Officials of Metro Nashville Public Schools have tapped an educator from Florida to be Stratford High School’s new principal.
Beginning July 1, Michael Steele, a former assistant principal and principal who most recently worked in Jacksonville, Fla., will bring his nine years of experience in education to Stratford.
“I am excited to be a part of the Nashville team,” Steele said. “My plan is to accentuate the positive in others and help them realize their vision. I can’t wait to start working with the staff at Stratford, as well as the students and parents. I want us to be exceptional at everything we do.”
MNPS administrators are touting Steele’s experience overseeing small learning communities. At Stratford, three small learning communities are available — the Academy of Science and Engineering, the Academy of Entrepreneurship, and the Academy of Liberal Arts.
Steele’s background includes service in the U.S. Marine Corps and more than 10 years as a law enforcement officer. He began his educational career as a special education teacher and guidance counselor before earning his educational leadership degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree in psychology and counseling from Troy University.