Franklin Special School District names new principal for Franklin Elementary School

Anne Riley
Anne Riley has been named the new principal of Franklin Elementary School. (Courtesy Franklin Special School District)

Anne Riley has been named the new principal of Franklin Elementary School. (Courtesy Franklin Special School District)

Franklin Special School District announced Nov. 21 it has named Anne Riley to serve as the new principal for Franklin Elementary School.

Riley has worked as the assistant principal for Franklin Elementary for the past eight years, according to FSSD.


“Mrs. Riley has been a strong and steady presence at Franklin Elementary School over the past eight years,” FSSD Director of Schools David Snowden said in a statement. “There is no question that she understands what it takes to be a school principal and we are excited to see her build upon Franklin Elementary’s many successes. She has played a major role in the school’s many achievements, and we are confident she will bring a leadership style that appreciates the school’s long history of excellence with an eye to the potential of what lies ahead.”

Riley replaces David Esslinger, who was named the district's new associate director of schools for finance and administration earlier this month following the retirement of Charles Arnold.

“It’s been a pleasure to serve as Assistant Principal at Franklin Elementary for the past eight years, but I am extremely honored to have been named the principal," Riley said in a statement. "I look forward to continuing to build relationships with students, parents, and our faculty and staff in my new role as we work as a team to ensure all of our students reach their highest potential with the full support of the Franklin Elementary School community behind them.”
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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