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Stephen Wayne
Mr. Stephen Wayne
Mr. Stephen Wayne, principal of Rock Springs Middle School, has an extensive background in secondary education and administration. He has had the opportunity to serve Rutherford County Schools in a variety of positions, allowing him to gain invaluable experience in all aspects of public education. Mr. Wayne had the opportunity to begin his teaching career in Rutherford County at a brand new school in 2006. Mr. Wayne was hired at Stewarts Creek Middle School as the Keyboarding Teacher while the school was still under construction.

During his tenure at Stewarts Creek he served as a 6th, 7th and 8th grade exploratory teacher, Dean of Students, Athletic Director, Head Boys and Girls Golf Coach and Head Girls Basketball Coach. In 2013, Mr. Wayne was hired as an Assistant Principal at Riverdale High School where he worked until being promoted to Principal of Rock Springs Middle School in July 2016.

Mr. Wayne earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Marketing and Education from Eastern Kentucky University in 2006. In 2008, he earned a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University and in 2009 from the same university he earned an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Mr. Wayne has begun his educational doctoral work at Union University and is planning on graduating in the future with an Ed.D in Instructional Leadership. It is a pleasure to be a part of the greatest faculty, staff and student body in the state of Tennessee and it is our vision at Rock Springs Middle School to prepare our students to be successful at the middle school level and to equip our students with the necessary tools for success in high school.
Julie Atkin
Mrs. Julie Atkin
Assistant Principal
Julie Webb Atkin, a native of McMinnville, Tennessee, has been an educator since 2002 when she started as a 6th grade ELA teacher at O.P. Evans Middle School in Newnan, Georgia. Before starting her career in education, she worked for Averitt Express and Tenneco Automotive in the area of Human Resources.

She joined Rutherford County Schools in 2003 as a 6th grade math teacher at Smyrna Middle School where she became an interim Assistant Principal. In 2010, she became Assistant Principal of Oakland Middle School and Lascassas Elementary, and then in 2011, she came to Rock Springs Middle School as the Assistant Principal.

Julie Atkin graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and also received a Masters and EdS in Education from Tennessee Technological University where she was a Golden Eagle Cheerleader.
Jennifer Clark
Mrs. Jennifer Clark
Assistant Principal
Jennifer Devers Clark, a native of Smyrna, Tennessee, has been a lifelong resident of Rutherford County. Mrs. Clark started her educational career as a job coach at Smyrna High School, while finishing her degree from Cumberland University.

She joined Rutherford County Schools in 2000 as a special education teacher at Smyrna Middle School. Mrs. Clark also worked in the special education department at Rock Springs Middle School, and then as department chair for special education at Rockvale Middle School. In 2012, Mrs. Clark became an assistant principal for Rockvale Middle and Eagleville School. She transferred to Rock Springs Middle the following school year, 2013.

Mrs. Clark graduated with her Bachelors in Education from Cumberland University in 2000. She received her Master’s degree in special education, with an emphasis in visual impairments, from Middle Tennessee State University, as well as her Educational Specialist degree in administration.

Mrs. Clark is married to Mr. Nate Clark, who owns Clark Custom Furniture Design and is a graduate of The Ohio State University.