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Tabetha Banks named ACS Principal of the Year

Tabetha Banks named ACS Principal of the Year
Posted on 01/29/2021
In her first year as Arlington Middle School principal, Tabetha Banks led a school reopening following a 6-month closure and navigated students’ return amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. She and her team successfully created and implemented an entirely new concept in public education, called Virtual Hubs, as a way to bring back as many students into the building while maintaining a suitable learning environment.

In the face of all this and on top of her regular duties, helping her staff acclimate to a new leader, and those first-year jitters, Ms. Banks led with “her positive spirit and unparalleled work ethic…and provided an excellent example” of what it means to be a new principal.

It’s for those reasons and many more why Banks was overwhelmingly selected through anonymous ballot by the district’s executive staff and principal peers as this year’s ACS Principal of the Year.

“Ms. Banks has been outstanding as a first-year principal,” one comment said. “Her organization, planning and collaborative work efforts have been outstanding under the COVID umbrella. She is always proactive in all problem-solving and provides sound solutions in working with teachers, staff, students and parents.”

“Ms. Banks is very strategic in her thinking and planning,” another colleague said. “She is very organized and has done an outstanding job building relationships and making morale positive throughout the pandemic.”

In addition to representing ACS as the district’s Principal of the Year, Banks will also be submitted for the TN Principal of the Year competition.

“Ms. Banks doesn’t appear to be a new principal,” Superintendent Jeff Mayo said. “She has taken great care of her staff and students. She’s shown so much innovation around making sure her students have continued to be able to have in-person learning by instituting the virtual learning hubs. She has managed sports and extracurricular activities during this pandemic with great intentionality and grace.”