Franklin Special School District Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden announced that Anne Riley has been selected to assume the role of principal at Franklin Elementary School upon the move of current principal Dr. David Esslinger to the district office. After a committee narrowed the candidates, Snowden said he was confident in selecting Riley to step up from her current role as the school’s assistant principal.
“Mrs. Riley has been a strong and steady presence at Franklin Elementary School over the past eight years,” Snowden said. “There is no question that she understands what it takes to be a school principal and we are excited to see her build upon Franklin Elementary’s many successes. She has played a major role in the school’s many achievements and we are confident she will bring a leadership style that appreciates the school’s long history of excellence with an eye to the potential of what lies ahead.”
Riley has served as Franklin Elementary Assistant Principal for the past eight years. During that time, she oversaw all state testing, collaborated with the principal and school data coaches to analyze data and make program improvement recommendations. She organized and planned professional learning, lead planning teams for curriculum, intervention, and behavior, oversaw student discipline and communicated regularly with parents. A testament to the shared leadership at the school, Franklin Elementary was named a 2018-2019 Reward School.
“It’s been a pleasure to serve as Assistant Principal at Franklin Elementary for the past eight years, but I am extremely honored to have been named the principal. I look forward to continuing to build relationships with students, parents, and our faculty and staff in my new role as we work as a team to ensure all of our students reach their highest potential with the full support of the Franklin Elementary School community behind them.”
Riley’s prior experience includes serving as an assistant principal for five years in Scottsdale, AZ, and as a teacher for 10 years in Arizona, Missouri and Tennessee. She received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in School Administration and Supervision, both from Lipscomb University.
Over the past three years, she has received specific professional learning credits in integrated school leadership, social-emotional learning, leadership coaching, Response to Instruction and Intervention for Behavior (RTI 2 B).
She is also active in her community as a volunteer in her church education programs, youth camps, and mission programs.