Interim Superintendent Jason Golden has promoted three WCS professionals to executive director positions for the 2019-20 school year.
Student Support Services High School Specialist Maria Griego has been named Student Support Services Executive Director; Fairview Elementary Principal Brent Oakley has been named Executive Director of Elementary Schools; and Fairview Middle Principal Heather Hayes has been named Executive Director of Secondary Schools.
“Maria has been an asset to Student Support Services since she joined the district six years ago,” said Golden. “She already has relationships with families and staff at the high school level and has an emotional commitment to high quality instruction for students with special needs, and I’m sure that she will make a seamless transition into the position of executive director.”
Griego previously served as a school psychologist in both Coffee County and Hickman County schools with experience at all grade levels. She will replace Carol Hendlmyer who will retire at the end of the school year.
“It is an absolute honor to be named as the Executive Director of Student Support Services. I have loved working alongside the dedicated professionals in our high schools over the last six years,” said Griego. “I look forward to expanding my role to support families and school staff systemwide as we address each student’s unique learning needs to assist each in reaching his or her full potential.”
Griego earned both a Bachelor and a Master’s in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University along with an Educational Specialist Degree. She also earned an Educational Leadership, Administrative Licensure from Lipscomb University.
Oakley and Hayes will fill two newly created positions to support elementary and secondary schools.
“Brent has proven himself as an instructional leader in our district,” said Golden. “His experiences as a teacher, assistant principal and principal will help him guide and support our 28 elementary schools and their administrative teams.”
Oakley has served as the principal of Fairview Elementary since 2014. Prior to that time, he was an assistant principal at Sunset Elementary and a fifth grade teacher at Scales Elementary.
“I feel so blessed to have been able to work alongside the students, staff and parents in the Fairview community over the past five years in our steadfast pursuit of academic progress and education of the whole child,” said Oakley. “I am eager to engage in this new challenge of serving the district as a whole and embrace the opportunity to serve all students in Williamson County elementary schools.”
Oakley earned his Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University and his Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.
Hayes has served in secondary schools across the county since she joined WCS in 2002.
“Heather is a WCS graduate who knows the district inside and out,” said Golden. “Her experiences in the leadership roles she has held, her grasp of professional development, and her strong work ethic will help her be successful in this new role of supporting our middle and high school principals.”
Hayes began her teaching career at Centennial High in 2002. She also taught at Independence High and served as a lead mentor teacher for the district before being named the assistant principal at Brentwood Middle in 2013. She has been the principal of Fairview Middle since 2016.
“It has been my privilege to serve the Fairview community. There is an excitement and energy about the student growth that is happening in Fairview, and I look forward to encouraging and supporting that continued growth in this new role,” said Hayes. “The work that is happening on behalf of students in Williamson County Schools is so important, and I am honored to work alongside the secondary school’s leadership teams to continue to strive for excellence.”
Hayes earned a Bachelor’s in English from Lambuth University, an Education/Secondary Endorsement from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s in Education from Lipscomb University.
All will begin their new roles in July.
From WCS inFocus