Donna Wright, Ed.D, Director of Schools

Dr. Donna Wright

 

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Dr. Donna Wright has served as the Wilson County Schools Director, since July of 2014.  While she may be relatively new to Middle Tennessee, Dr. Wright is no stranger to public education.  Prior to being appointed as the Wilson County Schools Director, she spent more than three decades working in education as a teacher, a principal, and Deputy Director of Schools.  Since her arrival, the district has experienced some dramatic change, both in size and academics.


Growth

Since 2014, the student population in Wilson County has grown by 2,500, and roughly 200 new teachers and administrators have been hired.  In addition to that, the district is in the midst of its largest building campaign to date.  Five of the district’s 22 schools have undergone massive renovations over the past two years.  Springdale Elementary, in Mt. Juliet, just opened in August, and the Gladeville Middle School, which is currently under construction, will be open for students by the fall of 2019.  All portable classrooms have been eliminated from the district, and property has already been purchased for the next round of growth, which will include a new elementary, middle and high school in Mt. Juliet.


Awards

Parents and students in Wilson County have a lot to celebrate!

  • In 2016, Dr. Wright was named “Superintendent of the Year” by the Professional Educators of Tennessee
  • Last spring, The Center for Digital Education and The National School Board Association ranked Wilson County #2 in the nation for its pioneering use of instructional technology
  • Springdale Elementary was recently named “School of the Year” by the Tennessee School Board Association

Academics and Attendance

Last year, the district set its sights on some lofty goals, as it relates to student expectations and research-based instructional practices.  As a result, the needle is moving on all fronts.

  • Gladeville Elementary and Stoner Creek Elementary were among just 25 schools in the state recognized for ranking in the “Top 5% for Performance and Growth”
  • Upon graduation, more than half our graduates are eligible for the HOPE scholarship or 2-years of free community college, through TN Promise
  • Last year, 1,688 college credits were awarded to students enrolled in AP and/or Dual Enrollment classes… a 54% increase in just five years
  • Digital textbooks for math, science and social studies are currently being incorporated for all grade levels
  • The district consistently meets and exceeds all state benchmarks.

ACT Composite Score:

Wilson – 21,
State Average – 19.9

Graduation Rate:

Wilson – 96.2%
State Average – 88.5%

Attendance Rate:

Wilson – 94.9%,
State Average 2016 (K-8) – 95.4%
State Average 2016 ( High School) – 94%

The students, teachers, administrators, and parents have much to be proud of and to celebrate. We will continue to work diligently to help improve both achievement and growth as our students move through the school system.