mentoring. He heads up the technology efforts in his school so will be very valuable in working with computer laboratories. He has superior organizational skills and has headed up major efforts for the school district before. Among these were the institutional reorganization effort, the parent education program, and the development of school district Web sites.
Dr. Allen has fifteen years of experience as a principal. When he took over the Ripley Middle School, it was a failing school. Last year it won a state award as one of the best middle schools in the state. Student test scores went from way below the state average to among the top performing schools in the state. His institutional reorganization plan was adopted by two other school districts as a model plan. The parent education program has trained over 100 parents a year for three years. All schools now have a Web site and the district has an umbrella site.
Dr. Allen served as an assistant elementary school principal in the Nashville City Schools, Nashville, Tennessee. He was hired as principal of an elementary school for Ripley City Schools in 1989. Seven years ago he took over as principal of Ripley Middle School. He has been the staff representative to the Tennessee Education Association for the past three years.
President of Education Mentors Association, 2001 Ripley district representative for the Tennessee Education
Association, 2001-2004 Chairman of the Tennessee Teachers for Technology Education, 2000 Board Member, Ripley Library, 1999 to present Mentor—Big Brothers of Ripley, 1998 to present
Master's in Elementary Education, University of Kansas, 1983 Doctorate in Secondary Education, University of Tennessee, 1989 Postdoctorate work in Public Administration, 2000-01
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