Mason Bellamy Appointed to Serve as Chief of Academics and Schools for MNPS
Dr. Adrienne Battle has appointed Dr. Mason Bellamy to serve as the Chief of Academics and Schools for MNPS. A veteran educator and administrator in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, Dr. Bellamy will oversee the academic and school support programs for Metro Schools.
“The Chief of Academics and Schools is going to play a critical role in our district as we embark upon the most unique and challenging school year the district has ever faced,” said Dr. Battle. “Dr. Bellamy brings a new perspective to MNPS - but with a deep understanding of operating a large school district in the Tennessee environment. His leadership experience at every level of CMCSS will serve Nashville and Davidson County's students and families well as we seek to achieve and enhance academic excellence at every school through strong curriculum and school support.”
A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Master’s in Teaching and a Doctorate in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University, Dr. Bellamy has enjoyed a 15-year career with the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. Beginning his career in elementary education as a teacher, assistant principal, and then principal, Dr. Bellamy joined the district leadership in 2014 as Director of Services for Exceptional Students, managing and evaluating special education programs throughout the district, while also serving as the principal for Kenwood Middle School. He later went on to serve as Director of Elementary Schools for the district, helping 19 of 23 eligible schools earn Reward status from the state of Tennessee, before taking on his current position as Director of High Schools in 2019.
“I’m grateful to Dr. Battle for the opportunity to take the lessons learned through my experience in Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools and apply them here to support the students and staff of Metro Schools,” said Dr. Bellamy. “Providing a high-quality education to all students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is going to prove a difficult challenge for school districts of every size around the country. I hope that together we can make MNPS a model of excellence to show how we can balance the health and safety of all while improving academic outcomes for the students we serve.”
The Chief of Academics and Schools combines the previous roles of the Chief Academic Officer and Associate Superintendents into one position. Dr. Battle consolidated the positions as part of her central office reorganization, which saved the district $1 million. In this role, Dr. Bellamy will oversee the academic and learning programs of MNPS, which include curriculum and instruction, exceptional education, English learners, and career and technical education.
Dr. Bellamy will also be responsible for overseeing all district-run schools in MNPS except those priority schools that are under the supervision of the Office of School Innovation, led by Dr. Sharon Griffin. He will supervise 12 executive directors who work daily with principals to support and advise on improving academic outcomes and workplace cultures. His first day will be July 20.
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