Martha M. "Cookie" Greer
John Sevier Middle School
Kingsport City Schools
Kingsport, Tennessee

Cookie Greer found shared leadership crucial to school success in her previous principalship. In her relatively new position as a middle school principal, she is once again entrusting teachers and other staff members to share in school decision making.

“We’re laying the foundation for our school to become a professional learning community, and collaborative leadership will ensure that decisions at Sevier make achieving our goal possible,” she says. As principal of George Washington Elementary School for more than a decade, Greer oversaw innovative educational practices such as a multiage program that grouped students with the same teacher for three years. The school also based instruction on brain and learning research. Despite initial community opposition to the multiage program, the school staff received validation in the form of such national recognition as a 2001 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. In 2005, the site became one of 10 U.S. elementary schools named Intel/Scholastic Schools of Distinction. This honor specifically noted the staff’s strong teamwork. In 2006, Greer’s school won praise as a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School for its best practices. Greer became principal of John Sevier Middle School in 2009. The small-town school houses 742 students in grades 6 through 8. Greer earned a B.A. at Louisiana Tech University and an M.Ed. at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas.