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Miranda Manley selected as new DES principal

Miranda Manley selected as new DES principal
Posted on 06/01/2021
Superintendent Jeff Mayo announced on Tuesday his selection for Donelson Elementary School’s new principal. Miranda Manley, who currently serves in the ACS Central Office as the Accountability Supervisor, has been selected to lead the DES Bulldogs following a panel interview, which included ACS administrators and a DES teacher and parent.

“Mrs. Manley is a great communicator, very organized and a proven relationship builder with the capacity to effectively lead Donelson Elementary,” said Superintendent Mayo. “She is an innovative practitioner and enthusiastic with the goal of always keeping the focus on students. She brings a wealth of both school-based and district-level administrative experience and an unmatched work ethic to this position. She will be a model of professionalism for all staff members.”

Prior to joining the district in her current Central Office position, Manley spent more than a decade in school-level administration as assistant principal at Bailey Station Elementary in Collierville City Schools. There at Bailey Station, Manley was embedded in the day-to-day life of elementary school administration and was named Bailey Station’s Distinguished Administrator in 2013. She also assisted the school in receiving the TN Reward School designation for three consecutive years from 2017-2019. Manley has also been an assistant principal at Chimneyrock Elementary School and an elementary teacher at Lakeland, Kate Bond and Munford Elementary Schools. She holds a postgraduate degree from Cumberland University, a master’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis.

“I am truly humbled and excited to have been chosen to join Donelson Elementary School as the new principal. Donelson’s strong academic reputation in this community speaks for itself, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to be a part of its ongoing legacy. One thing I’m looking forward to and something I believe will be one of the most important parts of the position will be to create meaningful relationships with staff, students and families. Relationship building is the bedrock of a thriving school community. I’m looking forward to the interactions I’ll have with everyone in the DES family to help build an even stronger community.”

Manley and her husband, Billy, have lived in Arlington for the past 10 years and are the parents of two Arlington High School graduates, Taylor and Ashtyn.