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Mr. Brad Decker
Principal
Oakland Middle School
 
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Mr. Decker is entering his 16th year in education. He began his career in 2007 at Siegel High School as an Economics teacher and basketball coach. In 2010, he was hired as part of the inaugural staff at OMS and served 7 years as a teacher, Head Boys Basketball Coach, Dean of Students, Department Chair, and Principal Designee. Mr. Decker was then hired as the first Assistant Principal at Rocky Fork Middle School where he helped open the school and establish a culture of success and community. He then had the opportunity to come back to the Oakland community in 2018 as an Assistant Principal at Oakland High School where he served until being named Principal at OMS.
 
Mr. Decker received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Education from Middle Tennessee State University, followed by his Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision from MTSU, and finally his Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from MTSU.
 
Mr. Decker believes the foundation of a successful school is built on trust, transparency, safety, effective Tier 1 instruction, and effective PLCs. He believes in the partnership between the school and parents to provide a safe and successful learning environment for all students at Oakland Middle. High expectations and accountability coupled with support and a caring approach will be at the core of every decision that is made for the students, parents, and staff of Oakland Middle School.
  
Chris Chambers
Assistant Principal
Oakland Middle School
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Mr. Chambers

Chris Chambers has been an educator in Rutherford County for the past thirteen years. Chris is currently serving in his fourth year as an assistant principal at Oakland Middle School and is in his seventh year of administration. Prior to working at OMS, Mr. Chambers served as an assistant principal at LaVergne High School, one of the largest comprehensive high schools in Rutherford County. Mr. Chambers has a +30 degree from Lipscomb University in Leadership and Supervision, a Master's degree in business, and an undergraduate degree in Physical Education. 

 

Prior to entering administration, Mr. Chambers served as a Physical Education teacher, Dean of Students, and the Varsity Boys’ Basketball coach. During his time in education, Mr. Chambers 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, Mr. Chambers believes that the way 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 Beth Britton
Assistant Principal
Oakland Middle School

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Ms. Britton

Sarah Beth Britton is currently serving in her third year as an assistant principal at Oakland Middle School. Mrs. Britton has been an educator since 2005, 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 served at LaVergne High School for seven years. During her time there, Mrs. Britton taught English II and served as Curriculum Dean/PLC Facilitator, Dean of Students, and Response to Intervention and Instructional 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 know no bounds in the lives of students.

 

Dr. Angela Hughes
Assistant Principal
Oakland Middle School

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Ms. Hughes

Dr. Hughes is entering her 23rd year in education. She began her career in 1999 as a teacher for missionary families in Mexico City. Later she taught high school English at the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico City.

 

In 2004, Dr. Hughes returned to Tennessee to work as a graduate assistant and later to teach 5th grade at John Colemon Elementary. Dr. Hughes then moved to the border town of Brownsville, Texas where she taught for 4 years. In 2011, she became an Academic Administrator for Ortiz Elementary where she was the campus administrator for curriculum and instruction for 3 years. She later served as a Texas Literacy Specialist for a year before returning to Tennessee in 2015. She taught ESL at Hobgood Elementary for a year before serving as an Education Consultant for the TN Department of Children Services (DCS).

 

Dr. Hughes later served as an ESL teacher for LaVergne Middle School before joining Oakland Middle School in 2020. She was selected by the TN Department of Education as a reviewer for Educator Preparation Providers (EPP) programs and an ESL presenter. She has served as a bias and sensitivity reviewer for WIDA. During her time with Rutherford County, she has been a department lead, curriculum lead, dean of students, and curriculum writer, as well as been on the campus leadership and assessment team. She currently is serving as an Assistant Principal at Oakland Middle School.

 

Dr. Hughes received her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from MTSU. She completed the Administration and Supervision Program from the University of Texas at Brownsville. She earned her Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction and her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University.

 

Dr. Hughes believes there is no greater investment than pouring into the next generation. She believes students should not only be able to attain knowledge through reading, thinking, and experiencing, but to confidently and critically apply new knowledge. Individuals should always be growing, progressing, and contributing. Through continually learning, students are enabled to continually add more value to themselves, their families, and their communities.