Lebanon Director of Schools Scott Benson announced Thursday he hired former Wilson County educator Nancy Ash as associate director of schools and director of teaching and learning.
“We are excited to have Mrs. Ash join our leadership team,” Benson said. “She brings a servant leadership style with a proven 30 year record of increased academic success in diverse learning communities from the perspectives of a teacher, a building administrator and the district office.”
Benson said Ash will be responsible for curriculum, instruction and accountability for the Lebanon Special Schools District. Ash starts her new position in January.
“Mrs. Ash is a respected member of the education community with an established reputation of integrity, professionalism and knowledge,” Benson said. “The faculty, staff, students and families of the LSSD are privileged to have her expertise.”
Ash currently works in Wilson County schools, having served as supervisor of testing and accountability, principal, assistant principal and teacher. She was named Mt. Juliet High School teacher of the year three times and Wilson County teacher of the year twice.
Ash said she believes “to be an effective educator, we must continue to learn ourselves.” Benson said she models that sentiment through her “extensive participation and leadership in the professional community.”
Ash replaces Jeanne Barker, who was recently named superintendent of Lenoir city schools.
The Lebanon school board honored Barker with a crystal nameplate Monday night at its regular meeting.
“This is truly a special place, and I have grown being here,” Barker said.
School officials held a reception for Barker on Wednesday at Castle Heights Elementary School.