Hamilton County continues search for new school superintendent

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The search continues for a new superintendent for Hamilton County schools.

The Hamilton County Department of Education released the final list of the top nine candidates.

The following nine candidates, listed in alphabetical order, are being scheduled for Skype interviews. Board members hope to begin the Skype interviews as early as next week.

Natasha Baker – Baker is a former teacher, dean, principal, chief academic officer, and chief innovation officer. She is currently Michigan’s State School Reform Officer. Previously, Baker was the deputy superintendent and state school reform officer in the division of education services for the Michigan Department of Education.

Alan Coverstone – Coverstone’s career began as a substitute teacher and soon earned a job teaching at one of the Southeast’s strongest independent schools. Over time he was promoted to serve as the Academic Dean of the school. He then led the organization and management of several educational reform initiatives in the large, urban school system in Nashville. Later he led the development of the Office of Innovation before the concept was adopted by the state of Tennessee as one of its leading interventions for Priority schools.

Clifford Davis – Davis has served as a mathematics teacher at both the middle and high school level, instructional coach, assistant principal at the middle school level, and principal at both the middle school and high school level. In addition to these positions, he has also served at the district office level in a number of positions such as the Supervisor of Secondary Education, Executive Director of Secondary Education, and now Chief of Staff for the Knox County Schools.

Jack Elsey – Elsey began his career as a middle school teacher, quickly becoming a school director for Teach For America. He then worked as an Executive Director, Assistant Superintendent, and Chief Schools Officer for Detroit Public Schools. After he became the Chief Officer of Innovation and Incubation for Chicago Public Schools. He is currently serving as a Chief Schools Officer for the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan.

Timothy Gadson – Gadson has over twenty-three years in education. He is currently serving as Superintendent Designee and Executive Director of Curriculum and Schools with Robbinsdale Area Schools in Minnesota. Previously, he was the Associate Superintendent for Atlanta Public Schools, Director of High School Operations for Austin Independent School District, Chief Transformation Officer for Cambium Learning, and worked with the Palm Beach County School District as a District Director for Secondary Education and School Improvement and Middle School Curriculum and School Improvement.

Stewart Greenberg – Greenberg is currently the Chief Academic Officer for Leon County Schools. Prior to this he was the Executive Direcrtor for Reading and Early Learning for the State of Florida. He was also a Regional Executive Director with the Florida Department of Education, who was charged with working with Superintendents and schools throughout panhandle of Florida to improve educational outcomes for all students. He began his career in Broward County, Florida (the 6th largest schools system in the country) as a paraprofessional, a classroom teacher, moving up through the administrative ranks to become the Director of Curriculum Support K-12.

Arthur Wayne Johnson – Johnson is the Chief Executive and Executive Managing Officer of Reunion Financial Services Corporation and a managing partner at Global Education Partners. He is also the Founder, Chairman, and former CEO of First Performance Corporation. He has also been President, CEO, and Chairman of many different businesses. He has been in the business field for more than thirty years.

Bryan Johnson – Johnson began his career in education as a teacher, coach, and Director of Education. He then became Principal, Athletic Director, and Director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. He is currently the Chief Academic Officer for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.

Kirk Kelly – Kelly is in his 35th year as an educator and administrator for Chattanooga City and Hamilton County Schools. He began his career as a junior high school teacher before becoming Assistant Principal of two schools and Principal at one. He has also worked as the Coordinator of Drug Abatement Program, an Adjunct Instructor of Education Research, Adjunct Instructor of Education, Director of Accountability and Testing, Assistant Superintendent for Accountability and Testing, and Co-Acting Superintendent. He is currently serving as the Interim Superintendent for the Hamilton County Department of Education.

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