Tiffany Dukes will be the next principal of Roy Waldron Elementary School in La Vergne, Director of Schools Don Odom announced today.

Beginning in July, Dukes will work alongside current Principal Dr. Polly Pewitt, who has announced her retirement effective in October.

Dukes comes to Rutherford County Schools after serving as principal at Ritta Elementary School in Knox County the past three years. She previously served as the assistant principal at the school and holds a master’s degree plus 45 hours in educational leadership and policy studies.

She has received several honors, including Ritta Elementary School being named a Tennessee Reward School for the 2012-2013 school year. Reward schools are those who perform within the top five percent of all schools in Tennessee. In addition, Dukes was selected as the 2012 Hall of Honor Scholar by the University of Tennessee College of Education Health and Human Sciences Department, and she is certified in “Cognitive Coaching” and in “Adaptive Schools Leadership Strategies.”

“We are pleased to have a person with Mrs. Dukes’ talents and successful experience joining us as an administrator in Rutherford County Schools,” Director Odom said. “The students, parents and staff will be pleased with the energetic and visionary aspirations she has for Roy Waldron Elementary.”

Dukes is moving to the area because of her husband’s job relocation and to be closer to their families in Middle Tennessee.

“I am excited to join the Rutherford County Schools System,” Dukes said. “I look forward to all the good work that is to come this year as I work alongside the staff, students, and families of Roy Waldron Elementary School.”

Rutherford County Schools also will be naming new principals soon for Thurman Francis Arts Academy and Oakland Middle School because of recent principal retirements.

 About Rutherford County Schools

Rutherford County Schools is an award-winning school district and an education leader in Tennessee. The district is comprised of 46 schools and more than 40,000 students. The mission of Rutherford County Schools is to empower today’s students to grasp tomorrow’s opportunities.

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