Both Mt. Pleasant Middle School and Mt. Pleasant High School will have new principals for the 2022-23 school year.

The announcement came on Tuesday, May 31 from Maury County Public Schools. Kevin Eady will take over on July 1 as principal of Mt. Pleasant Middle School, while Eric Hughes will become principal of Mt. Pleasant High School on the same day.

Eady will be transitioning from Columbia Central, where he had been the principal since July 2021. He has also held previous positions as Assistant Principal at Whitthorne Middle, Principal at McDowell Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Mt. Pleasant Middle, EA Cox Middle School and Hickman County High School.

“It’s not often someone gets to return to a previous position,” Eady said in a statement. “I want to go and work hard for everyone at MPMS and begin building the structure to grow and be successful in all aspects of education.”

Eady earned his bachelor’s degree in education from MTSU in 1995, his master’s degree in administration and supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2002, and his Educational Specialist in Curriculum from MTSU in 2009.

Hughes has been working in the Maury County school system since 1996 and will move from a teaching role at MPHS into the principal’s position. He has taught classes including U.S. History, Government, Economics and World History at MPHS since July 2015 and has previously taught at Columbia Central. He was named the MPHS Teacher of the Year for the 2009-10 school year.

Hughes has also served at Spring Hill Elementary, Santa Fe Unit School and Mt. Pleasant High School during his career. A 1991 graduate of Mt. Pleasant, Hughes received his associate’s degree from Columbia State, a bachelor’s in Social Studies from MTSU in 1995 and a master’s in Administration and Supervision from TSU.

“It is an honor to be named principal of Mt. Pleasant High School,” Hughes said. “I appreciate (Superintendent Lisa) Ventura’s confidence in me to lead the students of MPHS. I want to continue the work Dr. (Ryan) Jackson and I have accomplished during the past six years. It is our responsibility to help students develop a four-year plan, whether it is the college path, TCAT, or straight to the workforce, that will enable them to be successful citizens in our community.”

Last Friday, the district announced the hiring of new assistant principals at Columbia Central and Spring Hil Middle School.

Sonya Cathey will join the Columbia Central staff, while Kassi Fox will assume the role of assistant principal at Spring Hill.

Cathey is a 1989 graduate of Hampshire Unit School and holds a bachelor’s from MTSU and two master’s degrees from the University of Phoenix. She has taught reading and science at EA Cox and math at Culleoka Unit School, where she also served as Academic Facilitator. As an administrator, Ms. Cathey has served as principal at Horace O. Porter School and has been a middle school principal in the Milan Special School District and an elementary principal for Marshall County Schools.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with the faculty and staff at Columbia Central High School to assist every student with achieving greatness and reaching their potential!” Cathey said.

Fox holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech University and two master’s degrees from the University of Memphis. In 2019, after years of teaching American History, she went back to Tennessee Tech to earn her Educational Specialist degree in Instruction and Curriculum.

Fox’s first teaching position was at Geeter Middle School in Memphis City Schools. When her family relocated to Spring Hill, she joined the faculty at Heritage Middle School in Williamson County, where she stayed for nine years. In 2020, she joined the Spring Hill Middle staff as an eighth-grade teacher.

“I am absolutely elated to join Ms. (Shanda) Sparrow in leading the amazing faculty at Spring Hill Middle. From the moment I was hired at SHMS, it immediately felt like home,” Fox said.

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