Wilson County Director of Schools Donna Wright tapped two new principals and one assistant principal Tuesday at two different schools.
Bethany Wilson, assistant principal at West Wilson Middle School, was named principal at Gladeville Middle School when it opens next fall.
Also, Donna Shaffer removed the interim from her principal’s title at Watertown Elementary School, according to Wright. Angela Pulley, a longtime teacher and administrator, replaced Shaffer as assistant principal.
Wilson has worked for the district for more than eight years. She was hired in 2010 as an English teacher for Wilson Central High School. In 2015, Wilson was named assistant principal at West Wilson Middle School.
Prior to coming to Wilson County, Wilson served as an English teacher for Franklin Road Academy and Metro Nashville Public Schools.
As a 2017 graduate of the Governor’s Academy of School Leadership, Wilson will be an asset to Gladeville Middle School, Wright said.
“It is a great honor to be selected to serve as the first principal of Gladeville Middle School,” Wilson said. “I am excited for the opportunity to work alongside teachers, parents and students to establish a learning environment where students are our focus, and academic excellence is our main pursuit.”
Wilson will start her new position Jan. 3, and a search will begin for her replacement at West Wilson Middle School.
Wright described Shaffer as a seasoned educator with more than two decades of experience as a teacher and administrator in the Lebanon Special School District.
Wilson County Schools hired Shaffer as assistant principal at Watertown Elementary School, and she served in that capacity until Sept. 25, when she was named interim principal due to former principal Anita Christian’s unexpected retirement. Shaffer was previously assistant principal at Castle Heights Elementary School, a position she held for several years.
“I’m honored that Dr. Wright has entrusted me with guiding the direction of Watertown Elementary. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these students over the past four months, and I look forward to working with the dedicated staff to continue providing a strong educational foundation for them in the years to come.”
Pulley has worked for the district since July 2008, when she was hired to be a teacher at Southside School. In 2017, Pulley was promoted to assistant principal at Southside. Prior to her work in Wilson County Schools, Pulley was a prekindergarten teacher.