Ooltewah High School Principal Robin Copp has been named Principal of the Year for the state of Tennessee. 

Though this is her second year at Ooltewah High School, Copp has served in school administration for 12 years. No matter the grade level, she believes in creating student-centered schools, which are first and foremost focused on teaching and learning. To support this model, Copp has instituted a professional learning framework to support the educators at her school and further develop them as teacher leaders. Students credit her for being visible, accessible and involved in all school activities.

The award was announced Monday evening at an honorary banquet during the department’s LEAD conference, a statewide convening for Tennessee’s leaders in districts, schools, and classrooms.

“Leaders set the tone for their school and district, and we are fortunate to have these accomplished educators serving the districts and students in our state. It is an honor to recognize their service,” Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen said. “These two leaders prove that strong vision and high expectations are key to providing a world-class education for our students.”

The annual Principal of the Year award recognizes administrators who have helped provide educational opportunities for Tennessee students through their leadership, programs, and vision. Copp was among nine principals selected as regional finalists.

The Tennessee Department of Education Principal of the Year award goes to principals who demonstrate superior abilities in managing and motivating students and faculties, evoke high standards, demonstrate a commitment to excellence, implement innovative programs, and have a proven track record of exceptional gains in student learning.