Metro names new principal for Stratford high

Monday, June 21, 2010 at 3:30pm
Staff reports

Officials of Metro Nashville Public Schools have tapped an educator from Florida to be Stratford High School’s new principal.

Beginning July 1, Michael Steele, a former assistant principal and principal who most recently worked in Jacksonville, Fla., will bring his nine years of experience in education to Stratford.

“I am excited to be a part of the Nashville team,” Steele said. “My plan is to accentuate the positive in others and help them realize their vision. I can’t wait to start working with the staff at Stratford, as well as the students and parents. I want us to be exceptional at everything we do.”

MNPS administrators are touting Steele’s experience overseeing small learning communities. At Stratford, three small learning communities are available — the Academy of Science and Engineering, the Academy of Entrepreneurship, and the Academy of Liberal Arts.

Steele’s background includes service in the U.S. Marine Corps and more than 10 years as a law enforcement officer. He began his educational career as a special education teacher and guidance counselor before earning his educational leadership degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree in psychology and counseling from Troy University.

3 Comments on this post:

By: martindkennedy on 6/21/10 at 3:43

A Marine? Something tells me there is going to be some tightening up of the dress code at Stratford. This sounds like an inspired hire. Glad Nashville chose him and he opted to meet that challenge.

By: localboy on 6/22/10 at 7:54

Bet the Beta Club changes its name to "The A Team".

By: rbull on 6/22/10 at 6:57

Why is that Metro Government and State Government always have to go outside the State of Tennessee to hire people in higher paying positions when there is plenty of people in this great State that is qualified to do the job. A good example is the former School Superintendent who they go from California and look what he did to the school system in Davidson County.