From Hamilton County Department of Education: Robin Copp, principal at Ooltewah High School, has accepted a position with the new Partnership Network for school improvement with the Tennessee Department of Education. Copp was in her third year as principal at Ooltewah High School and was the 2017-2018 Tennessee principal of the year.  She had been a school administrator in Hamilton County Schools for the past 13 years with leadership stops at Signal Mountain Middle/High and Sale Creek Middle/High before taking over at Ooltewah. 

With Copp’s departure, Angela Cass, principal of East Ridge Middle School, will become the new principal at Ooltewah High.  Cass has 20 years experience in Hamilton County Schools. Cass has led East Ridge Middle to back-to-back Level 5 scores on the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System and East Ridge was recently named a Reward school by the state for 2016-2017.

At East Ridge Middle, Christy Drake moves from her role as assistant principal to interim principal.  Drake has been assistant principal at East Ridge Middle since 2013.