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MNPS Names New Executive Officer of Organizational Development – Hires From Within

Veteran MNPS principal Dr. Sonia Stewart to lead organizational development

Nashville, Tenn. (May 2, 2018) – Metro Nashville Public Schools announced today the district is promoting-from-within and has named Dr. Sonia Stewart, an 11-year veteran of MNPS, as the new executive officer of organizational development.

Dr. Stewart is currently the executive principal at Pearl-Cohn High School and previously served as the freshman academy administrator at Glencliff High School. In her new role, Dr. Stewart will lead a division to assess development needs at the district, department, team and individual level. She will also oversee the design, implementation and evaluation of development programs for all employees, with particular focus on current executives and emerging leaders. Dr. Stewart will finish out the school year at Pearl-Cohn and begin her tenure as executive officer of organizational development on July 1.

“We are committed to the professional growth of our people,” said Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director of Schools. “Dr. Stewart has led a positive climate and culture for the faculty, staff and students at Pearl-Cohn for the last six years, and I know she will continue to make an impact by expanding her talents to serve even more people at the district-level.”

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“Professional training, coaching, mentoring and performance measures are an important part of the district’s Strategic Framework,” said Dr. Stewart. “I am excited to lead this effort and support the growth of our people and organization.

During her tenure at Pearl-Cohn, Dr. Stewart accelerated progress in many ways, including moving the school from target to satisfactory according to the district’s Academic Performance Framework; increasing outcomes in achievement, growth, discipline and attendance; increasing teacher retention from 35-percent to 90-percent; and winning National Community School of the Year from the Coalition for Community Schools.

Dr. Stewart holds degrees from Biola University (bachelors of science in mathematics), Trevecca Nazarene University (masters of education in educational leadership) and Vanderbilt University (doctorate of education in education, leadership and policy). She has received numerous accolades, including MNPS Executive Principal of the Year (2017), Academies of Nashville Executive Principal of the Year (2017), MNPS Freshman Academy of the Year (2011), Finalist for Tennessee First Teacher of the Year (1998) and Teacher of the Year (1998).


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