About Us

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The mission of the Tennessee Principals Association is to support, empower, and connect Tennessee Principals.


The Tennessee Principals Association (TPA) was founded in 1939 as a support system for Tennessee school leaders.  Over the decades, TPA has evolved as the premier professional association for K-8 Tennessee principals as well as district leaders. 

Dr. Nancy Flatt Meador is the Executive Director of TPA.  Dr. Meador is a veteran educator with thirty-two years of experience and a former president (2013-2014) of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

Contact Information:                                    TPA Mailing Location
Dr. Nancy Flatt Meador                                  Tennessee Principals Association
Executive Director                                          P. O. Box 140227
(615) 390-7308                                               Nashville, TN 37214

TPA is a “Principal-led-Principal-driven” organization.  The 2017-18 Board of Directors (governing board) is led by seventeen school leaders from across the state (click on the “Our Team” button for Board Member contact information).

2017-18 TPA Board of Directors

Executive Board
President                                              Corey Williams
President-elect                                      Patricia Griggs Merriweather
Vice President                                      Robbie Norman
Past President                                       Dr. Marsha McGill
NAESP State Representative                 Dr. Janice Tankson
Secretary                                              Dr. Ann-Marie Gleason
Treasurer                                             Tara Loba
Executive Director                                Dr. Nancy Flatt Meador

Board of Directors
Membership, West                               Dr. Tanisha Heaston
Membership, Middle                             Dr. Robin Shumate
Membership, East                                 Shay Siler
NAESP President                                 Brian Partin
NAESP Zone 4 Director                        Sharon McNary
NAESP Director at-Large                     Kimbrelle Lewis
Federal/State Relations Coordinator       Dr. Ricki Gibbs
Social Media Coordinator                     Dr. Holly Flora
Assistant Principals                              Eric Hartfelder
Editor                                                   Catherine Prentis

TPA is a “joint state” with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).  Annual membership fees includes both state level and national level dues for K-8 principals.  All memberships in TPA/NAESP expire on a common expiration date of August 31 each year.  Legal benefits are provided through NAESP.

High school administrators are welcome to join TPA. As indicated on the TPA, K-8 Enrollment Form, secondary members who join TPA, are required to have a current membership in a national association of their choice (e.g., NASSP, ASCD). Legal benefits are not provided through TPA.

Questions pertaining to membership can be sent to:  membership@tnprin.org

Potential benefits of membership include:

  • Advocacy at state & federal levels
  • Legal benefits provided by NAESP for K-8 administrators
  • Print/non-print resources (e.g., magazines, newsletters)
  • State and National level conferences
  • Member discounts
  • Networking & collaboration
  • Leadership development & growth

Tennessee Principals Conference
Typically held the first weekend (Sunday-Tuesday) in December, the Annual Tennessee Principals Conference is a great to enjoy professional learning with colleagues from across the state.  TPA provides national level speakers at the conference along with an exhibit area and plenty of breakout sessions.  Conference information, including registration information, can be found on the TPA website.

Headquarters Location
TPA Headquarters is located in Nashville, TN.  Membership and conference registration can be sent to the following location:
Tennessee Principals Association
P.O. Box 140227
Nashville, TN 37214

TPA Mission Statement
The mission of the Tennessee Principals Association is to support, empower, and connect Tennessee Principals.