Dr. Jeremy Lewis, Executive Principal

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I was born and raised in Memphis and graduated from Bolton High School. I then moved to Murfreesboro to earn my Bachelor of Arts degree in history from MTSU. Upon graduation, my wife and I moved to Memphis where I served as a 6-8 grade social studies teacher at Bellevue Middle School. While in Memphis, I also obtained a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Christian Brothers University. My wife and I then moved to Middle Tennessee in the summer of 2012. For the 2012-13 school year I served as the dean of instruction at Croft Middle School. In May of 2013 I completed an Educational Doctorate degree in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University. I have served as an assistant principal at Bellevue Middle School (2013-14), Cane Ridge High School (2014-15), and Croft Middle School (2015-16) in Nashville. The 2022-23 school year is my seventh year serving as the Executive Principal at Croft, and ninth year overall at Croft. My wife and I are blessed to have 3 children: a 10-year-old son and 8-year-old twin daughters. 

My primary goal is to provide leadership which will facilitate a positive school environment where all students feel safe and excited about learning. Parents, teachers, support staff, and administration all have an important role in encouraging our students to become active, life-long learners who continue to be successful into high school and after graduation. It is my sincere desire to provide opportunities for our students to acquire the skills to become productive, responsible citizens while supporting and fostering leadership capacity in educators.

Mrs. Constance Perry, Assistant Principal


I am impassioned to be a member of the Croft Middle Design Center.  I am originally from Bolivar, Tennessee but had the awesome opportunity to travel in and outside of the United States for 24 years as a military spouse.  I hold an Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership, a Master of Education degree in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, a bachelor’s degree in English, and an associate degree in Business Studies.  I have been and educator for more than 20 years. As an educator, I have provided instruction in elementary, middle school, high school, and alternative education environments, and served in the roles of teacher, school level coach, district level coach, and school administrator.   As well, I am certified in instructional leadership, general education, and special education.  

Personally, I and my husband are the proud parents of 3 adult children and 1 beautiful granddaughter. I love spending time with my immediate, extended family, and friends.  When time permits, I love working in my yard and cooking. 

Finally, beyond my credentials and family, I am absolutely enamored with the chance to continue the work of supporting students through their formative years.   


Mrs. Carrie Utterback, Assistant Principal

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My name is Mrs. Carrie Utterback, and I currently serve as the 6th Grade Assistant Principal here at Croft. Being from a small town in Arkansas, I am a devoted Arkansas Razorback (HOG) fan. One interesting fact you may never guess about me is that I ride my own Harley. Do not be surprised if you see me ride it to school. This year I am starting my 24th year as an educator. I began my career as a 5th grade teacher in Marion, Arkansas. Upon moving to TN, I entered the Williamson County School District where I taught 4th grade over an 8-year period. In 2011, I became an elementary assistant principal for the Franklin Special School District. However, I had always had a desire to work with older students and in a more diverse capacity. In 2013, I entered MNPS where I taught 8th grade ELA and was a literacy coach at Creswell Middle School of the Arts before becoming an assistant principal at Oliver Middle Prep in 2015.

My educational journey has led me to the Croft family. Croft is an amazing place to be, and I feel blessed to be part of its diverse community. I tell my friends and colleagues that Croft is a model of what the world should be. Everyone accepts one another as they are and celebrates what the other has to offer. It is a magical and inspiring place to be with hard working teachers, supportive parents, talented students and great community partnerships. I get a smile on my face each time I drive into the parking lot. I currently live in Chapel Hill and my friends think I am crazy to drive so far. When you find a great school like Croft, it doesn’t feel like work. I love it here and look forward to many more years as member of The ZOO School family. GO COUGARS!