Hamilton County Principal Leadership Academy

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has collaborated with the Hamilton County Department of Education, the Public Education Foundation, and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce to develop the Principal Leadership Academy.  The Academy provides a one year leadership program to help develop future leaders in our school system. Each month the program participants will study aspects of leadership with an emphasis on schools.  The initial 14 participants began the leadership experience last month.

The program also has a business mentoring component where area business leaders agree to mentor the aspiring principals in areas of decision-making and solutions.  Each program participant will have the opportunity to learn directly from business leaders and gain insights into the future employment needs in the region to help better prepare the emerging workforce.

Selection of the Executive Director for this Academy followed a National search.  Dr. Godfrey Saunders brings 32 years of experience in education with 13 years as a high school principal.  While leading the largest high school in Bozeman Montana, Dr. Saunders trained emerging principals and helped develop leadership and professional development programs.  His doctoral studies also included a focus on mentoring programs for school principals. Dr. Saunders has been invited to join the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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