Dr. Farrah Cope, a vice principal at Austin Peay Elementary, has been named to prestigious Governor’s Academy for School Leadership Program for the 2018-2019 school year.


The Governor’s Academy for School Leadership is a yearlong leadership cohort that consists of 20-25 vice principals from across the state of Tennessee.


During the yearlong partnership between the Governor’s office, Department of Education, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and public schools, the participants will work to develop their capacity for leadership. They will attend program-training meetings in Nashville one weekend a month for the next year and attend a week long summer institute at Vanderbilt University. The fellows will also be assigned a highly effective principal to shadow for the school year.


Upon completing of the program, fellows will be expected to pursue placement as a school principal within their district or region.


A majority of last year’s participating vice principals became school level principals, including Brighton Elementary principal LaToya Avery.


“The GASL program did a great job preparing me for the challenges and responsibilities of being an elementary school principal. I was also able to meet and make connections with fellow educators from across the state,” said Avery.


The GASL program offers many benefits to its participants, including advancing their educators license and earning a certificate of completion from Vanderbilt University. The program is funded by the state of Tennessee and each participant receives a stipend for his or her efforts.


Dr. Cope holds a bachelor's degree from University of Memphis, a master's degree from University of Tennessee at Martin and a doctorate from the University of Memphis. She worked as a classroom teacher and curriculum coordinator before becoming a vice principal in 2015. She is the only Tipton County vice principal selected for the Governor’s Program this year.


Her family has a strong legacy of education in Tipton County. Her father, Dr. Tim Fite, was the superintendent of schools in the late 1990s and early 2000s.


More information about the Governor’s Academy for School Leadership can be found on the state’s website, TN.gov.

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​