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MNPS Board names Dr. Adrienne R. Battle as interim Director of Schools

Posted: 6:40 PM, Apr 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-10 03:44:06Z
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville School Board members voted to name Dr. Adrienne R. Battle as the Interim Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Battle replaces embattled Dr. Shawn Joseph as director after board members voted 5-3 to buy out his contract .

Battle will be the first MNPS director to have also been a MNPS student. She is a former principal of Antioch High School.

She currently serves as a Community Superintendent for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Her primary responsibility is supporting all PreK-12 schools in the Southeast Quadrant and all MNPS high schools. Prior to being appointed a Community Superintendent, Dr. Battle served in many capacities as a professional educator.

As graduate of John Overton High School, she accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Missouri State University where she later received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She continued her studies at TSU for her Master's, Educational Specialist and Doctoral degrees.

Dr. Battle was awarded the Barbara Jackson Scholar through the University Council of Educational Leadership and American Educational Research Association.

She has also received the Civic Award for her community service through MNPD and MNPS, she was the recipient of the 2015 William J. & Lucille H. Field Award for Excellence in Tennessee Secondary School Leadership by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and named the 2015 Academies of Nashville Executive Principal of the Year.

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