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Mrs. Tori Ruis

Dr. Tori Ruis
Oakland Middle School


Tori Ruis is the principal of Oakland Middle School located in Murfreesboro, TN. Oakland Middle School is a 6-8 grade middle school with approximately 1100 students.  Tori has served as the principal of OMS for one year, and served as an assistant principal in a large comprehensive high school for six years prior to becoming a principal. She is also a former U.S. History teacher. She has a Bachelors and Masters degree from Tennessee Technological University and an Educational Specialist degree from University of the Cumberlands.  In October 2018, Tori earned her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.

During Tori’s time in administration she has spent an enormous amount of time focused on building a school wide literacy initiative that provides students with the ability to learn how to effectively read and write in order to prepare all students for college and career readiness. 

Tori is a strong academic leader who believes in Professional Learning Communities concept of building strong collaborative teams. In 2013 – 2014 Tori was named as the NASSP Assistant Principal of the year for the State of Tennessee and was honored at the national convention in Washington DC during the spring of 2014.  


Takisha Ferguson
Assistant Principal
Oakland Middle School


Takisha Ferguson has been an educator for 8 years in secondary schools at both the middle school and high school levels.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Middle Tennessee State University.  Takisha taught French and English at the secondary education level and served as a Curriculum Coach before becoming the Response to Instruction and Intervention Coach of Oakland Middle School located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Takisha was honored as LaVergne High School's Teacher of the Year.  As an academic school leader, Takisha believes that to truly prepare students to be college and career ready in the 21st century, educators must understand how paramount literacy is in all content areas and create a school-wide plan with a focus on improving those necessary reading and writing skills.



Chris Chambers
Assistant Principal
Oakland Middle School


Chris Chambers has been an educator in Rutherford County for the past twelve years. Chris is currently serving in his first year as an Assistant Principal at Oakland Middle School, however he is in his third year of administration. Prior to working at OMS Mr. Chambers served as an assistant principal at La Vergne High School, one of the large comprehensive high schools in Rutherford County.  Mr. Chambers has a plus thirty degree from Lipscomb University in Leadership and Supervision and also has a Masters’ degree in business and an undergraduate degree in Physical Education.  Prior to entering administration Mr. Chambers served as Physical Education teacher, a Dean of Students, and the Varsity boys’ basketball coach. During Chris’ time in education he has spent a tremendous amount of time building relationships with students and teachers and working diligently to establish a team environment both on the basketball court and as a leader in the building in which he works.  As a school leader Chris believes that the way that to achieve ultimate success is to establish an environment where individuals trust one another enough to be honest, and are willing to push one another to a higher level of performance and dedication to what they believe.


Sarah Britton
Assistant Principal
Oakland Middle School




Sarah Beth Britton is currently serving in her first year as an Assistant Principal at Oakland Middle School. Sarah Beth has been an educator since 2006, which has included teaching pre-K, first, second, eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh grades. Her teaching career began in West Tennessee; however, she continued teaching in Florida where she also served as a basketball coach and school and district-wide literacy leader at the secondary level. Since returning to Tennessee in 2011, she has been at La Vergne High School for seven years. During her tenure at La Vergne High School, Mrs. Britton taught English II, served as Curriculum Dean/PLC Facilitator, Dean of Students, and Response to Intervention Coach.

Mrs. Britton has spent a tremendous amount of time developing and implementing curriculum, mentoring teachers, assisting literacy programs, facilitating Professional Learning Communities, and fostering influential relationships among her students and colleagues throughout Tennessee and Florida. Mrs. Britton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies from Union University and a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin. As an academic leader, Mrs. Britton believes in the power of an effective teacher. She believes if teachers are supported, equipped and empowered, their power and influence knows no bounds in the lives of students.