Tennessee Principals Association

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The Tennessee Principals Association (TPA) was founded in 1939 as a support system for Tennessee school leaders.  Over the decades, TPA has evolved as the premier professional association for K-8 Tennessee principals as well as district leaders.

2021 TPA Election Results

Vice President

Dr. Terrence Brittenum
A. Maceo Walker Middle School
Memphis, TN

TPA/NAESP State Representative

Shay Siler
Karns Elementary School
Knoxville, TN

Tennessee’s 2021
National Outstanding Assistant Principal Award

Dr. Jamelie Kangles Johns Assistant Principal
Nolan Elementary School
Signal Mountain, TN


2020-2021 President,
National Association of Elementary School Principals

Principal, Cordova Elementary School
Memphis, Tennessee

Chattanooga Principal Selected as 2020 National Distinguished Principal from Tennessee

Dr. Ashley Aldridge Wilson
Principal, Nolan Elementary School
Signal Mountain, TN

Tennessee Principals Serving On
NAESP Board of Directors

Kimbrelle Lewis
NAESP President
Principal, Memphis TN

Dr. Ann-Marie Gleason
NAESP Zone 4 Director
Principal, Nashville TN

Dr. Kevin Armstrong
Middle Level Director
Principal, Nashville TN

The mission of the Tennessee Principals Association is to support, empower, and connect Tennessee Principals.

2020-2021 Events

February 2021

Articles due for Spring Issue of Tennessee Principal

February 15, 2021

2021 National Distinguished Principal Nominations Due Feb 15, 2021. Visit the download page to view form.

February 21-24, 2021

National Leaders Conference (Arlington, VA) – by invitation

February 28, 2021

Applications due for Outstanding Assistant Principal Award

March 30, 2021

Applications due for National Distinguished Principal Award

May 2021

State Executive Directors Meeting (location TBA)

– by invitation

June 4-6, 2021

2021-22 TPA Board Summer Planning Meeting

July 8-12, 2021

NAESP PreK-8 Principals Conference (Chicago, IL)


  • Professional Membership
  • Professional Liability Coverage ($2 million)
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Advocacy in Washington
  • TPA Publications: TN Principal Journal & TNPRIN News
  • NAESP Publications: Principal Magazine, Communicator e-newsletter, Principal Insights
  • Professional Networks
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  • SUPPORT Tennessee Principals to enhance professional skill level
  • EMPOWER Tennessee Principals to build leadership capacity
  • CONNECT Tennessee Principals to expand professional networks
  • DEVELOP long-term financial infrastructure to enable TPA to become the premier education leadership association for Tennessee Principals