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New Bartlett High School Ninth Grade Academy Principal Katie McCain is excited to get the chance to work with kids again on a daily basis.

She was notified recently that she has been selected to lead the school beginning on July 1.

“I felt like I had just been drafted by the number one team,” McCain said. “I’m beyond excited.”

<strong>Katie McCain</strong>
Katie McCain

As the Bartlett City Schools (BCS) 6-12th Instructional Supervisor for the past eight years, she has played a big role in growing the school, which opened in 2014, the same year as the municipal district.

“A lot of these teachers, we built the academy together. I sat in on their interviews. So it’s very full circle,” said McCain, who will oversee approximately 700 students when classes begin in August. “I very much believe in the academy model. When you’re merging several middle schools, I think it’s a great transition and gives students a chance to get to know each other without adding all of the (grades) 10 to 12 students.”

Now with nearly 20 years working in education, McCain earned her master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Mississippi and began her career as a math teacher at Millington High School Freshman Academy.

“We had a lot of success at Millington,” McCain said. “The teachers were very much like a family, and we could really treat the whole child, not just the academic side.”

She also previously worked as the lead district math teacher with Shelby County Schools and as an assistant principal at Millington Central High School.

“I always knew I wanted to be in education,” McCain said. “Both of my parents retired from Shelby County Schools in a variety of positions. I guess it’s in our blood.”


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