Gregory Patterson, associate superintendent of elementary schools, and Sandra Tinnon, associate superintendent of middle schools, were allowed to remain in their central office leadership positions when Jesse Register took over in January 2009.
During a massive central office reorganization, Register said the two had been in their current positions less than a year and should be given the opportunity to work under the new structure.
It turns out a year under new leadership was enough for the pair. Metro Nashville Schools announced Thursday that the two longtime leaders will be retiring June 30.
“Sandy and Greg are beloved educators who have made their marks on thousands of students over their decades of service,” said Jesse Register, director of schools. “Over the years, their students have mastered the required curriculum while learning important life lessons as well. Both of these fine educators have inspired some of their students to become teachers, which is the ultimate compliment.”
Patterson is retiring after more than 30 years with the district. In 2003, his peers selected him to receive the National Distinguished Principal of the Year for the state of Tennessee. In 2004, he received the Administrator of the Year Award from the Metropolitan Nashville Principal Association and the Distinguished Alumni Award from TSU. Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education honored Patterson with the Distinguished Educator Award in 2008.
“I have had a glorious career with Metro Schools and it has been an honor and privilege to work with all of the students, teachers, parents, support staff, administrators and community,” said Patterson. “I have enjoyed every aspect of my career and I look forward to continuing my work in the field of education.”
Tinnon began her career with Metro Schools in 1977 as an elementary school teacher before finding her professional home in middle school education. She earned the Teacher of the Year honor from John Trotwood Moore Middle School in 1988 and has served as a middle school assistant principal, a middle school principal and an executive director of learning support services.
“As a product of the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, I have enjoyed investing myself in continuing the challenges of providing quality education for students in this District. The opportunity to serve my home community has indeed been my pleasure for the last 32 years,” said Tinnon.
“Throughout this year, I have contemplated retirement; however, it was very important to me to begin the middle school reform effort. Now that this initiative is underway, I can look forward to retirement and spending time with my family including the arrival of my new grandchild.”
“Sandy has focused her talents on serving students who are making the often difficult transition from childhood to adulthood, and on supporting their teachers,” said Register. “That can be a tough assignment and Sandy has handled it with unfailing grace and good humor.”