Dr. Kathleen Airhart

Interim Superintendent

Dr. Kathleen Airhart is the Interim Superintendent of the Achievement School District.  Dr. Kathleen Airhart also serves as the Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Education, a position to which she was appointed in January 2012. In her role as Deputy Commissioner, she serves as Chief Operating Officer with oversight for the divisions of Finance, Human Resources, Federal Programs, Information Technology, Internal Audit, Education Operations, and State Special Schools.  Previously she served in roles for the Putnam County School System including teacher, Special Education Supervisor, and Director of Schools. She holds a Doctorate from Tennessee State University in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelors, Masters, and Ed.S. from Tennessee Tech University.  She has authored numerous articles and received various awards related to education.  She was named Superintendent of the Year by the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents for 2011-2012.  During the course of her career, Dr. Airhart has actively engaged and led education reform efforts to improve PK-12 educational results for all children in Tennessee.