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Principal of New Murfreesboro Elementary School Named




Trey Duke has been named Principal of Murfreesboro City Schools’ newest elementary school, scheduled to open in August 2019. Duke will assume his new role in January and will oversee the opening and hiring for the school.

“Mr. Duke’s experience and leadership are ideal for the role of Principal of our newest school,” says Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Murfreesboro City Schools. “He is a student-centered instructional leader with an amazing vision for empowering students to succeed academically and personally.”

Duke has more than fifteen years in education and currently serves as the Coordinator of Federal Programs and RTI for Rutherford County Schools (RCS). In that role, Duke has provided administrative direction and support for all Federal ESEA programs and has overseen the instructional coaching program.

He has been an innovative leader in instructional technology and is well-known for his commitment to the professional development of teachers and administrators. In addition, Duke has served as a classroom teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal.

“As difficult as it is to leave Rutherford County Schools, I am excited to be a part of the Murfreesboro City Schools’ team. I look forward to being surrounded by students again on a daily basis,” says Duke. “This is a unique opportunity to be on the forefront of establishing an amazing school tradition and I want to thank Dr. Gilbert and MCS for this great opportunity. I am anxious to meet students and families and begin selecting the team for our school in the upcoming months.”

Duke received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). He is currently completing his Doctorate Degree in Assessment, Leadership and School Improvement also from MTSU. Duke has received numerous awards for his contributions to education including being named the 2018 Rutherford County Supervisor of the Year, 2016 TNTESOL Administrator of the Year, and 2008 Milken National Educator- Tennessee recipient.

The newest elementary school, referred to as Southwest Elementary until a name is selected, is located off Veterans Parkway and St. Andrews Drive. The twostory school is designed for up to 1,000 students and will follow the footprint of Overall Creek Elementary.

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