GREENEVILLE, TN – April 28, 2017 – Brenda Ottinger, current principal of Highland Elementary, has made the decision to return to the classroom. Ottinger said that, “Due to personal and family reasons and obligations, I have requested to return to an elementary classroom.”
Ottinger has been the principal of Highland Elementary for 9 years, and she has been in education for over 25 years. “Highland is a wonderful place I have been blessed to be a part of,” said Principal Ottinger. “I will always treasure the memories I have made with each student and their family.”
“I immensely appreciate the leadership that Ms. Ottinger has provided to the students and families of Highland Elementary,” said Dr. Jeff Moorhouse, Director of Greeneville City Schools. “I respect Ms. Ottinger for her decision to put children first, and we are praying as she takes on additional family responsibilities at this time.”
Under Principal Ottinger’s leadership, Highland Elementary became a Leadership Academy with full implementation of The Leader in Me Program. This program’s goal is to help students develop leadership skills to succeed in the future and has been a tremendous success. Principal Ottinger said, “By building cooperative relationships, nurturing kindness, and expecting responsibility and good judgement, Highland is creating a successful community of leaders.”
Highland Elementary also offers a “Tuition-Free” program for students who reside outside of city limits. The Board of Education recently extended this pilot program an additional two years to 2019 at the March 2017 meeting.
We are committed to finding an outstanding leader that will continue the fabulous work of this staff,” said Dr. Jeff Moorhouse, Director of Schools. “We will be posting this position immediately and begin this important work of finding the next dynamic leader to guide this school and students to their limitless potential.”
“I wish you all many blessings as we move forward,” said Ms. Ottinger. “Thank you for your support during my tenure as Principal.”