Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today the 52 principals who will serve in the inaugural class of the Tennessee Rural Principals Network, one part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Transforming School Leadership Initiative, which is a comprehensive approach to improve the preparation, retention, and development of Tennessee’s principals.
Two principals from Anderson County have been selected: Karri Hobby of Norwood Elementary School, and Beth Roeder of Andersonville Elementary School.
The department is also providing funding for scholarships to support professional development for up to 200 additional rural principals.
Principals in rural schools are often unable to take advantage of leadership development due to the cost of registration and travel and have few networking opportunities to learn from other school leaders.