One of the most exciting new projects in the Diocese of Nashville, St. Michael Academy promises to establish a new standard in Catholic education. Set in the breathtaking landscape of Nolensville, Tennessee, the state-of-the-art facility will use indoor-outdoor classroom designs to captivate students as they further their Catholic faith and academic foundations.
With construction started in May 2022, St. Michael Academy will begin as a K-8 school, sharing grounds with Mother Teresa Catholic Church and later add a high school in the near-future. Both the church and school have experienced overwhelming interest to date, in the fast-growing Catholic community of Nolensville, Tennessee.
The inaugural Principal at St. Michael will have the support of the Diocese of Nashville Catholic Schools Office, a newly hired Director of Development, and parishioners in surrounding parishes. Starting in July 2023, the Principal will have a full year to establish curriculum, hire faculty and develop community connections before students arrive for the 2024-25 school year. This rare opportunity provides a visionary leader the opportunity to create a strong Catholic school with tremendous impact, as the first regional school of its kind in greater Nashville.
The first Principal at St. Michael Academy will have the opportunity to develop a diocesan school prekindergarten to eighth grade program from its very beginning, establishing the culture and traditions that will grow as the grade levels advance each year. The Board currently anticipates opening prekindergarten and primary grades, with enrollment beginning in fall of 2023. The priorities, opportunities and challenges ahead include the following:
Establishing a school in-line with the Diocese of Nashville and the Board’s commitment to academic excellence and robust Catholic education;
Leading the school in its important relationships with the Diocese of Nashville, the supporting parishes (Mother Teresa, Holy Family, Nativity, St. Luke, and St. Philip) and the community;
Fundraising and creating a culture of giving to the school, including the start of an endowment;
Hiring and engaging highly trained teachers in academics and the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd;
Connecting with families in the greater Nashville and Nolensville community for enrollment, culturebuilding and social engagement;
Serving as the face of St. Michael Academy and a dynamic leader to the children and families.
Qualifications and Personal Attributes
The most competitive candidates will offer most or all the following qualifications and qualities:
A practicing Catholic with thorough and demonstrated knowledge of Catholic school education;
A visionary with energy and a commitment to creating a strong school community;
Experience with establishing a new school, both the physical space and programs;
Familiarity and experience with diocesan-school relationships;
Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with inspiration and clarity;
Strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit.
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to contact the consultants in confidence. Candidates will ultimately need to submit the following materials as separate PDF documents:
A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position;
A current résumé;
A statement of educational philosophy;
A completed Candidate Questionnaire (to be provided by the consultants);
A list of five professional references with name, relationship, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission) to: