Highland Elementary's Next Principal Named
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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The Greeneville City School system is pleased to announce Mrs. Shelia Newland as the next principal of Highland Elementary School.  Mrs. Newland replaces Mrs. Brenda Ottinger who will return to the classroom this fall.     

Mrs. Newland has served as Principal of Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Kingsport the last four years.  Her experience also includes associate principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Kingsport, seven years teaching math at John Sevier Middle School in Kingsport, serving as an elementary instructor in Virginia, and 11 years as a teacher in international schools in Kuwait, Lesotho, and Eritrea, Africa.  Mrs. Newland holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from East Tennessee University, a Master’s degree in English as a Second Language from the College of New Jersey, and an Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.  Additionally, Mrs. Newland is a certified Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) examiner, has been a TN Core Coach, and served as an adjunct faculty member for Tusculum College.                 

Mrs. Newland is recognized for her educational leadership and her strategies and approach to aid in the development of cultural transformation.  She has a heart for children and adults and recognizes the power of mentoring and community involvement.

 "I am honored to have been chosen to serve as the principal at Highland Elementary and join the top ranked Tennessee school system,” said Mrs. Newland.  “I look forward to working alongside the staff, families and students as we prepare the students for their futures."

“We were blessed to talk with some outstanding candidates for Highland”, said Dr. Jeff Moorhouse, Director of Greeneville City Schools.  “I am excited that we are able to bring on a leader with the experience that Mrs. Newland possesses.  Her background presents an outstanding future for the teachers and students at Highland.” 

Dr. Moorhouse added that the interview process was enhanced with the inclusion of a Highland student on the committee.  The student representative said, “I really liked how kind and respectful she was.  I like that she wants to set high expectations and goals for us!  She will be able to help us learn the 7 Habits better.”

She enjoys reading, cooking, anything about nature, and spending time with her rescued dog, Cooper.  Mrs. Newland and her husband will relocate to Greene County later this summer.

Mrs. Newland will assume her new role beginning with the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.