LEAD Public Schools announced today that Ms. Kelly McMullen will be the new resident school director for Brick Church, LEAD’s 5-8 college preparatory middle school serving the needs of students in North Nashville in the Whites Creek cluster.

Ms. McMullen will join LEAD on May 1 and take the reins of Brick Church on June 1. Chief Academic Officer Jay Brown will continue to lead the school as interim school director through the end of this school year.

A former assistant principal in New Jersey who moved to Nashville in 2015 as the senior director of K-8 education at the Martha O’Bryan Center, Ms. McMullen comes to LEAD with more than a decade of middle school teaching and leadership experience. As a resident school director, Ms. McMullen will report directly to Ms. Brown with additional support from Head of Schools Ms. LaVoe Mulgrew.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ms. McMullen to the LEAD family as our new school leader at Brick Church,” said CEO Chris Reynolds. “She brings a wealth of experience to the school in this leadership role and we know she is excited to work with our students, families and staff members. We believe her energy and passion will be contagious across the school.”

McMullen holds a master’s degree in Public and Urban Educational Leadership from the Teachers College at Columbia University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in Spanish from Loyola College in Maryland. She is certified as an administrator in Tennessee, New York and New Jersey.

“I believe that every child should have choices and opportunities when it comes to their future and that it is our job as a community to educate and prepare them to pursue the future of their choosing,” Ms. McMullen said. “I'm excited to join the Brick Church community, from families to staff, as we raise up and open doors for the next generation.”

Prior to moving to Nashville, McMullen served for three years as an assistant principal at Melvin H. Kreps Middle School in East Windsor, N.J. At Kreps, McMullen fostered respectful relationships with parents and families to support student growth, both academically and socio-emotionally. She prioritized communication with families in the form of home phone calls, frequent emails and one-on-one meetings with families.

Also at Kreps Middle School, McMullen established and coordinated the school’s first-ever “Back-to-School Night” in Spanish, followed by three years of “Familias Latinas,” evening events held to build strong relationships with the school’s Latino community.

McMullen began her career in education as a biology teacher at Woodcliff Academy and also taught 8th-grade science at Fred W. Martin Middle School in Jersey City.