HCS Launches Fourth Leadership HCS Class
Posted on 10/17/2022
HCS Launches Fourth Leadership HCS Class

Chattanooga, Tenn (Oct. 17, 2022) -- The fourth Leadership Hamilton County Schools (Leadership HCS) cohort held its first session on Thursday, October 6th.

Leadership HCS seeks to create opportunities for a diverse group of community leaders and stakeholders to understand HCS in a unique way. Participants experience both the successes and challenges of how HCS supports its students.

“Leadership HCS invites key influencers in our community to experience the strengths and opportunities of our district," said Dr. Sonia Stewart, Hamilton County Schools Deputy Superintendent. "Allowing these change makers a chance to see the intricacies of Hamilton County Schools creates space for them to become champions of our students and district. Our students' success is a shared responsibility, and through this program, we hope to cultivate advocates among these leaders to ensure the community is supporting our vision of all students thriving.”

Participants will attend eight monthly sessions running from October to May, with each focusing on a different action area of Hamilton County Schools. The 2023 cohort began learning about Accelerating Student Achievement and governance in public education during the program's first session. In addition to exploring the remaining district action areas, participants will experience being "principal for a day," ending with a deep dive into how the school district budget is created and implemented.

The 2022-23 cohort consists of 16 community leaders, including Geoff Millener, Chief Operating Officer of The Enterprise Center. "Blake Freeman ended our first session to a round of applause as he said, 'I believe public education is a right, and that it should be excellent.' The opportunity to participate in Leadership Hamilton County Schools, following in the footsteps of and walking alongside so many brilliant minds — I'm leaving our first day inspired and excited about what's to come, for our group but especially for our students and families,” said Millener.

Leadership Hamilton County Schools 2023 Cohort

  • Jocelyn Loza, Latina Professionals of Chattanooga, Executive Director
  • Geoff Millener, The Enterprise Center, Chief Operating Officer
  • Eduardo Centurion, Maclellan Foundation, Program Officer
  • Lee Hope, Chattanooga Public Library, Head of Children’s & Youth Services
  • Dr. Shane Brown, Lee University, Director of Teacher Education, Field Experiences and Certification
  • Jill Black, Hamilton County Schools, District 11 School Board Representative
  • Stefanie Dalton, City of Red Bank, Vice Mayor of Red Bank
  • Kelly Flemings, KELCURT Foundation / Soddy-Daisy Community Library, Education & Outreach Coordinator
  • Chelsea Johnson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Director of Community Relations and Foundations
  • Danielle Farmer, Real Estate Partners Chattanooga LLC, Marketing Director/Operations 
  • Gayle Lodato, Helen Ross McNabb Center, Senior Director of Greater Chattanooga
  • Cory Howard, Cempa, Chief Operating Officer
  • Jim Morgan, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga, Chief Executive Officer
  • Dr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach
  • Chief Glenn Scruggs, Chattanooga Police Department, Assistant Chief of Police
  • Anthony Sammons, City of Chattanooga, Administrator, Office of Community Development

Visit here for more information on Leadership Hamilton County Schools.