Clarksville-Montgomery County School System Announces Additional Administrative Appointments for May 2022

Montgomery County, Tennessee – On May 19, 2022, the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System announced the following administrative appointments for Kirkwood High School, Middle College at APSU, Northwest High School, Barkers Mill Elementary School, Rossview High School and New Providence Middle School.

Principal of Kirkwood High School

Jessica Pepper
Jessica Pepper

Jessica Peppard was selected as Principal of Kirkwood High School beginning in July 2022. Peppard has served as Principal of Northwest High School since 2019.




Previously, she served as vice principal, academy administrator, and athletic director at Northwest High School; an academic coach in the North East and North West high schools; and an English teacher at Northwest High School and West Creek High School.

She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change at Lipscomb University. She received her Masters in Educational Leadership and Bachelors in English from Austin Peay State University.

Kirkwood High School is scheduled to open in August 2023. Over the next year, Peppard will be responsible for many critical functions to ensure Kirkwood High is ready to welcome students for the 2023-2024 school year.

Middle College at APSU Principal

Dr Phyllis Casebolt
Dr Phyllis Casebolt

Dr. Phyllis Casebolt has been chosen as Principal of APSU’s Middle College, replacing Dr. Theresa Muckleroy who will retire at the end of this school year. Dr. Casebolt is currently Director of Federal Programs.

She has worked for CMCSS for over 30 years, previously serving as Director of Educator Quality; principal at Clarksville High School and West Creek Middle School; Vice-Principal at Rossview Secondary School; and teacher at Ringgold Elementary School, Richview Middle School and Moore Magnet Elementary School. She also has teaching experience at Thackston Elementary School in Knoxville.


She has been an advisor and reader for doctoral students at Trevecca Nazarene University. She earned her Ed.D. in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University, a Masters of Education from Austin Peay State University, where she also completed her undergraduate studies, and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Minot State in North Dakota.

North West Secondary School Principal

Brandi Blackley
Brandi Blackley

Brandi Blackley has been chosen as the principal of Northwest High School, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. Blackley is currently an assistant principal at Kenwood High School. Previously, she served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Grades 9-12 and Vice-Principal at Northwest High School.




Prior to starting her career at CMCSS in 2017, she was Vice-Principal at Covington and Brighton Secondary Schools and held educational support positions in Shelby and Tipton counties.

Additionally, Blackley has 18 years of teaching experience at schools in Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. During her 25-year career in education, she has served on numerous curriculum, assessment, and professional learning committees at the school, district, and state level.

She received her master’s degree in educational leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.

Deputy Principal of Barkers Mill Elementary School

Patrice Collins
Patrice Collins

Patrice Collins has been chosen as vice-principal at Barkers Mill Elementary School. Collins is currently an assistant principal at West Creek Middle School. Previously, she was a teacher at Northeast High School, teaching ACT prep and criminal justice classes.

Other education experiences include serving as a fourth-grade teacher, college counselor, collaborative teacher, and substitute teacher. Prior to entering public education, she held positions as a project coordinator and program director for civic organizations and served as an attorney for the Kentucky Circuit Courts.


She served in the US Army for three years of active duty and six years of reserve. She earned her MAT in Elementary Education from Trevecca Nazarene University, her Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and her BS in Organizational Management and Human Resources from Colorado Christian University. She earned her certification in Educational Administration from Western Kentucky University.

Deputy Principal of Rossview Secondary School

Dr. W. Riley Braem
Dr. W. Riley Braem

Dr. W. Riley Braem has been selected as Vice Principal at Rossview Secondary School. Dr. Braem is currently the Director of Theater at Northwest High School. He has served as the CMCSS Senior Theater Arts Teacher since 2016 and has held other school and district leadership positions.


Previously, he was a high school special education teacher and a theater instructor at APSU, MTSU, UT Martin, and ASU. He earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Austin Peay State University, an MFA in Theater for Young Audiences from Arizona State University, a Certificate in Theater for Young Audiences for Youth with Complex Disabilities from the Rose Bruford College of Theater and Performance in the UK Uni and a MAT in Secondary Education and BS in Theater from Austin Peay State University.

New Providence Middle School Deputy Principal/Teacher Split Position

Megan Green
Megan Green

Megan Groene has been selected to take on a vice principal/teacher position at New Providence Middle School. Groene has been a teacher at New Providence Middle since 2019 and previously taught for four years at Minglewood Elementary School.


In addition, she has held several leadership positions at the school and district level. She has twice won Teacher of the Year and won both the Distinguished Educator Award and the Green Apple Award.

She has completed the CMCSS Leadership Series and the CMCSS Aspiring Administrators Academy. Groene earned both his Ed.S. in Reading and MS in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University and his BS in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa.

Jeremy S. McLain