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

March 2020

Greetings Tennessee Principals! As President of the Tennessee Principals Association, I am committed to provide you with updated information that impacts Principals and school leaders across our great state.

Sharon McNary, Principal at Richland Elementary School in Memphis, TN, is a candidate for NAESP Vice President. Be sure to VOTE electronically in the NAESP election which begins March 24.

Kimbrelle Lewis, Principal at Cordova Elementary in Cordova, TN, is serving as NAESP President-elect. We are proud of Kimbrelle both as a Tennessee Principal and as a National Leader! Dr. Ann-Marie Gleason, Principal at Harpeth Valley Elementary School in Nashville, and Dr. Kevin Armstrong, Principal at DuPont-Hadley Middle School in Nashville, also serve on the NAESP Board of Directors.

Two Tennessee Principals are on the state ballot as candidates for TPA Vice President. Best of luck to Dr. Janice Irvin,Principal at John F. Kennedy Elementary in Kingsport, TN and Tyler Salyer, Principal at Collierville Elementary in Collierville, TN. The voting window is March 9-20, 2020. Best of luck to both candidates!

The 2019 Tennessee Principals Conference held in Memphis was one of the largest attended conferences in recent years. Look for the conference photo gallery on the TPA website ( A special THANK YOU to the 2019 Conference Leadership Team - Sharon McNary, Antuan Knapp, Dr. Tanisha Heaston and Dr. Patricia Griggs-Merriweather for a job well done!

Planning for the 2020 Tennessee Principals Conference has already begun. The theme of the conference will be “INNOVATIVELEADERSHIP – Lighting the Way to Student Success.” Check out the TPA website for 2020 conference registration information (

It is not too late to nominate an outstanding colleague for National Distinguished Principal. Nomination information can be found on the TPA website ( Nomination deadline is March 31,2020.

The TPA Board of Directors is in planning mode as TPA looks to take “next steps” into the future. More to come! Leadership Takes Heart! Thanks for being a Tennessee Principal!

Best regards,

Shay Siler

2019-2020 TPA President

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  • 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


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