Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Donna Wright announced to the faculties and staff Tuesday afternoon four new principals at the following schools: Lebanon High, Wilson Central High, Tuckers Crossroads Elementary and West Elementary.
Scott Walters was announced as the new principal for Lebanon High School, following the retirement of Myra Sloan.
Travis Mayfield will take the helm at Wilson Central High School as Pat Suddarth will retire at the end of this school year.
Anna Raines will become the new principal for Tuckers Crossroads following Susie Breedwell's retirement.
Current Assistant Principal Chris Plummer at West Elementary will move up to replace Becky Siever, who is leaving to become principal at Byars Dowdy Elementary School in the Lebanon Special School District.
"I am extremely pleased to make these announcements," said Wright. "All candidates were interviewed by a Central Office team, and I feel we have the best possible new leaders for each of these schools as we strive to provide excellence in education for all of our students."
Scott Walters - Lebanon High School
After a year in the Central Office as the Secondary Supervisor of Instruction, Walters will return to a school building as the second principal in the three-year-old campus of Lebanon High School.
"I grew up and spent the first several years of my career in a small town with one large high school. The school and the community were very much intertwined," Walters said.
"I have a great understanding for how the relationship between a high school and its community can be beneficial to students. I look forward to getting back to that in Lebanon."
Walters added that he learned a lot working at the district level, and "I look forward to applying that in my new role."
In his capacity as Secondary Supervisor of Instruction, Walters was in charge of instruction in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Fine Arts and Physical Education in grades 6-12.
Prior to joining the Central Office staff, Walters spent five years at Mt. Juliet High School. From 2009-2011, he taught standard, honors and Advance Placement courses in 11th grade English. From 2011-2014, he served as assistant principal at MJHS. His duties included testing coordinator, AP coordinator, data analysis, school strategic planning and teacher evaluations.
While Walters was at MJHS, the school received the SCORE Award as the "#1 Academic School in Tennessee" in 2011.
Prior to joining the Wilson County School System, Walters was a high school English teacher and boys and girls tennis coach at El Dorado High School in El Dorado, Arkansas.
While working on his bachelor and masters degrees, he was a school bus driver for the Searcy Public School District in Searcy, Arkansas, as well as the El Dorado Public School District, and still holds his Commercial Driver's License with a Class B endorsement.
Walters received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, in 2005, and his Masters in Education Supervision and Administration from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas, in December 2008.
He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
"Scott now has experience at the Central Office level, as well as serving as an assistant principal under Mel Brown at Mt. Juliet, making him extremely qualified to lead Lebanon High School," said Wright.
"He's fired up and ready to be a 'Blue Devil. His knowledge and passion for Lebanon High School was clearly evident in his interview."
Travis D. Mayfield - Wilson Central High School
After being away for five years, Mayfield will return to familiar territory as principal of Wilson Central High School, a position he held from 2006-2010.
In 2010, he accepted the position as assistant principal of Independence High School in the Williamson County Public Schools System to be closer to his twins who were entering their freshman year there.
"Dr. [Todd] Campbell, principal of Independence High, gave me the opportunity to come here five years ago," said Mayfield. "I was able to be here with them all four years while they were in school. It was well worth it."
However, the twins have just finished their freshman year at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Mayfield said he has "a strong affinity for Wilson County, and I wanted to come back and be involved in the system again."
Prior to his first term as principal at WCHS, he served as the Wildcat's assistant principal and athletic director from 2005-06.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to come back to Wilson County and especially Wilson Central High School," Mayfield said. "Being a high school principal is one of the most challenging jobs there is, but also one of the most exciting.
"I'm very much looking forward to becoming a Wildcat again and am ready to get started."
Prior to joining the Wilson County School System in 2005, Mayfield was in education in Oklahoma for 10 years at three different school districts: Bluejacket Public Schools, Vinita Public Schools and Oklahoma Union Public Schools in South Coffeyville.
He received an Associate of Arts in Health and Physical Education from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; his Bachelor of Science in Education from Pittsburg State University; and his Masters of Science in Education from Northeastern State University.
