Diana Green new principal of Granville Elementary
Diana Green thought she had a choice when Tennessee's Hamilton County school district officials offered her a job at a newly created fine arts magnet school. She said, "Thank you very much, but I like where I am."
The superintendent moved her anyway from her position as principal at an elementary school to the Chattanooga, Tenn., middle school that was on "The List."
"I cried for three days," Green said Wednesday from the principal's office at Granville Elementary School, where she fills the vacancy left by Bev Harvey who resigned this year.
Green said her first year as administrator of the magnet school was awful as she implemented changes in faculty and curriculum. But two years later, the state removed the school from its corrective action list, and she "absolutely loved" her school.
After four years, she experienced a repeat of being wrenched from the magnet school and her teachers as the district transferred her to Chattanooga's largest middle school with a population of 1,200 students.
Not surprisingly, Green fell in love with her new school and continued her content area literacy program, working with teachers and curriculum, and leading students to achieve the highest district gains in reading, math and science in 2005.
So when the Humboldt Unified School District Search Committee asked her how long she planned to stay at Granville, her answer was a no-brainer, "As long as you want me here!"
On Wednesday, Green borrowed a school key and walked the halls of Granville Elementary School as the district's newest principal.
She said she wouldn't be making many changes the first year.
"I honor traditions that are already established. It's not my school, it's the school where I work," Green said.
One of her elementary teachers inspired Green's love of teaching that grew to the passion it is now. She said she remembers thinking as she left her classroom one day in the fourth grade, "I want to be teacher."
"I never veered from that," she said, adding that in high school she returned to work under that teacher who told her, "Diana, you have the gift. You have to be a teacher."
She loved working with her students in fifth through eighth grades, thinking she never wanted to leave the classroom. But as she learned more about the literacy needs of adolescents, Green began working with district and statewide teacher training and curriculum programs. That led to earning an administrative certificate and nine years as principal in one elementary and two middle schools in Chattanooga.
This past year, she worked with the Humboldt Unified School District as a consultant at the middle schools in curriculum and literacy areas.
Her husband Bob Green is vice-principal at Glassford Middle School. Between the two of them, they have four children and a new 8-month-old grandchild.