Tuesday, August 4, 2015

School board, consider Angela Huff for superintendent

School board, consider Angela Huff for superintendent

Karen Y. Johnson, For The Tennessean 12:02 a.m. CDT August 1, 2015

http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/07/31/school-board-consider-angela-huff-superintendent/30855913/  

I am expressing support for MNPS director candidate Angela Huff, who graduated from our Metro Nashville public school system and has worked her way up from a teacher, principal, assistant administrator to now chief of staff at Cobb County Public Schools, which has a diverse student population of 111,000 students.
Huff comes from a family of educators, as her own mother retired from our Metro Nashville public school system after 28 years of service as a teacher.
I attended Huff's public interview and didn't know Huff prior to her being presented to the Nashville community at the interview held at McGavock High School.
I was impressed by the turnout, which was the largest of all three candidates, where her specific responses, poise and genuine care for all children came through.
As anyone knows, working your way up helps prepare you for leadership.
As an example Glenda Glover graduated from Tennessee State University, and she has built a very successful career working her way up over many years and has since come back to Nashville and is successfully leading the university.
Angela Huff could be that same bright light for our children and this city.
I and others are only asking the school board to continue the interview process with Huff.
There was strong support from many regarding her skills, background and the fact she is a product of the very system we all are wanting to see succeed.
The request is for the school board, who publicly stated that we had three capable and qualified candidates, to please consider moving forward because at least one of the remaining two is capable, qualified and a shining example of the success of our Metro Nashville public school system.
She is a product of it and has the experience on the level needed to lead it.
In closing, this is only a request, as the decision rests with the school board.
In hiring anyone, those doing the hiring have to be comfortable that whoever is selected is the right fit for the board, the system and our city, and I and so many others respect each of the board members in getting it right with the selection of our school system's next leader.
Please consider seriously the candidacy of Angela Huff. Thank you.
Karen Y. Johnson is a Metro councilwoman for District 29.

Story Highlights

 

  • Huff is a product of Nashville's schools and worked her way to a top education leadership role.
  • It is ultimately the school board's decision, but many feel as I do.
  • She was one of three finalists and is capable for the job.

 

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