A Hamilton County high school principal has been honored for her work in Tennessee education during the annual banquet on Tuesday night.

Dr. LeAndrea Ware, principal of the Howard School in Hamilton County Schools, was named Tennessee’s 2019-20 Principal of the Year. Having previously served as principal at East Lake Academy and in district administration roles, Ware was chosen as the interim principal of the Howard School in 2017-18 and was named principal this year. Known for her energy and passion, Ware works each day to create an environment of success for all students.

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




Dr. Ware was among nine principals and nine district supervisors, respectively, selected as regional finalists after being nominated by their peers for the title.

The winners for the three Tennessee grand divisions were also recognized at the honorary banquet.

Ware was named Tennessee Principal of the Year and East Grand Division winner.