Dear Percy Priest Elementary School Families,

We are pleased to announce that our director of schools, Dr. Adrienne Battle, has appointed Dr. Russell Young as the Principal of Percy Priest Elementary School.

Dr. Young’s educational career began as a classroom teacher and coach in Massachusetts before moving to Nashville in 2012.  During his time in Nashville, he has served as a teacher at The Cohn Learning Center, an a\Assistant Principal at Hunters Lane High School, and most recently as the Executive Principal at West End Middle School for the past three years.

Dr. Young earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.  He continued his education in Nashville, earning his Doctorate in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change from Lipscomb University in 2016.

Dr. Young and his wife, Tiffany, are also proud Percy Priest parents.  The oldest of their three children is a rising first grade student.  Dr. Young is honored to have the opportunity to serve and to lead in the Percy Priest community.

Thank you to those who volunteered to sit on the interview panel.  Your participation is important in making sure our principal selection process is successful.

You will have the opportunity to meet, ask questions and share ideas during a meet and greet that will be scheduled later this summer. We hope you can join us to welcome your new principal, Dr. Russell Young.


Mrs. Susan Cochrane, Executive Director
Dr. Damon Cathey, Associate Superintendent