Heavenly Host Lutheran School selects new principal

COOKEVILLE – Heavenly Host Lutheran School is pleased to announce that Dr. Zachary Murphy has been named the new principal for the 2019-2020 school year.  

Murphy earned his Bachelor of General Studies in biology and psychology, his Master of Education (M.Ed.) in secondary education, Education Specialist (Ed.S) in instructional leadership, and Doctor of Education in educational leadership (Ed.D), all from William Carey University, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Murphy as the new principal,” said Bernie Wickersham, Heavenly Host Lutheran School board chairman. “His exceptional experience and education will be great assets to our students, teachers and school community.”  

Murphy comes to Heavenly Host Lutheran School from Mississippi, where he most recently served as the executive director of Emerge Visionary Academy. He previously was the director of curriculum and instruction at the Baton Rouge College Preparatory Charter School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and served as assistant principal and held educator positions within the Laurel and Hattiesburg Public Schools and Covington County Schools.  

“I truly believe God led me here to join and lead the Heavenly Host Lutheran School family,” said Murphy. “Collectively, this is the most passionate, spirit-filled, God-led group I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Being principal here isn’t just a job to me, it’s truly where I’ve been called to be. When I walk into this school each time, there is nothing like it. God’s peace permeates this place. He is welcome and loved here, and so are you. You just feel it.” 

Heavenly Host Lutheran School is a private, Christian elementary and middle school serving grades K – 8and infants through Pre-K4 in the early childhood center. Its mission is to provide students with Christ-centered teaching and excellent academics that prepare students for service to God, community, and family. Located in Cookeville, Heavenly Host Lutheran School celebrates over 25 years of providing Christian education in the community. Visit online at www.hhls.org or call 931.520.3766 for more information.

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