BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
Mike Kinnard has been announced to be serving as the assistant principal for the new Battle Creek Middle School in Spring Hill, which is scheduled to open later this year.
Kinnard will also serve as the school’s athletic director, and will assume the roles starting this summer before the school opens on August 1.
With more than 30 years of education experience, Kinnard currently serves as the assistant principal and athletic director for Spring Hill Middle School, with 14 of those years of experience spent serving schools in Maury County.
“My work in Spring Hill brings me such reward – I just love working with students, teachers and all our supporters,” Kinnard said in a statement. “I am eager to start my new duties at Battle Creek and glad that I’ll see many of my current students there. It’ll be a plus for me to get to stay connected to sports. I’ve seen the value that being part of a team brings to students,”
More than 500 students are slated to attend the new school this fall, many being current students attending Spring Hill Middle School. The new school will also have a variety of TMSAA sanctioned sports, as well as academic, artistic and interest-driven clubs.
Principal of Spring Hill Middle School, Will Penner, said he believed Kinnard to be an outstanding choice for the new school, and that his past experience proves as much.
“What an exciting time for our district and our Spring Hill families,” Penner said. “Mike is truly invested in this community, and he brings a wealth of experience and wisdom. We both understand that kids aren’t just students or athletes – they’re people. We share a common desire to educate the whole child and that means emotionally, socially and culturally.”
Kinnard is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University, and holds both a bachelor of science degree in education with a focus on brain-based instruction and a master of science degree in curriculum and instruction.