MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Officials with Murfreesboro City Schools announced Tuesday they have chosen a teacher from Cason Lane Academy to serve as assistant principal at Scales Elementary School.
Murfreesboro City Schools Director Linda Gilbert announced that Natalie Hopkins has been selected as assistant principal based on her longtime experience with the school system and impressive resume, which includes winning the Cason Lane Teacher of the Year award in 2012.
“Ms. Hopkins brings a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and leadership to this position,” Gilbert said. “She is engrained in the community and understands the needs of our students, parents and teachers.”
She will join the leadership team of newly appointed Principal Maria Johnson and Assistant Principal Jenny Ortiz in January 2014. Johnson is replacing Don Bartch, who was recently tapped to serve as principal of the new Overall Creek Elementary School.
“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” Hopkins said. “I believe parental and community involvement are essential to a successful school and classroom environment, and I look forward to becoming a part of the Scales community.”
Hopkins currently teaches at Cason Lane Academy and has worked for the city school system since 2003. Since that time, Hopkins has served a term as president of the Murfreesboro Education Association.
In addition, she was named Teacher of Year in 2008 and 2010 by the association.
Hopkins received her undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree from Walden University. She is scheduled to receive an education specialist degree with an emphasis on administration and supervision from MTSU next year.
Scales Elementary, located on Saint Andrews Drive, has one of the largest student populations in the Murfreesboro City Schools district, with nearly 1,100 students enrolled during the 2013-14 academic year.
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