Steve Chauncy of Hillwood wins Executive Principal of the Year

Hillwood High School's Dr. Steve Chauncy won Executive Principal of the Year at the 2012 Academies of Nashville Awards on Monday, May 14. As executive principal, Dr. Steve Chauncy has led with a strong vision of every Hillwood student graduating high school with a solid plan for a successful life in college and careers. The school currently has three academies that are undergoing the process for national accreditation by the National Career Academy Coalition. While accepting the award, Dr. Steve Chauncy spoke confidently about his school's candidacy: "Building the Academies at Hillwood has been a process. I'm confident that our school is on the verge of being nationally recognized."Dr. Steve Chauncy executive principal Hillwood High School Dr. Chauncy has prioritized personnel and technology in implementing the academy model of project-based learning at Hillwood High School. Hiring and retaining quality teachers has been crucial to the success of the flourishing Academies at Hillwood. Dr. Steve Chauncy helped launch a personal laptop program in his school that has put computers in the hands of more than six hundred Hillwood students, an initiative that has transformed the role of technology in instruction.

Hillwood has enjoyed wonderful success over the past few years under Dr. Steve Chauncy's leadership in the Academies of Nashville program. During the last three years, the school's graduation rate as increased by twenty percent. Students are enjoying the benefits of real-world learning opportunities, job shadowing, and internships with Hillwood's academy partners. Some students are even pursuing professional certifications while still in school. The academic rigor at the school remains high with more than 20 Advanced Placement courses, the Academic Scholars Program, ACT preparation programs, and full inclusionary practices for exceptional education students.

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce presented the 2012 Academies of Nashville Awards with the support of sponsors Deloitte and Altria. The awards were determined through a vote of MNPS administrators and executive staff, school board members, teachers, and community partners. These nominations were based on the National Career Academy Coalition‘s National Standards of Practice.