Leslie Duke, Franklin Special School District

Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden announced that the Franklin Special School District hired Leslie Duke as Human Resources Supervisor to replace Dr. Roberta Hill, who retired January 3. Duke comes to FSSD from Rutherford County Schools, where she has been working as a Certified Human Resource Analyst for the past four years. She began on December 13, 2018, spending about a week shadowing Hill.

“We are excited to have the experience that Leslie will bring right from the start,” Snowden said. “In her most recent position she has played an integral role in recruiting, policy compliance, licensing requirements, and orientation of new employees. These are needs that school districts must have met on a routine basis and the ability that she will have to jump right in is crucial.”

In addition to her valuable human resources experience, Duke also has a teaching background, which will be pivotal as she will be called up on to remediate issues for both certified and non-certified personnel. She was a Reading Intervention Teacher for four years in RCS before being called to serve at the Central Office in Human Resources.

Duke received her undergraduate degree in communications from University of Tennessee Chattanooga, her master’s degree in teaching and administration from Trevecca Nazarene University and hours toward an educational administration degree from Bethel University.

Dr. Hill retired January 3, 2019, after 21 years with the FSSD. She came to FSSD to help lead Freedom Middle School as an assistant principal in 1997 from Metro Nashville Public Schools. Almost four years later, in 2001, she was hired as Human Resources Supervisor where she remained ever since. Among her accomplishments as Human Resources Supervisor, Hill helped design and implement a highly regarded new teacher mentoring program which has been instrumental in retaining new teachers. This program provides exceptional opportunities for beginning and new teachers to the FSSD to have individualized professional learning and to check in with a teacher mentor throughout their first five years in the district.