NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Adrienne R. Battle

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Dr. Adrienne Battle currently serves as a Community Superintendent for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Her primary responsibility is supporting all PreK-12 schools in the Southeast Quadrant and all MNPS high schools. Prior to being appointed a Community Superintendent, Dr. Battle served in many capacities as a professional educator. Her tenure includes serving as an Executive Lead Principal, Executive Principal, Network Lead Principal, Curriculum Principal, Teacher, Adjunct Professor at Tennessee State University and University of Phoenix.

Dr. Battle has a proven track record of facilitating quality learning experiences for students and families across Davidson County. One of her most recent successes as a professional administrator was as the Executive Principal of Antioch High School. During her tenure at AHS the school experienced significant increases in student academic performance, ACT composite growth, graduation rate and attendance rates. Additionally, school overall growth performance consistently increased. According to the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS), student performance made substantially more progress than the standard for academic growth in the state with level 5 ratings for literacy, numeracy and overall composite over the last three years. Dr. Battle transformed what was designated a low performing school in 2010 to a high performing school as the Executive Principal. Through her commitment to academic excellence, Antioch High School was designated a 2014 Tennessee Reward School which acknowledges the top 5% of schools for progress in the state for year-to-year progress. This designation was the first recognition for a zoned MNPS high school. Through Battle’ s leadership, the Academies of Antioch obtained National Model Academy Accreditation. Antioch High School was also named a 2015 Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education, an International Baccalaureate School and AVID National Demonstration School. Additionally, Antioch High School was among the first schools in MNPS to become a Community Achieves School in the district to ensure support for providing wrap around services for students and families as well as creating strategic business and community alignment to address key areas related to health & wellness, college & career readiness, parent & engagement and social services to improve academic outcomes for all students.

Adrienne is an alumna of Metro Schools, graduating from John Overton High School. After graduating she accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Missouri State University where she later received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She later continued her advanced studies at Tennessee State University where she obtained her Master’s, Educational Specialist and Doctoral degrees. As a doctoral student and Adjunct Professor at Tennessee State University, she had the distinguished honor of being nominated and awarded a Barbara Jackson Scholar through the University Council of Educational Leadership and American Educational Research Association. Additionally, she previously served on the Board of Directors for the YMCA by volunteering, fundraising, and serving as a mentor. She has also received the Civic Award for her community service through MNPD and MNPS, she was the recipient of the 2015 William J. & Lucille H. Field Award for Excellence in Tennessee Secondary School Leadership by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and named the 2015 Academies of Nashville Executive Principal of the Year.

Through Dr. Battle’s many professional experiences, she has a unique perspective on how to be a transformational leader within education and the community. As a result of her hard work and dedication in the field of education and in the community, she has earned the respect of those around her.

Adrienne’s hobbies include running, reading and traveling with her family. She is a role model for youth and the students that she serves. She was a long-time member of the Continental T-Belle Track Club under the direction of Coach Sam Smith. Adrienne is married to long time educator, Dr. Darren Kennedy and has one son, Aaron Kennedy. She is a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

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