Ranesa Shipman joins Scales Elementary School as Principal


Dr. Trey Duke, Superintendent of Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS), is proud to announce the
appointment of Ranesa Shipman as Principal of Scales Elementary School. Shipman will replace Maria Johnson who is transitioning to an administrative role at MCS.

Shipman has over ten years of experience as a teacher and assistant principal in Wilson County Schools. She has served as an administrator at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

“Ranesa is incredibly motivating and brings a wealth of talent to MCS. She is committed to excellence and has a passion for students,” says Duke. “I look forward to the creativity she will bring to Scales Elementary and to our district.”

Shipman received her Education Specialist degree from MTSU and is currently a doctoral student and is expected to graduate in 2023. She earned her Masters of Education from Cumberland University and her Bachelors degree from Alabama A&M.

Shipman is adept at developing differentiated learning content to promote inclusive learning for students and staff with diverse learning abilities. His experience includes curriculum management, continuous improvement and operational management.

“Shipman stands out as an outstanding director,” says Maria Johnson. “I know our Scales Superstars will embrace his leadership.”

Scales Elementary School was built in 2005 and is located on St. Andrews Drive. Scales is one of the largest elementary schools in Murfreesboro with a population of approximately 950 students from kindergarten through sixth grade. In addition to a history of educational excellence, Scales also offers vibrant music, art, and theater programs.

“Scales has a rich history within the community, and I am honored to follow the legacy of administrators who served before me,” Shipman said. “It’s a great school and I look forward to meeting the staff, students and families who are Scales Superstars.”

Shipman will join the City of Murfreesboro Schools Leadership Team beginning in July 2022.

Murfreesboro City Schools is a district of thirteen schools committed to the academic and personal success of every child.


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