In 2014, we founded the Nashville Academy of Computer Science with the bold idea that all students should take computer science as a core academic subject. Three years later, our founding trailblazers are in seventh grade.
This spring, we conducted a search for the best Principal in the nation to lead NACS through the next phase of its growth.
We're thrilled to introduce our new Principal, Stephanie Jarrett-Thorpe.
Introducing Ms. Jarrett-Thorpe
Stephanie Jarrett-Thorpe is a 15-year veteran educator with experience in instructional coaching, professional development, and curriculum development. Most recently, she served as the Principal of Democracy Prep Congress Heights, a K-8 charter school in Washington DC. She believes that empowered teachers, engaged scholars, and supportive families are the key drivers in ensuring a successful change initiative.
Stephanie is excited to be moving to Nashville, and is looking forward to leading the Nashville Academy of Computer Science. “NACS has a strong foundation to build upon. It has caring and supportive teachers, enthusiastic scholars, an engaged parent and family network, and RePublic has a reputation for being able to achieve impressive outcomes for our kids. I am excited to work among other energized leaders to drive dynamic results for the scholars of NACS.”
What our team has to say
Annie Robison, Director of Schools
"Stephanie has a passion for supporting all scholars and leading them towards success. During her interview at NACS, she spent time getting to know our scholars and fell in love with them. With her track record of results, I’m confident she’ll lead NACS to be the best middle school in Nashville."
Halim Genus, Assistant Principal, NACS
"Stephanie brings a critical eye for building and maintaining positive school culture and instructional excellence. I'm excited to begin working with her and pushing NACS to the next level."
More About ms. jarrett-thorpe
Stephanie started her career as a 5th grade teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland. During her eight year tenure, she was a teacher, department chair for both math and science, and curriculum writer. She took two years off following the birth of daughter, and during that time, she volunteered by helping local non-profit organizations with proposal writing and program development. She also served as the Special Education Chair on the PTA of her son’s school to represent her son and his classmates. Her focus in that role was to promote equity, inclusion, and access for children in the school’s autism program.
Upon returning to work full time in 2011, she led the middle school math transition from DC Standards to Common Core State Standards. For three years, she worked as a coach, curriculum/assessment writer, and she completed her Principal Residency with the New Leaders Aspiring Principal’s Program.
Most recently, Ms. Jarrett-Thorpe was a founding leader at Democracy Prep Congress Heights, in Washington DC. There, she completed the Emerging Leaders Program with Building Excellent Schools, and had the opportunity to visit some of the top performing schools in the country, including RePublic’s own Nashville Prep and Liberty Collegiate. She earned her B.S. in Marketing from Morgan State University and her School Leadership Certification through New Leaders and Trinity University in Washington, DC.
When not working, Stephanie enjoys listening to live music, dancing, eating, and cooking. She enjoys exploring with her two children Nicholas and Naomi, and loves planning events for her family and friends.