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Mrs.  Melanie  Simpson
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Principal's Corner

Where the Best Get Better

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I'm Melanie Simpson, and this is my second year as principal of Piedmont Elementary. It is my fourteenth year working as an educator in Jefferson County Schools.  I am an energetic dedicated individual who loves working with children, teachers, and parents.  Piedmont Elementary is an amazing school where we prioritize students and student learning.   I am thrilled to be the principal in such a collaborative, student-centered environment.  Piedmont has a tradition of academic excellence, and we work hard every day to continue that tradition.     

Before coming to Piedmont, I spent nine years as a middle school music and choir teacher at Maury Middle School.  I have spent the last three years traveling between Piedmont, New Market, and Talbott Elementay Schools as a teacher mentor/evaluator (assistant principal).  It was an amazing time of growth as I learned how to apply my strengths to administration and develop a deeper understanding of elementary school.  

I began teaching after graduating from Carson Newman College, which I attended on fine arts and academic scholarships.  I went back to Carson Newman to obtain a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.  I hope to one day add another degree on to this list! 

In the fall of 2016, I was chosen for the 2017 cohort in the Governor’s Academy for School Leaders program (GASL).  This program is a collaborative effort between the Governor’s Office, the Department of Education, and Vanderbilt University.  I travel each month to Nashville for intensive learning and training at Vanderbilt University.  I am one of 25 members in the 2017 cohort.  I also serve as the East Tennessee representative on the board of directors for Tennessee ASCD. 

My husband Steve is an elementary music teacher at East Knox Elementary School in Knox County as well as the Executive Director of Tennessee ASCD.  We have two beautiful daughters both of whom currently attend Piedmont Elementary.  Our daughters keep us very busy! 

The faces of our 410 students at Piedmont Elementary are a constant reminder that the hard work and dedication it takes to run a school is well worth the effort.  Now, you have met the principal of the school "where the best get better."