Dr. Will Penner, Principal
Dr. Penner served as an assistant principal of Whitthorne Middle School since 2016. Dr. Penner earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Baylor University, majoring in English and Political Science. He also earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Baylor University, majoring in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Instructional Technology. His Doctorate in Education comes from Lipscomb University, majoring in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change. He earned a 4.0 GPA in both graduate programs, and his dissertation focus was on Social and Emotional Learning skills for professional educators. Penner is highly qualified in reading and language arts for K-6, 7-8 and 9-12.

Dr. Will Penner

Mike Kinnard, Assistant Principal

Mike Kinnard spent the last 6 years at Spring Hill Middle School both as an English teacher  and assistant principal .  Prior to that he spent 3 years working for Cheatham County Schools both as a high school English teacher and principal.  This is his 15th year with Maury County Schools.  Mr. Kinnard has also worked at a teacher and coach at Columbia Academy High School and for Lewis County High School .  Mr. Kinnard has coached baseball, football, basketball, tennis, and golf.  He is originally from Columbia and attended Baker Elementary, Whitthorne Middle, and Columbia Central.  Mr. Kinnard did his undergraduate and master's level work at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tn.  He completed his Educational Specialist degree online through Nova Southeastern University.  Mr. Kinnard and his wife Sharon have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.  His favorite hobbies include watching Cardinals' baseball and traveling.  

Mike Kinnard