Shelby County Schools

Barret's Chapel School



Rita White, Principal

It is a great honor to be the principal of Barret’s Chapel School. I’m excited to be a part of a school and community with such a rich tradition of excellence. Just this past school year, our students have been recognized for many accomplishments in music, athletics and academics. I have enjoyed 36 years in education as both a teacher and an administrator. I have held 2 previous principal positions, Egypt Elementary from 1998- 2010 and Riverwood Elementary from 2010 – 2015. I was recognized as Tennessee Principal of the Year, and as National Distinguished Principal where I had the honor of representing the great state of Tennessee at the White House. The past 2 years, I have worked in the Central Office in the Department of Academics as an Instructional Leadership Director.

At Barret’s, we believe it is our job and privilege to provide your children with the foundational skills they need to be successful. To be successful, students must have both social-emotional and academic competencies.

At Barret’s Chapel, we will:

• Focus on the social and emotional competencies of cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy and self- control (CARES).

• Ensure that our students gain the academic competencies of a positive academic mindset, ability to persevere through challenges, and be able to use learning strategies that fit their individual learning styles.

• Provide our students with meaningful opportunities for social interaction because the greatest cognitive growth occurs when children have opportunities to share their learning.

• Know that how we teach is as important as what we teach.

• Teach in ways that will ignite the love of learning in every child.

It is our goal to know and value every child and their family as unique individuals with their own special talents and skills. We at Barret’s also believe that we must all work together to create a safe, joyful, and inclusive school environment where everyone loves to learn. We can’t wait to watch your children grow!

Go Wildcats!

Rita White


Abbye Miller, Assistant Principal

My name is Abbye Miller and it my pleasure and honor to serve as the assistant principal at Barret’s Chapel School. I began my teaching career in 1994 and have been at Barret’s since 2000! I have a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. I have learned many things from my experience as an educator, one being that I have a great impact on the students in my school and, as a result, an impact on the community.

I am grateful for the influence of my former teachers, colleagues, and administrators and for the role they continue to play in my life. In return, I want to give back to my community what has been instilled in me. I have a strong passion to educate students and help them mature into well-rounded, responsible, and successful individuals. It is my pleasure to work with students, staff, parents, and community members to ensure a rewarding experience for all of our Wildcats!

Thank you for entrusting your precious children to us this school year.

Go Wildcats!

Abbye Miller


Cassie Turner, Professional Learning Coach

I am excited to be the Professional Learning Coach (PLC) at Barret'sChapel School.  In this role, I support the work of the teachers to ensure a focus on commitment to student learning.

I received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Memphis in Marketing Management and Elementary Education, respectively.  I was a classroom teacher for 10 years prior to becoming the Interim Assistant Principal and now the PLC.  I have experience in elementary and middle grades as well as Special Education and RTI.  I have also served in several leadership positions, including serving as a adminstrative intern, Tripod coordinator, a grade chair, and a member of the instructional leadership team.

I have a fantastic husband and super spunky puppy,  I have coached track and volleyball in the past.

Go Wildcats!

Cassie Turner


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