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Schools welcome new official

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Wilson County Schools begins the second half of the school year with three new deputy director positions.

The new Deputy Director of Academics, Leisa Justus, comes to Wilson County from the Shelby County school system, where she served as a high school principal. She said it is a “very special opportunity” to come to Wilson County, and she said that she is meeting with the other members of the executive staff this week.

“We’re working right now on developing a strong vision for the school,” she said.

She credits Director of Schools Tim Setterlund as the reason she is now calling Wilson County Schools her home.

“I’ve worked with Tim Setterlund for a long time; he was the principal at my school in Collierville, Tenn. I look forward to really starting with what is our vision, goals, and how do we get there. He has a strong vision for excellence for all children; he is passionate and driven. I know that he cares and has this vision for excellence for all students.

“Knowing that he is the director of schools is exciting. We can do what’s best for kids,” said Justus.

She also said that she had never aspired to hold a central office position until this one was offered to her. 

“I only want to go to a central office position if I can support those teachers,” said Justus.

She said one of her first priorities is to meet with the staff to talk academics and goals. She said she has already met with some of the faculty to “see how I can support them.”

Justus said she had been looking at the school system on the Tennessee State Report Card to familiarize herself with the successes and “some of the areas that we would need to work on.”

“Looking at Wilson County, where its located and how it’s growing and what they are already accomplishing, I want to add a very strong academic slant to the great work that has already been done with facilities,” said Justus. “I am a servant and supporter of faculty, students, community. I’m very committed to making sure that’s what I do.”

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