Johnson City's Woodland Elementary School will soon have a new principal.
Director of Schools Richard Bales announced Friday that he had appointed Dr. Karen Reach, an assistant principal at the city's Liberty Bell Middle School, to succeed Dr. Tracey Crowe.
“Dr. Reach is a proven administrator with a track record of inspiring students to achieve at higher levels and building collaborative relationships with teachers and parents,” Bales said in a news release. “I am confident that Woodland Elementary will continue as one of the top elementary schools in the state under her leadership.”
Dr. Reach will begin her tenure at Woodland Sept. 3. Reach has served the past two years as assistant principal at Liberty Bell.
“It has been my privilege to serve the students, teachers, parents, and staff members of Liberty Bell Middle School, and I know they will continue to thrive as an outstanding community of learning,” Reach said in the news release. “As we move forward, I am truly honored to be a part of the team at Woodland Elementary School.
"I look forward to working collaboratively with our students, teachers, parents, staff members, and the community as we continue building upon those many successes that define Woodland Elementary as an exceptional learning community.”
Prior to coming to Johnson City Schools, she served as a teacher and curriculum specialist in Bristol City Schools. Reach holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education; a master's degree in school leadership; and a doctorate in educational leadership from East Tennessee State University.
Crowe is relocating with her family to another state.
“Dr. Crowe has been an exemplary leader as the principal of Woodland Elementary for the past five years,” Bales said. “Under her guidance, the school was named a 2010-2011 Tennessee Reward School. I wish Dr. Crowe and her family much success.”