Dr. Tawana Hughes

Dr. Tawana Hughes, Principal

Growing up in a highly sought after suburban area in St. Louis County was a rewarding experience, but developing my leadership style in the inner city was a greater reward. My educational background began in St. Louis, Mo where I earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in Mathematics from Harris-Stowe State University. I later earned a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri and a doctoral degree in Christian Counseling. My commitment to community service and leadership derives from my roots of being raised by two parents who are also ordained ministers and college graduates. Growing up in a two family household full of love, consistency, laughter and support is where I was taught how to balance humility and confidence. My commitment to community service in leadership roles are welcomed at Church on the Rock, Harvesters, Girls Inc., Harris Stowe State University, Miracle Temple C.O.G.I.C. and a shelter for abused women. I am a proud mother of a college graduate and an active member of Alpha Theta Omega Christian Sorority Inc.

"I am excited to serve TPS families and ensure that all students are affirmed with an equitable opportunity to learn by providing a platform that fosters learning with understanding, laughter, fun, innovative thinking and intentional teaching while learning everyday all day."

Prior to HPC, I served as an educator in urban, suburban and rural environments for 20 years, while 11 of 20 years were in a leadership capacity. I am most proud of being nominated as Principal of the Year, being awarded teacher of the year and instructional math coach of the year early in my career. Prior to leadership roles, I served as an elementary teacher, middle school math teacher and a district Math lead teacher. Additionally, I served as the professional development representative for elementary schools, wrote the math curriculum for grades KG-8 in a suburban school district and non-profit organization and presented at a variety of national conferences for Mathematics. Lastly, serving as a founding teacher and manager of a STEM program demonstrated my natural ability of establishing and maintaining a solid foundation for community based partnerships for staff and students at local universities, school districts and in the community.

I am humbly honored to provide direction for all staff and students and lead day-to -day building operations at HPC. With a strategic focus on shared decision making and academics, I will utilize my relationship building, innovative thinking and discern abilities to train staff through ongoing professional development to create a culture of excellence at Highland Park Central.

  Nettie Johnson

Mrs. Nettie Johnson, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Johnson is thrilled to be a part of the Highland Park Central family and community. Prior to her time at HPC, Nettie has served as a general education teacher and special education teacher since 2007. She completed her Masters Degrees for Special Education through KU and Building Leadership through Baker University. Equitable education and working to empower learners is truly her passion. She is honored to be working with HPC scholars, staff, and families each day.

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