NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading Women 2018: Celia Conley

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Celia Conley is a lead educator with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. She began her career as a Special Education teacher before moving into school leadership. She has served as a teacher, Special Education Coach, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal. She is currently serving in her third year as Executive Principal of Antioch Middle School, one of the larger and most diverse schools in Nashville. Under her leadership, she has increased the student enrollment and staff retention rate. She has developed extensive community and parent relationships by bringing the Community Achieves Program in 2016, and establishing a PTO in 2017. A fearless advocate for all children, she truly believes a quality education is the gateway to success. Her high school experience has shown her that students often need early support to make college more accessible, so she added the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college success system to Antioch Middle.

Sought for her work in closing the achievement gap for students with disabilities, she has served as an instructional leader at both the middle school and high school level. At Glencliff High School, she led the team in making a shift towards utilizing the co-teaching model, and led the district in the percentage of hours students with disabilities were included in the general education setting. This led to an increase of students receiving a general education diploma. At Antioch High School, alongside the school leadership team, the school achieved Level 5 TVAAS scores, and Reward School status from the state of Tennessee. She led the Academy of Teaching and Service to earn model status from the National Career Academies Coalition in 2014. In 2015, she was a nominee from the Academies of Nashville for Assistant Principal of the Year.

She believes that all children can reach their personal best when mentored by a caring and committed professional. She encourages friends and family members to volunteer with youth in a wide range of settings such as schools, churches, and camps.

A Georgia native, she graduated with honors from Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, and Tennessee Tech University. Always a life-long learner, she stays abreast in the field of education with professional memberships and conferences. She is currently completing doctoral studies at Lipscomb University. She is a member of the Nashville Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Nashville Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.

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