WCS hires new administrators; continues search

Williamson County Schools has welcomed several new executive-level administrative personnel across the district thus far this summer.

Williamson County Schools has welcomed several new executive-level administrative personnel across the district thus far this summer.

Most recently, Jeremy Qualls was named the school district’s new athletic director and physical education specialist. Qualls started Monday.

“Mr. Qualls’ leadership skills, education expertise and experience with extracurricular athletics will be an asset to Williamson County Schools,†Superintendent Mike Looney said in a news release.

Qualls earned his bachelor’s degree in health and human performance from Austin Peay State University, his Master’s in administration and supervision from MTSU and an Education Specialist degree in administration and leadership from Freed Hardeman University.

He is a doctoral candidate at Freed Hardeman University.

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Jeremy Qualls

Qualls began his teaching and coaching career at Northeast High School in Clarksville, Tenn. He taught and coached boys’ basketball in middle and west Tennessee, serving as athletic director at Lexington High School in west Tennessee.

For the past four years, Qualls was principal of Hickman County Middle School.

David Allen was also recently appointed director of the career and technology department at WCS. Allen comes from Heritage Elementary, where he was the school principal.

The career and technical department is charged with ensuring the district’s students are equipped in their education with the knowledge and resources to be competitive in the workplace following graduation.

Looney said he is still interviewing applicants to replace WCS Assistant Superintendent Donna Wright, who was hired as superintendent of Wilson County Schools. Wright came to WCS in 2012.

Looney said the hope is to hire Wright’s replacement before school begins in August, but that remains uncertain.

“We’re not sure. The important thing is finding the right candidate,†Looney said.

There have been several administrative shifts at the school level this year with Brent Oakley, formerly assistant principal at Sunset Elementary for two years, taking over as principal at Fairview Elementary on July 1.

Former Nolensville Elementary Assistant Principal Shannon Robertson was appointed principal this year to Heritage Elementary and started this week.

In Spring Hill, Longview Elementary School welcomed Gabrina Charles as its new principal in June. She worked previously as an assistant principal at Crockett Elementary.

On July 10, Charles is hosting a PTO meet and greet at the school at 6 p.m. to give parents a chance to meet the new principal.

Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for BrentWord Communications. Contact her at jess@brentwoodhomepage.com or follow her on Twitter @Jess_Marie_Pace.

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