By MATT BLOIS
Williamson County has appointed three new principals in the school district.
Westwood Elementary, Oak View Elementary and the district’s Alternative Learning Center will have new leaders next year.
Jill Hunt will be the new principal at Westwood Elementary in Fairview. She is currently the principal of Centerville Elementary in Hickman County. Before becoming principal, she taught kindergarten and first grade for five years at East Hickman and Centerville elementary schools. She also served as an assistant principal at East Hickman Intermediate School.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in child and family studies and education from Freed-Hardeman University and a Master’s degree in administration and supervision from Middle Tennessee State.
Oak View Elementary Assistant Principal Amy Stephenson will move up to the role of principal next year. She has been the assistant principal for five years. She was previously an assistant principal at Varsity Lakes Middle School in Florida and tough elementary school for six years.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Master’s degree in educational leadership from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Fairview Middle School Assistant Principal Josiah Holland will become the principal for the Alternative Learning Center next year.
The Alternative Learning Center is a collaboration between Williamson County Schools, Franklin Special School District and Williamson County Juvenile Services. The school district will be taking over day to day operations of the learning center from the county’s Juvenile Services during next school year.
According to the county’s website, the learning center is supposed to help students learn new ways of facing their struggles and assist them with developing new ways to cope with disappointment and academic difficulties. The ultimate goal is to reintroduce students to their regular schools.
Holland started working with the district in 2001, and has worked as a substitute teacher, a special education and gifted teacher and an administrator. In a press release, superintendent Mike Looney called Holland a champion for restorative practices.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree in special education from Middle Tennessee State University and Master’s degree in educational leadership from Lipscomb University.