Metro lures Brentwood principal to lead Cameron

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 4:57pm

Cameron Middle School has a new leader to guide its transformation from a public to a charter school, the school district announced Tuesday.

Veteran educator Chris Hames, formerly an assistant principal at Brentwood High School, will work with Metro Nashville Public Schools Office of Charter Schools, state officials and LEAD’s governing board.

MNPS voted this spring to gradually give Cameron’s leadership to LEAD Academy. The school will be the first in Tennessee to make the public to charter change.

Funds from federal Race to the Top funding will be used to create an Achievement School District, an effort to make sure the school is well-managed, in compliance with state and district guidelines, and offers a high-quality, innovative learning experience for students.

Hames began his career in 1994 in Shelby County as a U.S. History and U.S. government teacher. After six years, he accepted an administrative role in Middleton, Tenn. While there, he handled seventh-12th-grade discipline, developed a school improvement plan and designed the master schedule. In 2002, Hames was selected to be assistant principal at Fairview High School in Fairview, Tenn. During his time at Fairview, Hames also served as technology coordinator, and he implemented a training course for new teachers on classroom management.

Most recently, Hames has served as assistant principal at Brentwood High School, a position he held for five years.

Hames has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Alabama. He also has a M.S. in Leadership Studies in Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.