CMCSS has announced the following administrator appointments.
Director of Middle Schools
Matthew Slight has been selected as the Director of Middle Schools. He has served as the Interim Director of Middle Schools since October. Previously, he served as the Director of Social and Emotional Learning for CMCSS, six years as the principal and six years as an assistant principal at West Creek High School, and he has served as an assistant principal at Northeast High School, criminal justice teacher at Kenwood High School, and an English teacher at Northwest high school, beginning his tenure with CMCSS in 2003. Before pursuing a career in public education, he was a patrol officer, field training officer, detective, and narcotics agent with the Clarksville Police Department from 1995-2003. He earned his M.A. in instructional leadership from Cumberland University and his B.A. in English from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Ill.
West Creek Elementary School Principal
Michelle Rhodehamel has been selected as the principal of West Creek Elementary School. She has served as an assistant principal at West Creek Elementary since 2012. Rhodehamel began her career in public education in 2002 and has taught kindergarten and fifth grade at Northeast, Kenwood, and West Creek elementary schools. She was named both the Teacher of the Year and a Distinguished Classroom Teacher in 2011. Rhodehamel earned her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University and her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies K-8 Education from Austin Peay State University.
New Providence Middle School Assistant Principals
Michael Cumberledge, Beth Pounds, and David Shuman have been selected as assistant principals at New Providence Middle School, serving with the newly announced principal, Melanie Steinlage.
Michael Cumberledge has served as an assistant principal at Jo Byrns High School in Robertson County since 2020. Previously, he served for 11 years in CMCSS as a physical education teacher, Assistant Athletic Director, and Student Support Coordinator at Kenwood High School. Cumberledge has served in numerous school-based leadership roles and completed the Aspiring Leaders Program in Robertson County Schools. He earned his Ed.S. in Accountability and Instructional Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University, M.S. in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania, and B.S. in Physical Education and Health Education from West Virginia University.
Beth Pounds has served at New Providence Middle School since 1995. Currently, she serves as the RTI2 Data Coach and Jumpstart Coordinator. Pounds served for 26 years as a math and Algebra I teacher and has also served as a Site-Based Induction Specialist and on the school’s Leadership Team. She completed the CMCSS Aspiring Administrators Academy, Ayer’s Institute for Coaching, and has served as a state-level mentor teacher for TDOE since 2003. Pounds was named the New Providence Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2020, awarded the Green Apple Award in 1998, and selected as the CMCEA Distinguished Educator for New Providence in 2003, 2006, 2011, and 2021. She earned her M.S.Ed. in Educational Administration from Trevecca Nazarene University and B.S. in Elementary Education from Austin Peay State University.
David Shuman currently serves as a science teacher at Kirkwood Middle School. He began his career in education in 2008 and has taught at New Providence Middle School, Rossview Middle School, Aspen Valley Middle School in Colorado Springs, CO, and Carson Middle School in Fort Carson, CO. Shuman entered his career in public education after serving a 20-year career in the United States Army as a non-commissioned officer. He completed the CMCSS Aspiring Administrators Academy and the University of Northern Colorado’s Tointon Institute School and Teacher Leadership Academy. He earned his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education and B.S. in Biology and Professional Education from Austin Peay State University.
Barkers Mill Elementary School Assistant Principal
Jaclyn Mefford has been selected as an assistant principal at Barkers Mill Elementary School. She has served at Barkers Mill Elementary since 2012. Currently, Mefford serves as a Math Academic Coach K-5 and Interventionist, and previously she served as a Multi-Classroom Leader and fourth and third-grade teacher. She has served in numerous school-based leadership roles, including CMCSS Teacher Communication Group Representative, TN Purple Star School Award Chairperson, and New Teacher Content Mentor. She earned her M.A.Ed. in Educational Leadership and B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with K-6 certification from Austin Peay State University.
These administrative appointments were announced on December 5, 2023.
New Providence Middle School
Melanie Steinlage has been selected as the principal of New Providence Middle School. Currently, Steinlage is the principal of West Creek Elementary School, where she has served since 2021. She began her career with CMCSS in 2010 and has served her entire career in public education in Title I schools as a teacher, Academic Coach, assistant principal, and principal. With the support of her instructional leadership, her schools have earned numerous Reward School designations, a National Title I Distinguished Schools designation, and TVASS level 5 composite scores for growth. Steinlage has served in numerous school and district-level leadership roles in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and school improvement. She earned her M.S. in Educational Leadership K-12 from the University of Tennessee at Martin and her B.S. in Education from the University of South Florida. Steinlage has completed numerous national trainings on Kagan strategies and McREL Balanced Leadership.
Steinlage stated, “I look forward to joining the Mustang family! My goal as a principal is to utilize my experience, education, and leadership skills to promote a positive environment that nurtures character and elevates student achievement.”
Rossview Elementary School Assistant Principal
Ellen Scruggs has been selected as an assistant principal at Rossview Elementary School. She currently serves as an Academic Coach at Glenellen Elementary School and served as a Leadership Resident at Barkers Mill Elementary School for the 2022-2023 school year. Scruggs began her career with CMCSS in 2012 after a successful 21-year career in the private sector as a manager and business owner and operator. She has taught at Barksdale and Rossview elementary schools and has served in several school-level leadership roles, including Site-Based Induction Specialist. Scruggs was named Teacher of the Year in the 2020-2021 school year. She earned her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Austin Peay State University and B.A. from Carson-Newman College.