A veteran instructional leader has been selected as the new principal of Centennial High School, replacing outgoing Principal Christopher Hames.

Dr. Meghen Sanders, who served as an assistant principal at Pearl-Cohn High School in Nashville since 2013, will take over as Centennial’s principal on July 1, as Hames exits for a position in Alabama.

Williamson County Schools Superintendent Jason Golden introduced Sanders to the faculty Tuesday morning.

Sanders has served in three administrative roles at Pearl-Cohn: vice principal of Curriculum, Instruction and Data Analysis; principal of the Academy of Entertainment Communication; and principal of the Academy of Entertainment Management. She was given an Academies of Nashville Academy Assistant Principal of the Year Award in 2018.

“Meghen is passionate about challenging students to be their best and about creating opportunities for students and staff to be successful,” Golden said. “Her skill set and her vast experience have allowed her to create and lead professional development opportunities at the school and university levels. She is recognized as a leader locally and across the state.”

Sanders is a member of the Tennessee Governor’s Academy for School Leadership, 2019 cohort. She is certified to teach both English and history, and she also holds an English as a Second Language endorsement. She began her career teaching high school English for six years and then served as a curriculum specialist before becoming a school administrator.

“I am honored to be the next school leader of Centennial High School. I am excited to partner with our students, teachers, parents and school community to continue our tradition of academic, artistic, athletic and personal excellence,” Sanders said. “By intently focusing on academics and creating a culture of care for students and teachers, we will continue to accelerate the learning of all of our students. I look forward to meeting the entire Cougar Nation!”

Sanders earned a Bachelor’s in English Language Arts Education from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction as well as an Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Instructional Technology, both from Middle Tennessee State University; and a Doctorate in Curriculum Design from Tennessee State University.

She will begin her new role on July 1.

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