George Whitten Elementary

Welcome to George Whitten ES! I am very excited about beginning my second year as the Principal of GWE!  As the leader of our school, I look forward to working with everyone in the community to make George Whitten a place where everyone can experience success--and where we can have fun doing it!  I believe that the school should be a welcoming environment, where parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s education.  Together with our families and teachers, we will make GWE a school where all students are excelling academically, and where they feel cared for and nurtured in every way.  

My specific goals for GWE include the following:

  • To provide an education that allows students to perform at high levels, using instructional strategies that are engaging and student-centered. 
  • To establish a safe and welcoming environment, where parents and families are comfortable at all times.  We want everyone to be involved--whether it’s coming to eat lunch with your child, or feeling empowered to call and express a concern about a particular situation.
  • To establish high expectations that are clearly defined and communicated, and that are modeled by everyone in the building, beginning with me.  These expectations will apply to both student academics and conduct.  
  • To make GWE a happy place to be! 

A little about me:  I have taught and worked as an administrator in Elementary Schools for the last 18 years--in Louisville, Nashville, and here in Sumner County.  My wife (also a teacher) and I have three daughters who all attend Sumner County Schools.  The only other boys in my house are the Golden Retriever and the Australian Shepherd!  We've lived in Hendersonville for the last 11 years, and we love being a part of the community!  

Thank you for choosing to send your child to George Whitten Elementary. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me via phone or email.  We look forward to creating a partnership with you and watching your student soar during their time at our school! 



John Mann



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Mission Statement

We will provide a safe environment that is emotionally secure, academically challenging, and fosters social responsibility.