Beloved Hillsboro educator and former International Baccalaureate coordinator Mary Catherine Bradshaw has received an official letter from Metro public schools superintendent Jesse Register, finalizing her transfer from the high school she's served for nearly three decades. This fall, she'll be teaching at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School.
"I have had 27 excellent years at Hillsboro High School and I expect to have 27 more at MLK,” Bradshaw told Pith, but declined to discuss the transfer letter's contents and the official reason school administrators gave for the move — which sparked student protests, a Facebook page with nearly 2,200 members and strongly worded condemnation from at least one state legislator.
It's been suggested that Bradshaw, an outspoken proponent of IB and college prep, ran afoul of associate superintendent of high schools Jay Steele and his vision of a Hillsboro populated with career academies, which point students down high-demand career paths in a partnership with local businesses and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.The former teacher of the year's prowess as an educator didn't seem to be the source, because under Bradshaw's watch, the Hillsboro IB program became the only K-12 continuum in the state.
A leaked administrative transfer letter seemed to offer an alternate version of the events, but those familiar with the situation told the Scene it made little sense.