MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The assistant principal of Scales Elementary School has been tapped to serve as the new principal, Murfreesboro City Schools, officials announced Tuesday.
Maria Johnson will be the new principal of Scales Elementary beginning next year, said Linda Gilbert, the director of City Schools.
Johnson is replacing Don Bartch, who was recently chosen to serve as principal of Overall Creek Elementary School when it opens next year.
Johnson has served as assistant principal at Scales since July 2012. She has an extensive background working with children in various positions, including working as a juvenile counselor, classroom teacher and assistant principal for Simpson Elementary School in Simpson County, Ky.
“Maria (Johnson) has gained the respect of the faculty, parents and student body at Scales,” Bartch said. “She has a wealth of knowledge and the leadership skills to continue to move Scales forward.”
Both Johnson and Bartch will assume their new roles in January 2014.
“I love being a part of the Scales community and look forward to this new opportunity,” Johnson said in a press release. “Scales enjoys a wonderful reputation for student learning and community involvement.”
Scales has the largest student population in the City Schools district, currently enrolling nearly 1,100 students.
The opening of Overall Creek Elementary in August 2014 will help relieve the overcrowding at Scales.
Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Louisville and her master’s degree in education administration from Western Kentucky University.
Johnson resides in Murfreesboro with her husband, Kavin, and their children.