"Travis is coming home to Wilson Central High School after a stint at Independence High School," said Wright. "He was an excellent assistant principal, and I was quite familiar with his accomplishments and work when I was in Williamson County.
"His love for Wilson Central was quite apparent in his interview, and I have no doubt he will continue the great legacy that Pat Suddarth has established."
Anna Raines - Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School
Returning to the school where she started her career as an educator, Raines said she is "very excited about returning to Tuckers Crossroads.
"I spent 13-and-a-half years there. Tuckers Crossroads is a community school, and the relationships you build there are life-long," she said. "I love the students and the parents. Everyone is just great out there."
Raines said she keeps in contact with a lot of the students she had in class there.
"Some of my very first students are enrolling their children there now," she noted. "I'm thankful for the opportunity to go back to somewhere that I think of as home."
She is returning to Tuckers Crossroads after spending a year-and-a-half as assistant principal at Lebanon High School, where she served as Building Test Coordinator, Textbook Coordinator, Teacher Evaluator and Master Schedule Builder. She was also in charge of discipline for students whose last name stated with G-L, as well as others as needed.
Additionally, she served two years - 2012-13 and 2013-14 - as a Common Core Math Coach for the Tennessee Department of Education.
During her years at Tuckers Crossroads, Raines taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade math, as well as Algebra I. She created her own resources to align with the new standards, which were shared with and implemented by colleagues.
She was part of an appointed district-wide leadership team that worked to create a pacing guide, a member of the Textbook Adoption Committee for the district and part of a leadership team formed to create standard-aligned benchmark assessments.
She was the 2005-06 Tuckers Crossroads Teacher of the Year, and in 2010-11 was the only teacher district-wide with 100 percent proficient or advanced on Algebra I End of Course assessment.
"Anna is another educator who is coming 'home,'" Wright said. "She loves the community, the school, and most of all, the boys and girls at Tuckers Crossroads.
"She will do an outstanding job as the new principal!"
Christopher Plummer - West Elementary School
Changing offices will require a simple move down the hall for Plummer when he assumes his position as the new principal at West Elementary School. For the past two years, he has served as assistant principal there.
"This is truly a dream come true to be named the new principal," Plummer said. "I've been at this school for the last three years and seen it grown in size and the services we offer.
"This is the Disneyland job to be able to come to work each and every day and be surrounded by kids whom I can serve in a completely new role."
Plummer said he is looking forward to working with the school's parents, business partners and other stakeholders for West Elementary.
Additionally, Plummer said he's enjoyed building relationships with the faculty and staff over the past few years, "but being able to work alongside them in this new capacity is a great moment for me.
"Our number one goal is to have continued success for our school, and we look forward to the moments of excellence that I know will come in the future."
As assistant principal, Plummer has assisted in the day-to-day administration of up to 680 students. He has supervised and evaluated teachers, developed and maintained curriculum standards, served as the Response to Intervention School Chair, Crisis Management Team Leader and Building Test Coordinator.
He also developed and conducted countywide professional development; maintained and analyzed student performance data and overseen the school-wide asset inventory and safety plan. He is also Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) Restraint certified.
Prior to joining the Wilson County School System in 2012, Plummer was an elementary school teacher at Ross Elementary in Nashville; Ringgold Elementary in Clarksville; Newington Elementary in Summerville, South Carolina; Lewiston Elementary in Evans, Georgia; and Lincoln Trail Elementary in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
He was a Ringgold Elementary School Distinguished Educator Award Finalist, the Newington Elementary PTA Teacher of the Year and Honor Educator, and a Lewiston Teacher of the Year Finalist.
Plummer received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green; his Masters of Education from Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina; and his Master of Education in Elementary Administration and Supervision from Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina.
"Chris is a natural transition for West Elementary," said Wright. "Having served as assistant principal under Becky Siever, he is ready to be the new leader at West Elementary.
"He is so excited and filled with enthusiasm to start as the new principal."