Mrs. Felicia James, Principal, Smyrna Primary School
Felicia James joined Smyrna Primary School in 2017. She has served as an educator for sixteen years with fifteen being in Rutherford County. Her career began at Stewartsboro where she taught 2nd grade. Mrs. James has also taught 6th grade, served as a technology coach, and assistant principal.
Mrs. James grew up and attended school in Bedford County graduating from Community High School. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Middle Tennessee State University. Mrs. James resides in Murfreesboro with her husband, Russ, and two children, Kenzie and Gavin.
Mrs. James believes that clear communication, relationships, and high expectations are key components to creating successful teachers and students. Her favorite quote is by Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” What we believe and think is powerful and determines our success or failures.
During her free time, Mrs. James enjoys spending time with family, being involved at church, and doing anything crafty.
Mrs. Angeline Hale, Assistant Principal, Smyrna Primary School
Mrs. Hale has been a Smyrna Primary Husky since 2003. She started out teaching Kindergarten and 2nd grade before becoming the Library Media Specialist in 2009. In January of 2019, she started in her new role as Assistant Principal.
Mrs. Hale moved to Tennessee from South Florida when she was in the 4th grade. She moved to Liberty, TN and graduated from DeKalb County School in 1999. She attended Middle Tennessee State University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in K-8th Education and a Master's Degree in Library Science. In December of 2019, she graduated from Lipscomb University with an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership.
She is married to Tim, a local percussion instructor. Together they have two children, Rosa Grace and Asher. They have two cats, Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth, and a dog, Bella. Mrs. Hale's favorite thing in the world is to read a good book. If she can read it on the beach, that's even better. She also enjoys watching movies, organizing things, spending time with her friends and family, and serving at her church.