Normal Park Museum Magnet School principal Jill Levine has announced she will take a sabbatical during the next school year to take a position in the U. S. Department of Education.  Here is the text of her letter to parents:

Dear Normal Park Parents,

I am writing to share some exciting news with you.  I will be taking a one-year sabbatical during the 2014-2015 school year in order to serve as the first full time Resident Principal at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.  As you may know, I was appointed by Secretary Arne Duncan to serve as one of three Principal Ambassador Fellows for this school year, and my service in that position has been a fantastic experience and true honor.  (

In the coming school year, I will work in Washington full time to advise the Department on policy related to school leadership, while also conducting outreach to principals throughout the nation.  This is also an incredible opportunity to share with the nation what I have learned as a principal in the Hamilton County School System for the past twelve years.

My family and I will be moving to Washington for the year, and we expect to return to Chattanooga in the summer of 2015, at which time I plan to resume my role as principal of Normal Park.  In the meantime, the district is working to find an interim principal for Normal Park for the 2014-2015 school year.

In collaboration with a wonderful team of teachers, administrators and parents over the past twelve years, we have created a dynamic school that engages students in creative, exciting and rigorous learning.  Our success is a result of great teachers and dedicated students who learn together by traveling, exploring, creating, building, problem solving and thinking.  Our success is also a result of parents and a community who are focused on supporting the school and continuously working to make it better.  I am confident that these traditions of excellence will be carried on by my outstanding faculty and by dedicated parents while I am in Washington. I look forward to celebrating more achievements together in the future!


Jill Levine