Dr. John Ash
Dr. Ash has been in education for 35 years. He has taught at Smith County High School, Brentwood High School, and LaVergne High School. Dr. Ash taught many things but primarily AP chemistry, honors chemistry, and physics. He has served as a head football coach, head baseball coach, track coach, and basketball coach. Dr. Ash began his administrative career as an assistant principal at LaVergne High School. He then had the privilege of being the first principal of Christiana Middle School. Dr. Ash served in that capacity until he was hired as the 1st principal at Central Magnet.
During his time at Central Magnet he has been named the 2014 and 2018 NASSP Principal of the Year for the state of Tennessee. He has also received the AF Bridges Sportsmanship Award from the TSSAA. Central Magnet has been named the number 1 school in Tennessee and was named the number 5 school in America in 2019 and the number 7 in 2022.
Dr. Ash has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 34 years. The couple has two children, Dr. John E. Ash and Megan S. Dunn.
Dr. Amy Guthrie
Amy Guthrie has been teaching in Rutherford County for 26 years. She has been teacher of the year in 2009 and 2011 as well as Rutherford County District Level Teacher of the Year. She has served as a reader for the Princeton Review, a Pearson cut score analyst and a Quality Assurance Review Team Member for AdvancEd.
She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Wellness from Belmont University completing her internship at St. Thomas Hospital. Additionally, she has an emphasis in English Literature and a Minor in Education. She has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Guthrie successfully defended her dissertation in 2004 with her study of Year Round Schools: A Study of Student Achievement. In the spring of 2012, she completed +30 hours of post-doctoral studies in Educational Leadership with an endorsement in Administration and Supervision.
Michelle Huffman began her educational career in her home state of Arkansas in 1997. After moving to Tennessee, she was hired by Rutherford County in 2002. Mrs. Huffman taught social studies classes at Christiana Elementary School and Christiana Middle School where she also served as a mini school team leader, cheer coach and sponsored several clubs. Mrs. Huffman has been a part of the Central Magnet School faculty since its inaugural year in 2010, teaching in the middle school, high school, and as the College and Advisory Coordinator.
Mrs. Huffman received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Henderson State University and her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Lipscomb University. She is married to Randy and they have two daughters, Maggie and Audrey.
Mr. Nichols is entering his 23rd year in the teaching profession. He earned both of his education degrees from Middle Tennessee State University. He has taught a variety of middle school and high school social studies courses at McFadden School of Excellence and Central Magnet School. He was honored as building-level Teacher of the Year in 2010 and 2013. He was also named a recipient of the Tennessee Education Association Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award in 2012 and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for the Tennessee Council for Social Studies in 2016. Mr. Nichols served as the high school cross country and high school track and field coach for several years at Central Magnet School. He guided four cross country teams to state championships at Central Magnet and also won multiple coaching awards during his tenure as head coach. He has also done a variety of duties with the basketball teams at McFadden and Central.
In his personal time, you may find Mr. Nichols participating in a variety of outdoor activities. He enjoys walking in his neighborhood and on the Greenway. He also likes goofing off with his nephews and niece, going to the movies with his mother, and fishing with his dad. One of his biggest loves in life is the joy of an autumn day with lots of college football to watch. He enjoys reading and is a political junkie. Finally, Mr. Nichols loves spending time at the beach and traveling as much as possible.