Spangler named principal at BCHS

Jones to be Oak Grove principal

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Posted 6/15/19

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG

Banner Staff Writer

Two local schools — Bradley Central High School and Oak Grove Elementary School — are welcoming new principals this summer.

New Oak Grove Principal Stephanie Jones and new BCHS Principal Patrick Spangler were introduced to the Bradley County Board of Education during a recent meeting.

“I have had a great experience in Bradley County Schools and am thrilled to be joining the team at Oak Grove,” Jones said.

She most recently was an instructional coach at Valley View Elementary School. She said her journey into the education field was an unconventional one.

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Spangler named principal at BCHS

Jones to be Oak Grove principal

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Two local schools — Bradley Central High School and Oak Grove Elementary School — are welcoming new principals this summer.
New Oak Grove Principal Stephanie Jones and new BCHS Principal Patrick Spangler were introduced to the Bradley County Board of Education during a recent meeting.
“I have had a great experience in Bradley County Schools and am thrilled to be joining the team at Oak Grove,” Jones said.
She most recently was an instructional coach at Valley View Elementary School. She said her journey into the education field was an unconventional one.

She started her career as a certified public accountant and worked in the accounting and banking industries. After becoming a mother, she realized she loved working with children and wanted to be an educator.
Jones takes over from Buck Watson, who is going to be working as a science teacher at Ocoee Middle School.
“I could not have asked, as an educator, for a more special and humbling opportunity,” said Spangler, who is an alumnus of BCHS. “To be a student, an athlete, a teacher, a coach and administrator, and to go back and lead that school, is so special.”
He was most recently the Business Academy principal and assistant boys’ basketball coach at BCHS.
Spangler, who comes from a family of educators, joked he had been “forced” to enter the education field, but loves working with faculty and students.
Spangler takes over from Todd Shoemaker, who has accepted the position of supervisor of secondary education for Bradley County Schools.
The district has also announced it will welcome Rene Diamond as its new supervisor of elementary education. She was most recently the executive director of educational effectiveness at the Tennessee Department of Education.
Supervisor of Secondary Education Danny Coggin and Supervisor of Elementary Education Sheena Newman are both retiring this summer after decades with Bradley County Schools.

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