Dr. Jeremy Lewis, Executive Principal


Photo: Dr. LewisI 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 2020-21 school year is my fifth year serving as the Executive Principal at Croft, and seventh year overall at Croft. My wife and I are blessed to have 3 children: an 8 year old son and 6 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. Crystal Johnson-Terrell, Assistant Principal


Photo: TerrellI am excited to be at Croft Design Center! I am from Memphis, TN and graduated from Central High School. I attended Tennessee State University and graduated with a Masters in Special Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision.

I have taught for ten years in the field of Exceptional Education. I have taught in middle and high school, but truly enjoy the middle years. During my teaching career, I have had the opportunity to teach students with specific learning disabilities and other impairments. I taught inclusion and resource Math. I also taught inclusion Language Arts. During my teaching career, I also served as Special Education Department Head. I am married with two children. I truly enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy traveling. I enjoy being a Croft Cougar!


Mrs. Carrie Utterback, Assistant Principal

Photo: Utterback

Hello, My name is Mrs. Carrie Utterback and I currently serve as the 5th 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 22nd 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!

Mrs. Ashante Batson, Dean of Students 

Ashante Batson, Dean of Students