Rachel Adams Named Principal of GMS

Rachel Adams has been selected as principal of Greeneville Middle School (GMS). Adams comes to GMS from Grandview Elementary School in Washington County, Tennessee, where she served as principal for the last three years. Prior to that, Adams served two years as assistant principal of Jonesborough Middle School. She started her teaching career in Washington County Schools at Jonesborough Elementary School where she taught 1st and 4th grades for eight years. Adams is passionate about ensuring equity and success for all students. She believes cultivating a rich learning environment with high expectations focused on meeting the needs of the “whole child” is essential for the success of all of our students.

Adams holds a Bachelor of Science in Education in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-6) from East Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction (K-12) from Tusculum University, and an Education Specialist in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. She is currently finishing her dissertation to attain a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.

Adams is a member of the Tennessee Department of Education’s Rural Principals Network (TPRN). Through her participation in TPRN she was able to strengthen her instructional leadership practices and gain valuable expertise in effectively building capacity in educators within a rural school. Additionally, she broadened her knowledge of curriculum and instruction through specific training and collaboration for rural administrators. Adams served as a district-level trainer for the McGrath SUCCEED with TRUE-SPEAK Leadership program. She is also trained in Mike Rutherford’s “Artisan Leader” teacher trainer program. Adams served as a district-level Artisan Teacher Trainer, focusing on the Skillful Observation and Coaching Laboratory, a school-embedded professional development experience that builds instructional leadership capacity for administrators, instructional coaches, curriculum specialists, and/or anyone who is responsible for the development of teachers and teaching.  Adams recently completed the Niswonger School Leadership Program and served as a mentor in Tennessee Department of Education Governor’s Academy for School Leadership.

During her tenure as Principal at Grandview Elementary School, the school was named a REWARD school for the 2017-2018 school year, and she was Washington County School District’s Principal of the Year in 2019.

Adams is a native of East Tennessee and has lived in Johnson City for the past 17 years. She is a proud mom to her 12-year-old son, Anthony, and married to her husband, Jarrod. She loves to cook, travel, hike, read, attend concerts and plays, and exercise especially running. She has completed four marathons and is looking forward to her fifth marathon soon!

Greeneville City Director of Schools, Steve Starnes stated, “We are excited to welcome Rachel as the new principal of Greeneville Middle School. Her proven record as an instructional leader, along with her heart and passion for serving all students, will be a great asset to the GMS team. I feel that with Rachel’s leadership, along with the support of the outstanding GMS faculty and staff, GMS will build on their longstanding tradition of excellence and attain even greater success.”

Adams shared, “I am honored and thrilled to join the Greeneville Middle School team and their tradition of academic excellence and phenomenal school spirit. I am excited to begin our work together and believe our combined experiences, knowledge, and passions will continue the tradition of excellence.”


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