Community invited to meet-and-greet new Bellevue Middle principal


ABOVE: Seth Swihart // Photo via Facebook

 

STAFF REPORTS

Bellevue Middle School has a new principal who can’t wait for school to start to introduce himself so he’s hosting a meet-and-greet session for the public next week.

“I am so excited that I have been named the new principal at Bellevue Middle School,” Seth Swihart said on Tuesday. “I would love to see everybody and introduce myself on June 11.”

Hosted by the school’s PTO, the planned 90-minute session for interested community members begins at 6 p.m. at the school, 655 Colice Jeanne Road. Swihart will meet with teachers and staff at 4:30.

The 41-year-old educator comes to the “Home of the Owls” after serving as principal at JT Moore since 2015. He taught history at Hillsboro High School in Green Hills for 11 years before going to JT Moore.

Swihart replaces Mark Pittman, who had led Bellevue Middle since Dec. 2014.

He and his wife, Miriam, live in Bellevue with their three kids — one will be a sixth grader in the fall. The others attend Harpeth Valley Elementary.

“I live here in Bellevue, my kids will go to Bellevue Middle, and I cannot imagine a better opportunity to invest in my community than by being principal at Bellevue,” he said

The new principal is a 2000 graduate of Kenyon College with a B.A. in Sociology, later earning his M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Vanderbilt University. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctorate in Education at Vandy and hopes to finish in May 2021.

Swihart also coached basketball and soccer at Hillsboro and was thrice named Hillsboro’s Educator of the Year (2010, 2014, 2015). He earned status as a National Board-Certified Teacher (2011) and also was named Tennessee History Teacher of the Year. More information can be found on the PTO’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ptobellevue/

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