Germantown, Tennessee—November 13, 2019—Dogwood Elementary has a new principal. Jessica Woody, a longtime Germantown Municipal School District educator, was chosen to lead the 700-student school. She replaces Teresa Price who has become the Assistant Superintendent of Academic Education.
Mrs. Woody has been working as an educator for twenty-two years. She taught social studies, math, and reading for nine years; served as an Instructional Coach for Shelby County Schools; and has spent the last twelve years as an Assistant Principal at Houston Middle School.
At HMS, Mrs. Woody excelled at positive parent communication, developing meaningful relationships with students, and building an inclusive school culture. Mrs. Woody has also played an active role in GMSD’s Blue Chips program which helps to develop new teachers in the district.
"I have been blessed to work with the most amazing children and staff during my time at Houston Middle School,” said Jessica Woody. “Few people in the world can say that they love going to work every day, and I truly do.”
"Jessica is a proven educational leader who is down to earth and loves interacting with students and staff," said Superintendent Jason Manuel. "Her knowledge of our district will be a huge benefit in preparing elementary school students to take advantage of the academic opportunities at Houston Middle and Houston High School."
Mrs. Woody is a University of Memphis graduate and the proud parent of an HHS student. Interestingly enough, she attended Dogwood Elementary School as a student. She is excited to begin her new post back where it all began. “I am so excited about this new opportunity at Dogwood Elementary and look forward to continuing the outstanding work that happens every day at DES,” said Woody.