Vicki Shipley, principal of Munford Middle School in Tipton County Schools, was named Tennessee’s 2018-19 Principal of the Year. Shipley has served in school administration for 18 years and is in her eighth year as principal of Munford Middle. As principal, she has worked to ensure that the administrative team provides a clear focus on academic success through collaboration. Shipley also models the importance of professional learning by being an active principal study council member, attending TEAM training along with her teachers, and strives to learn at least one new thing every day.
Maria Warren, district elementary supervisor and RTI2 supervisor in Loudon County Schools, was named Tennessee’s 2018-19 Supervisor of the Year. Warren has worked in education for over 27 years and has served 8 years as an administrator. Under her leadership, Loudon County was invited to be one of 22 districts focused on improving professional learning for educators. Through this project, Warren concentrated on aligning professional development to the district strategic plan and developed tools to guide the design and delivery of all professional learning activities. As a result, 98 percent of teachers in Loudon County now believe that their professional learning is aligned to the district’s priorities for improving teacher practices and student learning.