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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.
Dr. Nancy Flatt Meador is the Executive Director of TPA. Dr. Meador is a veteran educator with thirty-two years of experience and a former president (2013-2014) of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).
Dr. Nancy Flatt Meador
TPA Mailing Location
Tennessee Principals Association
P. O. Box 140227
TPA is a “Principal-led-Principal-driven” organization. The 2020-21 Board of Directors (governing board) is led by twenty-seven school leaders from across the state (click on the “Our Team” button for Board Member contact information).
President | Dr. Julie Hopkins
President-elect | Dr. Tara Loba
Vice President | Tyler Salyer
Past President | Shay Siler
NAESP State Rep | Dr. Holly Flora
Secretary | Dr. Tanisha Heaston
Treasurer | Shelley Archuleta-Smith
Executive Director | Dr. Nancy Flatt Meador
Special Board Appointments
Director of Federal Relations/Advocacy | Dr. Brian Partin
Director of State Relations/Advocacy | Heather Wolf
Director of Professional Learning | Selina Sparkman
Editor | Catherine Prentis
Higher Ed./Retired Principals | Dr. Amy Downey
West, District 1 | Patrick Certion
West, District 1 | Stephanie Beach
Northwest, District 2 | Linda DeBerry
Southwest, District 3 | Amy Wooley
North Central, District 4 | DeeAnne Miree
North Central, District 4 | Dr. Ricki GibbsSouth
Central, District 5 | Robert Busch
Cumberland, District 6 | Jennifer Magnusson
Southeast, District 7 | Dr. Ashley Aldridge Wilson
East, District 8 | Alisha Hinton
Upper East, District 9 | Dr. Janice Irvin
NAESP Board Members
NAESP President | Kimbrelle Lewis
Zone 4 Director | Dr. Ann-Marie Gleason
At-Large, Middle Level Director | Dr. Kevin Armstrong
TPA is a “joint state” with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Annual membership fees includes both state level and national level dues for K-8 principals. All memberships in TPA/NAESP expire on a common expiration date of August 31 each year. Legal benefits are provided through NAESP.High school administrators are welcome to join TPA. As indicated on the TPA, K-8 Enrollment Form, secondary members who join TPA, are required to have a current membership in a national association of their choice (e.g., NASSP, ASCD). Legal benefits are not provided through TPA.Questions pertaining to membership can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Potential benefits of membership include:Advocacy at state & federal levelsLegal benefits provided by NAESP for K-8 administratorsPrint/non-print resources (e.g., magazines, newsletters)State and National level conferencesMember discountsNetworking & collaborationLeadership development & growth
Tennessee Principals Conference
Typically held the first weekend (Sunday-Tuesday) in December, the Annual Tennessee Principals Conference is a great to enjoy professional learning with colleagues from across the state. TPA provides national level speakers at the conference along with an exhibit area and plenty of breakout sessions. Conference information, including registration information, can be found on the TPA website.
TPA Headquarters is located in Nashville, TN. Membership and conference registration can be sent to the following location:
Tennessee Principals Association
P.O. Box 140227
Nashville, TN 37214TPA Mission Statement