Mr. Chris Lafferty
With 20 years in education, Mr. Lafferty is honored and privileged to be serving in his first year as Christiana Elementary Principal. A native of rural Eastern Kentucky, Mr. Lafferty graduated from Betsy Layne High School and went to Morehead State University where he majored in Music Education. It was during this time that he performed with the Kentucky Opry at the Mountain Arts Center while teaching young musicians and vocalists from across the state.
After moving to Tennessee in 2003, he accepted a position teaching music at Lipscomb Elementary. In 2008, he moved to Spring Hill and taught at Longview Elementary in Williamson County where he was named Teacher of the Year 2009-2010. Soon after earning his Master of Administration and Supervision at Tennessee State, he became the Assistant Principal at Barfield Elementary for 9 years. He is currently working on his Doctoral degree with a focus on Teacher Leadership and Digital Learning.
Mr. Lafferty and his wife (LaShea) have two children Braxton and Colton.
“Facilitating a safe learning environment that meets the differing academic and social needs of every student in the building is crucial for success. We want our students to know that when they come in the building, we are going to work diligently to help them achieve excellence academically and grow into respectful, responsible citizens. Christiana is a wonderful community and I am overjoyed about my opportunity to serve the students, staff, and stakeholders as a Wildcat!”—Mr. Lafferty
Mrs. Barnes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education, and a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision both from Middle Tennessee State University.
She and her husband (Joe) have three children (Mathew, Arrabella, and Jackson). Mrs. Barnes enjoys spending time with family, making jewelry, traveling, and working with children at her church.
Mrs. Barnes is excited to begin her new journey as a Christiana Wildcat! She looks forward to building relationships with students, faculty, and families. She is committed to whole child student growth and development.