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MNPS Names Michelle Springer to Interim Southeast Quadrant Post

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – (May 2, 2019) – Metro Schools announced today that Dr. Michelle Springer will serve as Community Superintendent for the Southeast Quadrant. She will take on the role in an interim capacity previously held by Dr. Adrienne Battle, MNPS interim director of schools. Springer will also continue to support her network of schools in the Cane Ridge Cluster and Antioch Cluster.

“I have worked with Michelle over the last two years while she managed schools across the Cane Ridge Cluster. I am familiar with her level of commitment and attention-to-detail in supporting schools, staff and handling a multitude of responsibilities in learning and professional environments,” Battle said. “I am confident she will continue building on student achievement and supporting professional development efforts and community engagement in one of our district’s most diverse quadrants.”

Springer brings nearly 20 years of experience to the role. She has served in all four of the district’s quadrants in some capacity, including as a teacher, special education coach, instructional facilitator, assistant principal, principal and principal supervisor. As Executive Director of School Support and Improvement, she worked to build the capacity of quadrant leaders by ensuring school leaders were equipped, had high expectations and were prepared to implement best practices to move the need on student outcomes. 

As a principal, she leveraged her experience to turnaround a struggling priority school from a level 1 in academic growth (lowest) to a level 5 (highest) in one school year. This work sparked the debate at the state level resulting in legislative changes that exclude priority schools from being taken over by the state if performing at a level 4 or 5.

“It has been an honor to serve MNPS students, families and employees in the Southeast Quadrant,” Springer said. “I would like to thank Dr. Battle for her leadership, and I appreciate her extending to me an opportunity to continue the work she started. I look forward to elevating the work in this new role.”

Springer earned a bachelor’s in special education, a master’s and education specialist degrees in administration and supervision, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. She is the recipient of several honors including “Teacher of the Year” and “Principal of the Year.” 



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