Director of Schools

  • Dr. Donna Wright

    Dr. Donna Wright has served as the Director of Schools for Wilson County since July of 2014. Prior to being appointed as the Director of Schools in Wilson County, Dr. Wright spent more than three decades working in education as a teacher, a principal, and as Deputy Director of Schools.  Dr. Wright has made a commitment to increase academic achievement and provide the resources needed to accommodate our growing county.


    Student population in Wilson County Schools continues to increase, with the current PK-12 student enrollment of 18,402.   Roughly 800 new teachers and administrators have been hired since 2014.  In addition, the district is in the midst of its largest building campaign to date.  Five of the district’s twenty two schools have undergone massive renovations over the past two years.  Springdale Elementary, located in Mount Juliet, opened in August of 2017.  Gladeville Middle School, which is currently under construction, will be open for students by the fall of 2019.  All portable classrooms have been eliminated from the district, and property has already been purchased for the next phase of building projects, which will include a new elementary, middle, and high school in Mt. Juliet.


    In 2016 Dr. Wright was named “Superintendent of the Year” by the Professional Educators of Tennessee Last spring, The Center for Digital Education and The National School Board Association ranked Wilson County #2 in the nation for its pioneering use of instructional technology and Springdale Elementary was recently named “School of the Year” by the Tennessee School Board Association.

     Dr. Wright received the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce “Wilsonian of the Year” award in 2017.

    Academics and Attendance

    Under Dr. Wright's leadership the Wilson County School System sets lofty goals for its students.  As a result, the needle is moving on all fronts.

    • Gladeville Elementary and Stoner Creek Elementary were among just 25 schools in the state recognized for ranking in the “Top 5% for Performance and Growth”.
    • Upon graduation, more than half our graduates are eligible for the HOPE scholarship or 2-years of free community college, through TN Promise.
    • Last year, 1,688 college credits were awarded to students enrolled in AP and/or Dual Enrollment classes… a 54% increase in just five years. Digital textbooks for math, science, and social studies are currently being incorporated for multiple grade levels.
    • The district consistently meets and exceeds all state benchmarks.

    ACT Composite Score:

    Wilson – 21
    State Average – 19.9


    Graduation Rate:

    Wilson – 96.2%
    State Average – 89.1%


    Attendance Rate:

    Wilson – 95.0%,
    State Average 2016 (K-8) – 95.4%
    State Average 2016 (High School) – 93.9%

    The students, teachers, administrators, and parents have much to be proud of and to celebrate. We will continue to work diligently to help improve both achievement and growth.