Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the finalists for the 2016-17 Tennessee Principal of the Year award Thursday. The nine finalists represent each Center of Regional Excellence (CORE) region in the state, with three finalists in each Grand Division, West, Middle and East. Grand Division winners and the Principal of the Year will be selected from this group and announced on Oct. 25, 2016, during the department's LEAD Conference.
Robin Newell, the Principal of Mitchell Neilson Schools in Murfreesboro, has been selected as one of the nine finalist in Tennessee.
"Leadership matters. As I've traveled around the state, I have seen the significant impact a strong school leader has on teachers' successes and students' progress," Commissioner McQueen said. "Principals set the tone and expectations that drive student learning in their buildings, and I commend these finalists for the ways in which they have set a high bar for the profession."
The nine finalists for 2016-17 Principal of the Year are: