This school year LEAD Public Schools is proud to welcome Dominique Torres as principal at LEAD Neely’s Bend. Torres is the first Latina principal in the LEAD Public Schools network. As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we are thrilled to highlight a principal that is representative of the students at LEAD Neely’s Bend.
“Being the first Latina principal means the world to me,” said Torres. “I love that I am able to be a role model for many of the students we serve.”
Torres began her teaching career with Teach for America Miami-Dade Corps. Prior to her role as principal, Torres excelled as a teacher at Neely’s Bend. Six years later, she has grown into an administrative leader and is providing support to teachers whose shoes she once filled.
Growing up, Torres was always drawn to education and learning. As a child, one of her favorite things to do was play school with her younger sister. Torres is following in her mother’s footsteps, who also served as a school principal.
“I LEAD because of the community that we serve in Madison,” said Torres. “Being a neighborhood school allows us to see generations of families come through our doors. Years later, when you see former students and families at graduations, sporting events, or community events it feels like you are seeing family members at your annual reunion.”
This year, LEAD Neely’s Bend was recognized as a Level 5 TVAAS school, the highest score a school can receive for student growth, and exited the priority list based on its academic performance. LEAD Neely’s Bend is the only state charter school in Nashville’s history to exit the priority list.
“I have been blessed to be a part of this school’s transformation to excellence and we are still climbing,” said Torres. “Our students and our families deserve the type of love and high-quality education that we provide here at the Bend!”