Merrol Hyde Magnet School

Darren Frank

Darren Frank - Principal

Darren Frank is the proud principal of MHMS. He graduated from UT Knoxville with a degree in special education, which certified him to teach all levels of special education (remedial through gifted) in grades K-12. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Cumberland University; a Plus-30 Endorsement in curriculum and instruction from TSU and Union University in Hendersonville. During his sophomore year in college, Mr. Frank spent a semester in Grantham, England studying abroad at Harlaxton College, a sister campus of the University of Evansville. As a classroom teacher, Mr. Frank never had aspirations to become a school administrator. However, in fall 2002, his principal asked him to serve as the assistant principal for the spring semester. Darren enjoyed administration so much that he decided to remain an assistant principal, where he learned his strengths and weaknesses within a school. In 2011 Mr. Frank replaced the retiring principal of Ellis Middle School, where he remained until joining the team at MHMS as  principal in Summer 2016. Darren and his wife, Kim, both grew up in Hendersonville. Mr Frank attended Nannie Berry Elementary, Hawkins Jr. High (grades 7-9), and Hendersonville High School, where he met Kim. He has two children: Adam (MHMS class of 2017) and Sally (MHMS class of 2023).  Mr. Frank's older sister teaches English at Station Camp High School. His parents, who are still very influential in his family, are retired and live in Hendersonville. Mr. Frank enjoys any outdoor activities, especially with family. He never passes up an opportunity to take a walk with his wife Kim, and has a passion for international mission work through his church.

Teachenor

Jen Teachenor - Assistant Principal

Jen Teachenor has been honored to work for Sumner County schools since 2019. She earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Oakland City University in Indiana and master's degree in Educational Leadership from Lipscomb University. Mrs. Teachenor’s teaching experience has mostly been in middle Tennessee, with a four-year stint in Colorado, where as an Air Force Spouse, she served as a classroom teacher, Lead Educator, and Interim Director of Child and Youth Services for the Department of the Army. In addition to being an educator, Mrs. Teachenor is a best-selling author and publisher. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Jamie, her son, Charlie, and daughter, Lily, going to the beach, listening to music, reading, writing novels, and playing fetch with her golden doodle, Hazel.

Shared Vision

Merrol Hyde Magnet School is committed to excellence in K-12 education by utilizing the Paideia philosophy of educating the whole child - body, mind, and spirit - while encouraging and nurturing a life long love of learning.

Merrol Hyde Magnet is an academic magnet school with an emphasis in foreign language.  Rigor and challenge at an accelerated pace are expected and embedded in our curriculum.