Leigh Anne Rainey, a high school administrator in Arkansas, has been named the new principal at Mt. Juliet Middle School, Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright announced Wednesday.
According to a statement issued by Wilson County Schools, Rainey taught everything from AP Biology to environmental science from 1997 until 2009, when she was chosen to be the school intervention/RTI specialist at Jonesboro High School in Arkansas. Rainey was later promoted to assistant principal and executive principal at the 9-12 high school where, according to U.S. News & World Report, the total enrollment stands at 1,068 students.
Rainey is currently wrapping up her duties at Jonesboro High School as her family prepares to relocate to Middle Tennessee next month.
"We're thrilled to have Leigh Anne join us," Wright said. "A lot of tremendous candidates applied for this position, but after our second round of interviews, Leigh Anne clearly emerged as the person who exemplified the qualities and attributes we felt were paramount as the next leader of Mt. Juliet Middle School."
Rainey is no stranger to Middle Tennessee, having graduated from Franklin High School in Williamson County, where many of her relatives still live.
"My husband and our three children are very excited about this move," Rainey said. "Our roots have always been in Tennessee, and we're so happy to finally see that dream realized."
Wilson County Schools plans to host a reception for Rainey on Feb. 20, when she will be formally introduced to her staff and members of the community.