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Mary Nollner, former principal of Joelton Middle and Whites Creek High schools, has been appointed principal of Antioch Middle.
The School of the Arts continued to grow as we gained assistant principal Mary Nollner in 2000, and executive principal ship changed hands to current principal Bob Wilson in 2001.
Soon after, assistant principal Mary Nollner was given the interim executive principal position at Joelton Middle School.
Mrs. Nollner (used to be Ms. Phillips) says HELLO!!I saw Mrs. Nollner the other day (She is my principal at Joelton Middle) and we were discussing this site.She wanted me to send a big, fat HELLO to all my fellow Cobras. I used to see Mary Nollner all the time when she was the vice prinicpal at Nashville School of the Arts -- I have 2 sisters and a brother that all graduated from there.She used to crack me up in Accounting!!!Mrs. Nollner ...... boy she was a great teacher.I had her for accounting and I believe business economics.I saw her and Coach Nollner out one night having dinner and could not believe it.First of all, they both looked great.But to think that they got married!!!I had heard she was a principal.Not sure if I would have liked her so much if she was our principal.Make sure you tell her all of the old Cobra's are saying 'HI'.Thanks for the post.I haven't seen Mrs. Nollner since I took her class in 1988.It's good to here that she is okay and well.Not sure if any of you saw it - but there was an article in the "Davidson a.m." insert of the Tennessean a few days ago about Mrs. Nollner.It talked about her goal for WCHS as their new executive principal.In one of the quotes near the end of the article - she is asking for WC Alumni to reach out in support of the school.Mary Nollner, once a teacher there, hopes to raise test scores and increase parental involvementBy LEA ANN OVERSTREET â€¢ Staff Writer â€¢ August 4, 2008Mary Nollner intends to bring the pride back to Whites Creek High School now that she has returned to the school as its new principal.Nollner was a teacher there from 1986 to 1992.She said she knew before teaching at the school that it had a bad reputation for violence.Nollner said the beginnings of this reputation could be traced to less than three months after the school opened in the 1979-80 school year, when a student stabbed a fellow student, 14-year-old Darla Love, in the neck."We have to battle this negative perception that exists about our school," Nollner said."What happened with the stabbing was a horrible tragedy, but it shouldn't have defined this school.When I came here in '86, there were about 1,800 kids who all looked like they were on a college campus.They carried briefcases. â€¦ They were not bad kids, but people still had this perception about them and the school," Nollner said.Christy Lyons, a teacher at Whites Creek in her 21st year, agrees that most students are dedicated to receiving a good education and that having Nollner back is a welcome addition."Mary was a wonderful classroom educator, and her reputation as an effective principal precedes her," Lyons said.Nollner said the school is also haunted by struggling to meet No Child Left Behind benchmarks, giving yet more reason for outsiders to criticize the school.But she says just looking at the results of some of the data is not a fair indicator of the students and their abilities."I am all for accountability, but some things just don't have anything to do with what the students know," Nollner said.Maplewood High School, where Nollner spent time as an assistant principal, is the only school in the district to move into the SEA/LEA "reconstitution" phase under NCLB, the highest priority of action."Like we say around here, 'Once a Cobra, always a Cobra.' That's what I am, and I want to bring the Cobra pride back to this school," Nollner said.Nollner has 19 years of high school experience and five years of middle school leadership.She served as the assistant principal for Nashville School of the Arts and spent four years as an assistant principal at Pearl-Cohn.She is now the first woman executive principal at Whites Creek, and her goals for the school include increasing instructional strategies."And I want Cobra grads to come back and talk to the kids, give back to this school and the students," Nollner said.The fact that more than half of the school's faculty consists of first-, second- and third-year teachers does not discourage Nollner.It's just the opposite."These teachers are so eager, every one of them.We have a very young staff, and that will be a challenge, but a good challenge.We can learn together," she said.
The School of the Arts continued to grow as we gained assistant principal Mary Nollner in 2000, and executive principal ship changed hands to current principal Bob Wilson in 2001.Soon after, assistant principal Mary Nollner was given the interim executive principal position at Joelton Middle School.