Sparrow working on her license

Friday, April 15, 2011

One of the assistant principals at Marshall County High School should have an administrator endorsement for their teaching license before the start of the next school year.

Shanda Sparrow, a 1992 graduate of MCHS, is in her 11th year with the Marshall County School System. She taught special education and coached at Lewisburg Middle School until she was promoted to the assistant principal position by then-director Dr. Stan Curtis in 2008.

Current schools director Roy Dukes confirmed that Sparrow is working on her administrator endorsement now. He said she's already passed the written test, and is scheduled to take the final classes at Middle Tennessee State University this summer.

Just having the endorsement will not mean an increase in Sparrow's pay, Dukes said. Her salary already reflects the fact that she has a master's degree from MTSU, and includes a bonus for working as an assistant principal.

It is not a state requirement that assistant principals have an administrator endorsement. Amanda Morris, deputy director of communications for the Department of Education, wrote in an e-mail, Tennessee school districts are able to configure administrator responsibilities in a variety of ways. However, in general, principals/assistant principals are expected to have the following qualifications:

* Valid teacher's license with appropriate endorsement as an administrator...

* Administrative or supervisory experience...(minimum three years teaching experience)

* Minimum of a master's degree.