Balthrop replaces Shannon Schliwa, who is now the school’s assistant principal.
Balthrop began her Cheatham County teaching career in 2006 at Sycamore Middle School, where she taught for 10 years before transitioning to Harpeth.
She taught seventh-grade geography and eighth-grade history and language as well as served as a mentor to new teachers at SMS.
Balthrop was named the SMS Teacher of the Year and District Wide Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2012-13.
Balthrop, a graduate of Tullahoma High School, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Austin Peay State University. She has minors in criminal justice, English, history and education. She was named the top secondary student when she graduated from APSU.
“I'm very excited to have this new opportunity, and I look forward to working with teachers and mentoring students at Harpeth,” she said. “Harpeth is a fantastic school, and I appreciate the tremendous support I have received already from Principal Dr. Lee Rector, Assistant Principal Shannon Schliwa and the entire staff.”
Balthrop and her husband, Jason, and three children live in the East Cheatham area.
Dr. Tara Watson, the district’s chief academic officer, said Balthrop brings much experience to Harpeth.
“We know she will build strong relationships with the students, faculty and community that will have a positive impact on student achievement,” she said.