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Metro Schools’ Academy at Hickory Hollow Principal Named Simon Youth Foundation’s National Administrator of the Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 28, 2016) – Metro Schools' Academy at Hickory Hollow principal Billy Fellman is the Simon Youth Foundation’s 2016 National Administrator of the Year.

Principal Fellman was honored on Sun., Nov 13 at an awards ceremony in Indianapolis, receiving a crystal plaque and a check for $1,500.

Simon Youth Foundation gives the award annually to a high-­performing educator in its network of 29 academies across the country. These academies are built primarily in Simon shopping malls and help students who were once at-­risk of dropping out of high school return and get their diploma, according to the foundation.

Fellman has served as principal at Simon Youth Academy at Hickory Hollow since 2012, but has spent his entire career serving students in the greater Nashville area.

"Since joining the staff at Hickory Hollow, he has produced more than 1,000 graduates and collaborates with his students’ support network to ensure that those graduates have clear post-­ secondary plans," Simon Youth Foundation said in its award announcement.

Principal Fellman holds a Bachelor’s degree in special education from Tennessee State University, and a Master’s in education leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.

“Billy is a rare administrator whose enthusiasm is contagious. He is able to motivate his staff and students to achieve some incredible results,” Simon Youth Foundation CEO Dr. J. Michael Durnil said. “Even among our extremely talented network of administrators around the country, his passion for his students stands out.’”

For more about the Simon Youth Foundation, visit syf.org.


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