Assistant Principals

Thomas Arnold
Thomas Arnold

Mr. Arnold is excited about his new appointment as Assistant Principal at East Ridge Middle School.  Before arriving at East Ridge Middle School, Mr. Arnold served as principal at Ooltewah Elementary and Harrison Elementary.  Prior to his principalship, he served as assistant principal at Bess T. Shepherd Elementary.  His career in education began as the Physical Education teacher at Nolan Elementary.  Mr. Arnold earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his master’s degree from Tennessee Tech University.  Mr. Arnold is originally from Bristol, TN and enjoys the outdoors, playing the bagpipes and spending time with his family.

Laura Hamilton
Ms. Hamilton photo

I am excited and proud to be serving as assistant principal at East Ridge Middle School.  I have been a part of the ERMS family for over 20 years first as a teacher, then instructional coach, and now as AP.  I earned my bachelor's degree in elementary education with an endorsement for special education from Lee University and my master's degree in educational leadership from Trevecca University. I grew up in Chattanooga and have lived in the area my whole life. I graduated from Hamilton County Schools and my 3 children graduated from Hamilton County Schools.  I look forward to working with students, parents, and the community to make our school the best!  Go Pioneers!

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