Maury County Public Schools Welcomes New Assistant Principals

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Maury County Public Schools introduces the new assistant principals

Mrs. Jill Parks – Culleoka Unit School

Maury County Public Schools welcomes Mrs. Jill Parks to Culleoka Unit School as their assistant principal. Mrs. Parks began teaching in Marshall County in 2008, and in 2013 Parks moved to Marvin Wright Elementary, then Culleoka in 2015. In 2021 Parks became the K-6 School-Based Data Professional Learning Communities Analytics Coach. Parks has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Agriculture from TN Tech, a master’s degree in education, and a specialist in education from MTSU.

Upon being hired as the AP at Culleoka, Parks stated, “I have enjoyed teaching and building relationships with the students and faculty of Culleoka Unit School over the last seven years. I am honored to join this administration team and excited to have the opportunity to serve the students and staff in this new role. This community is a great place to be!”

Mr. Philip Pelkey – Mt. Pleasant High School

Maury County Public Schools welcomes Mr. Philip Pelkey to Mt. Pleasant High School as assistant principal. Mr. Pelkey graduated in 2006 from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s in Science and Education and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Leadership from Bethel University in 2012.

Pelkey’s education career started at Page Middle School, then Centennial High School. Pelkey is the father of 5 children (ages 29,27,23,15, and 13).

Pelkey shared, “I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to come be part of this amazing school and community and work alongside Mr. Hughes and the fantastic, dedicated staff and students at Mount Pleasant High School.”

Ms. Sonya Cathey – Columbia Central High School

Maury County Public Schools would like to welcome Ms. Sonya Cathey to Columbia Central High School as one of the assistant principals. Ms. Cathey graduated from Hampshire Unit School in 1989, received an A. S. from Columbia State Community College, a B. S. from Middle Tennessee State University, and two M.Ed’s in Curriculum & Instruction and Administration & Supervision from the University of Pheonix.

Ms. Cathey taught reading and science at EA Cox and math at Culleoka Unit School. She has also served as Academic Facilitator at Culleoka Unit School. As an administrator, Ms. Cathey has served as principal at Horace O. Porter School in Maury Co, a middle school principal in Milan Special School District, an elementary principal in Marshall County Schools, and a principal at Hampshire Unit School. Ms. Cathey has also worked for the Tennessee Department of Education as an Educational Consultant.

Ms. Cathey stated, “I am excited for the opportunity Superintendent Ventura has given me to work with the faculty and staff at Columbia Central High School to assist every student with achieving greatness and reaching their potential!”

Mrs. Nielle Fowkles Tunia – Battle Creek Elementary School

Maury County Public Schools would like to welcome Mrs. Nielle Fowkles Tunia to Battle Creek Elementary as assistant principal. Ms. Tunia has an impressive career with Maury County Schools. Mrs. Tunia has worked at Randolph Howell Elementary, McDowell Elementary, Baker Elementary, Riverside Elementary, and most recently as assistant principal at Joseph Brown Elementary.

Mrs. Tunia received her bachelor’s degree from UT Martin, her master’s degree at Walden University, and an Instructional Leadership Licensure Program from Bethel University.

Mrs. Tunia stated, “I am excited to join the Battle Creek Elementary Cub Crew as Assistant Principal. I am eager to support teachers and staff with their focus on innovation, the design process, and problem-based learning. I look forward to building relationships and collaborating with the school community to help prepare students for success.”

Dr. Rose McClain – Hampshire Unit School

Maury County Public Schools would like to welcome Dr. Rose McClain to Hampshire Unit School as assistant principal. Dr. McClain became an Educator and Guidance Counselor at Whitthorne Middle, then joined the Columbia Central High School, administrative team. Dr. McClain has over 40 years of dedicated service to our students, parents, teachers, and stakeholders here in Maury County.

Dr. McClain holds an Associate of Science, Bachelors of Science, Master’s Degree in Special Education (EDS), Educational Specialist Degree, and a Doctorate Degree from Nova South Eastern University.

Ms. Jennifer Jones – Brown Elementary School

Maury County Public Schools would like to welcome Jennifer Jones to Brown Elementary School as assistant principal. Mrs. Jones has been an educator since 2007, starting at Wright Elementary, then Mt Pleasant Elementary in 2012. Mrs. Jones served as the Title I Facilitator and Interventionist at Mt Pleasant during the 21-22 school year.

Mrs. Jones grew up in Lincoln County, TN, and received her Bachelor of Science in Education from MTSU. She continued her education through Arkansas State University and received a Master of Arts in Educational Theory and Practice in 2013 and an Educational Specialist degree in Leadership in 2019. Mrs. Jones has served Maury County Public Schools in many areas over the years, including being a PBL/STEM coach, serving on curriculum committees, and being a teacher mentor.

Mrs. Jones stated, “I am honored to be selected as the new assistant principal of Joseph Brown Elementary. JBES has over 50 years of history in our school district, and I am proud to become a part of the rich tradition the school has in serving the students of our district. I look forward to a great year.”

Ms. Kassi Fox – Spring Hill Middle School

Maury County Public Schools welcomes Ms. Kassi Fox as assistant principal at Spring Hill Middle School. Ms. Fox holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, and Fox received her Educational Specialist degree in Instruction and Curriculum in 2019.

Ms. Fox has taught at Memphis City and Williamson County schools, then joined the Spring Hill Middle staff with Maury County Schools.

Ms. Fox shared, “I am absolutely elated to join Ms. Sparrow in leading the amazing staffulty at Spring Hill Middle. From the moment I was hired at SHMS, it immediately felt like home.”

Dr. Julianne Teap – Columbia Central High School

Maury County Public Schools welcomes Dr. Julianne Teap to Columbia Central High School as one of their assistant principals. Dr. Teap began her teaching career with Metro Nashville Public Schools at Bailey STEM Magnet and Stratford STEM Magnet Lower Campus. In 2017, Dr. Teap moved to Williamson County School district.

Dr. Teap has a bachelor’s degree from MTSU., an M.Ed in Instructional Practices from Lipscomb University, and Doctorate in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change from Lipscomb University.

Dr. Teap stated, “I am super excited and honored to be chosen to work with the faculty and staff at Columbia Central High School. I look forward to helping each student achieve their highest potential and excel in academic growth.”

Dr. Drew Norman – Columbia Central High School

Maury County Public Schools welcomes Dr. Drew Norman as assistant principal at Columbia Central High School. Dr. Norman is a 2004 graduate of Columbia Central High School. Dr. Norman began working at CHS in January of 2010. At CHS, Norman served as the head boys soccer coach, social studies department head, and the Advanced Placement US History teacher. At the end of the 2020-21 school year, Norman transferred to Whitthorne, where he served as an 8th-grade history teacher and Spring Athletic Director. Dr. Norman moved back to CHS on March 23, 2022, and joined as the assistant principal and building testing coordinator. “I am excited to be a part of the leadership team at the place that I call home and help make CHS the best it can be,” stated Dr. Norman.

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