2008 VAAA – Douglass Elementary School

First Place, West Division, Elementary Schools Angela Brown, Principal 1650 Ash Street Memphis, TN 38108 Memphis Schools Website here Recipe For Success: The transformation that took place at Douglass School began with the search for excellence. In July, 2004, I was appointed principal of Douglass Elementary School. I walked into a quaint, clean building located in a once very prominent neighborhood, not realizing that I was the fifth principal in a seven year period, or that school’s academic … Read More

2008 VAAA – Paragon Mills Elementary School

Third Place, Middle Division, Elementary Schools Mary Lou Del Rio, Principal 260 Paragon Mills Road Nashville, TN 37211 Davidson County Schools Recipe For Success: English Language Learners comprise 70% of the student population, 94% live at poverty level and the mobility rate is 44%. Many people would look at these demographics and see barriers, but at Paragon Mills we see challenges. Our mission is to help the students succeed despite the challenges they face each day. At the … Read More

2008 VAAA – Cowan Elementary School

Second Place, Middle Division, Elementary Schools Raymond Council, Principal 501 East Cumberland Street Cowan, TN 37318 Franklin County Schools Website here Recipe For Success: The formula for success has been presented to schools for many years. There is nothing secret about the things a school needs to do to be successful. The challenge is getting all the stakeholders involved in the process to make it happen. At Cowan Elementary School we have made this happen. First, we are … Read More

2008 VAAA – Boones Creek Elementary School

First Place, East Division, Elementary Schools Teresa Leonard, Principal 348 Christian Church Road Gray, TN 37615 Washington County Schools Website here Recipe For Success: The “recipe for success” at Boones Creek Elementary School involves a highly-qualified, well-trained, and highly motivated group of teachers who believe all students can learn regardless of aptitude, socioeconomic status, and home environment. Parents support both the teacher and the school in its effort to educate their child. Paraprofessionals are highly-qualified and dedicated to … Read More

2009 VAAA – Forge Ridge School

Third Place, East Division, K-8/Middle Schools Marty Cosby, Principal 160 Hill Road Harrogate, TN 37752 Claiborne County Schools Recipe For Success: Forge Ridge School is a K-8 school with 90.6% of the students economically disadvantaged. Our objective at Forge Ridge has always been to give each child the best education possible. As I tell my teachers at the beginning of each school year and throughout the year, “Students will achieve what is expected of them. We must have … Read More

2009 VAAA – Newport Grammar School

Second Place, East Division, K-8/Middle Schools Sandra Burchette, Principal 301 College Street Newport, TN 37821 Newport Schools Recipe For Success: Newport Grammar School is a PreK through eighth grade school with approximately 800 students. Being a one-school system is an advantage due to having a director and school board focused on the needs of a single school. Our administrative team meets regularly in an effort to review and assess existing programs. A very important aspect of a school … Read More

2009 VAAA – South Side Elementary School

Third Place, West Division, K-8/Middle Schools Neal Wright, Principal 29855 Highway 104, South Reagan, TN 38368 Henderson County Schools Recipe For Success: The secret to our success at South Side Elementary School is willing students who are eager to learn and a dedicated staff that strives to provide a positive, encouraging and productive environment that enhances learning.  Our staff works closely together to share new learning skills that will benefit our students.  Test scores are analyzed and students … Read More

2009 VAAA – Orchard Knob Elementary School

Third Place, East Division, Elementary Schools Marthel Young, Principal 400 North Orchard Knob Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404 Hamilton County Schools Recipe For Success: Orchard Knob Elementary is committed to high achievement by providing rigorous teaching and learning for all students and creating a positive learning culture for everyone. Our mission and vision are accomplished through scaffolded professional development, vertical team collaboration, extended instructional days, professional learning cadres, opportunities for student and teacher empowerment, and partnering with the community. … Read More

2009 VAAA – Carter Elementary School

First Place, East Division, Elementary Schools Julie Thompson, Principal 9304 College Lane Strawberry Plains, TN 37871 Knox County Schools Recipe For Success: There are many factors that contribute to the success of Carter Elementary School. We have had a long history of excellent Value-Added scores and work diligently to maintain that level of achievement each year. Organization, programming, and academic focus are at the heart of our success. The staff at Carter Elementary School has been working together … Read More

2009 VAAA – Cowan Elementary School

Third Place, Middle Division, Elementary Schools Raymond Council, Principal 501 E. Cumberland Street Cowan, TN 37318 Franklin County Schools Recipe For Success: The formula for success has been presented to schools for many years. There is nothing secret about the things a school needs to do to be successful. The challenge is getting all the stakeholders involved in the process to make it happen. At Cowan Elementary School we have made this happen. First, we are organized as … Read More

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