By EMILY R. WEST
With the school year underway, three new Franklin Special School District administrators have transitioned into their new positions.
Chris Treadway – Principal
Poplar Grove Middle School
Chris Treadway is principal at Poplar Grove Middle School, serving fifth- through eighth-grade students, and is excited about the opportunities he sees in its students, families, faculty and staff.
“I have been extremely impressed with the family atmosphere within our school and the FSSD as a whole,” Treadway said. “Although I had no doubts otherwise, I have found Poplar Grove Middle teachers to be highly competent, talented, well trained and supported by the district. Our teachers are challenging the status quo and seeking to improve their teaching practices, which in turn advances student learning and progress.”
He is equally impressed by the students and their families.
“Our students are eager to learn and our parental support has been excellent,” Treadway said. “My top priority as a school leader has been, and will continue to be, continuous improvement and growth for all — students, teachers, staff and administration. My desire is for everyone in our building – employees and students – to give their best and improve each day.”
He said he hopes to accomplish this goal by communicating high expectations and providing constructive feedback and support.
Treadway arrived in Franklin from Rutherford County Schools, where he was the principal at Rock Springs Middle School for the past five years. In addition to his role as former principal, he also served as an assistant principal at Rockvale Middle School, also in the Rutherford County School System.
With plenty of leadership experience, Treadway rounds out his past experience with time in the classroom as a seventh-grade science teacher.
He earned his B.S. degree in interdisciplinary studies and his M.Ed. in administration and supervision, both from Middle Tennessee State University.
Joel Hoag, Ed.D. – Principal
Freedom Intermediate School
Although in a new position this year, Joel Hoag, Ed.D., is not completely new to the FSSD.
He served as assistant principal at Poplar Grove Elementary School for two years prior to his new role as principal at Freedom Intermediate School. Hoag joined the FSSD in 2014 from Wilson County, where he served as an assistant principal for three years at Stoner Creek Elementary. Prior to that, he was a teacher for six years in Murfreesboro City Schools.
“I am thrilled to join Freedom Intermediate, where I have been able to jump in and help continue our school’s tradition of collaborating with families and the community to grow students who embody intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning,” he said. “After five years as an assistant principal working with pre-K through fifth grades, I am excited to be in a building with a sixth grade, which I taught for three years before entering administration.”
Hoag said his first impressions of the school have matched its reputation.
“I had heard many wonderful things about Freedom Intermediate, but what stands out to me the most so far is how well our mission – to be a collaborative community fostering diverse and passionate learners – is embodied,” he said. “Faculty and staff, parents and students are all critical to the success Freedom Intermediate enjoys, and everyone is already working together to create an exciting and successful start to the year.”
Hoag earned his B.S. degree in interdisciplinary studies and his M.Ed. in administration and supervision, both from Middle Tennessee State University. He received his doctorate degree from Lipscomb University in learning organizations and strategic change.
Robbin Cross – Supervisor
FSSD Child Nutrition
With a 25-year career in food service and home economics, Cross comes to the FSSD with a great deal of experience. She has also long been an advocate for FSSD schools.
Her first supporting role was that of a parent, then as a FSSD School Board member where she spent several years advocating for strong schools, excellence in programming for the students and appropriate benefits for employees.
Cross comes to the FSSD from Harpeth Hall School, an independent private school in Nashville serving students in grades five-12, where she was food service director for 16 years.
Her other related experience includes time as the executive director and instructor at a culinary school in Arkansas, a home economics teacher and a school cafeteria manager.
“I am so excited to be part of the FSSD family once again,” Cross said. “I am looking forward to working with the child nutrition staff, school employees and parents to build on the excellent reputation this district has in all areas.”
Cross came to the district with lots of innovative ideas for the school kitchens and dining rooms.
“Keep your eyes on the FSSD Child Nutrition Department,” she said. “We have lots of surprises in store for you.”
Cross received her B.S. degree and attained graduate experience in home economics. She also has job-related certifications in sanitation and allergy awareness and training as a nutritional health coach.