Wilson County Schools will soon have two new faces and a familiar one taking on new roles in its Central Office.
Director of Schools Tim Setterlund said Tuesday he hired Leisa Justus to be the new deputy director of academics and Mickey Hutson as the deputy director of student services. Mary Ann Sparks, currently the school system’s human resources director, will become the director of talent management.
Justus comes to Wilson County from the Shelby County school district. She was principal at Houston High School in Memphis before submitting her resignation last week to accept the job in Wilson County, according to the Commercial Appeal in Memphis.
“She’s got excellent credentials,” said Setterlund. These include a doctorate in education, an education specialist degree and a master’s in leadership and supervision, according to her resume.
“She is the principal of one of the highest performing schools in Tennessee; she has a good understanding of developing a culture of learning,” Setterlund said.
Justus will be in charge of all aspects of academics for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students, including special education, English as a Second Language and all curriculum, Setterlund said.
Hutson comes to Wilson County from Collierville High School, where he was a teacher since 1986. He holds a bachelor of science in speech communications from Murray State University and a master’s in theatre from the University of Memphis. He also has more than 30 hours of study in education at Cumberland University, according to his resume.
Sparks, who has been with the Wilson County Schools since she began teaching at Mt. Juliet Elementary School in 1987, will serve as the director of talent management, which Setterlund said includes handling teacher evaluations each year.
“That is critical to the instructional program,” he said.
He said Sparks and Justus will work together closely on the evaluation process.
The planned start date for each of the new positions is Jan. 6.