Get to Know Mrs. Pulliam

Welcome to Spring Station Middle School! Parents and students often want to know a little about the principal of their school, so the following is a brief synopsis of my life and family.

I am a native of Nashville, where my father owned pharmacies in the Elliston Place/Vanderbilt and Brookmeade area and my mother was a teacher in Metro Schools at Cohn High School. After graduating from Hillwood High School, I chose to defect to the University of Kentucky, much to my father’s dismay! At UK, I cultivated my love of horses, working the thoroughbred sales and teaching riding to children, with an interest in therapeutic riding instruction, which was complemented by my degree in education. While at UK I met my husband, Kim, who has put up with me for the past 43 years. We have moved back and forth between Kentucky and the Nashville area twice, finally settling for the past 26 years in Williamson County.

Paula Pulliam, principal of Spring Station Middle School

We have been blessed with two children. We have a wonderful, married, 29 year old son, Alex, who is a graduate of Independence High School and a witty daughter, Katie, who is a graduate from Franklin High School and the University of Kentucky. She is married and the mother of daughter, Kadyn and son, Eli. Of course, they are the best grandchildren ever!

Beyond my human family, enjoying my animal family members enhances my life. We have two dogs, Rio and Asylin. Both are neglect or abuse victims. Rio is a very talkative chihuahua mix and Asylin is a regal Pyrenees. In addition, we also have two horses: Webster, and Lint.

My entire career as an educator has been in the “middle.” Metro Nashville is where my career began, in the traditional public school classroom, teaching fifth grade. Moving back to Kentucky, I enjoyed teaching sixth graders for three years at East Middle School in Shelbyville. We then moved back to Franklin, where I began teaching in Williamson County at Grassland Middle School. After teaching sixth and seventh graders for several years, I became an assistant principal, learning under Barry Watkins’s leadership. Mr. Watkins moved to a position in the Central Office, and I had the privilege of leading Grassland Middle School for a year as principal with the help of many talented educators. When my husband and I purchased our land and built our home in Spring Hill, Heritage Middle School was not yet under construction. When it was decided that Williamson County would build a south-end middle school, it was logical for me to request to open the school which is now Heritage Middle School. I enjoyed my 10 years serving as principal.

Change is always exciting! We certainly have changed in our population in the south end of the county. Thus, the opening of Spring Station Middle School, to accommodate the growth at Heritage and Page Middle Schools, occurred in the Fall of 2010. The opening and the success of Spring Station is a community effort from students who want to learn, parents who want a great education in the public setting, and teachers who give it their all every day. Having the privilege to be part of this community is heart-warming!

Every year, all the staff at Spring Station enjoy experiencing a new class of students to SSMS. We are truly a reflection of our community, and we strive to be the best for all students. Come visit us on “the hill” and get to know us. We want to know you!