Clarksville-Montgomery School System Names Four Finalist Directors

Four finalists were named as part of the Clarksville-Montgomery School System’s ongoing search for a new principal.

The nominees, recommended by the school board at its Tuesday meeting, are all current or former employees of Clarksville-Montgomery Schools (CMCSS), and the list includes Angela Huff, the district’s current acting superintendent of schools.

Joining Huff as finalists are Sean Impeartrice, director of academics for CMCSS, Jean Luna-Vedder, chief of student readiness for the Tennessee Department of Education, and Mason Bellamy, chief of academics and school for Nashville Metropolitan Public Schools.

The school board is due to vote April 19 on whether to accept the final four nominees. They were recommended by the Tennessee School Board Association, which was hired by CMCSS to solicit public input to determine the best possible candidates for the position.

There were originally 18 candidates for the position, said Ben Torres, TSBA’s deputy executive director and general counsel.

Huff took over as Acting Principal of Schools in June 2021 following the resignation of Millard House II.

Prior to her appointment as acting superintendent of schools, Huff served CMCSS as the district’s chief of staff from 2018-2021. She also served as Williamson County’s special project manager from 2016-2017.

Impeartrice has been with CMCSS since the 2016-2017 school year, when he served as the High School Special Education Coordinator.

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Now as academic director, Impeartrice oversees the education department and facilitates district initiatives, including the United States Department of Labor’s first-ever apprenticeship program for teachers.

Bellamy previously served as Director of Secondary Schools for CMCSS from October 2019 to July 2020 and Director of Elementary Schools from June 2015 to October 2019.

“The board set high search criteria, such as the ability to unify a diverse group and boost employee morale,” Bellamy told The Leaf-Chronicle. He also noted that parents and students in the district deserve a thorough search that identifies the right person for the job.

“I look forward to participating in the rest of the process,” he said.

Prior to leaving CMCSS for the Tennessee Department of Education, Luna-Vedder served the district as superintendent of high schools from July 2017 to October 2019.

Luna-Vedder first joined the district in August 2007 as a first grade teacher at Sango Elementary School.

“I am honored to be one of four finalists considered for this position,” Luna-Vedder said. “Having worked at CMCSS as a teacher and instructional leader, I have witnessed the accomplishments that occur when this community is unified to support the school system.”

Luna-Vedder said the district needs to maintain a collaborative approach to parenting.

The school board plans to interview candidates during the week of April 25-29.

A formal offer is expected in May.

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Jeremy S. McLain