Rainey was chosen to be the school intervention and response to intervention specialist for Jonesboro High School in Arkansas, where she was later promoted to assistant principal and executive principal. Rainey is currently wrapping up her duties at Jonesboro High School, in preparation for her family’s move to Middle Tennessee next month.
Rainey will replace Tim Bell, who retired as principal at Mt. Juliet Middle School at the beginning of winter break in December.
“We’re thrilled to have Leigh Anne join us,” Wright said. “A lot of tremendous candidates applied for this position, but after our second round of interviews, Leigh Anne clearly emerged as the person who exemplified the qualities and attributes we felt were paramount as the next leader of Mt. Juliet Middle School.”
Rainey is no stranger to Middle Tennessee. She graduated from Franklin High School in Williamson County, where many of her relatives still live.
“My husband and our three children are very excited about this move,” Rainey said. “Our roots have always been in Tennessee, and we’re so happy to finally see that dream realized”
The district will hold a reception for Rainey on Feb. 20, where she’ll be formally introduced to her staff and members of the community.
Bell joined Wilson County Schools in 1987, when he taught health and physical education at Mt. Juliet Middle School.
He served as assistant principal, varsity baseball and varsity basketball coach at Mt. Juliet High School. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University.