New school nutrition supervisor to start next month – The Tennessean

The Cheatham County School District announced Monday that Tracy Wright will start in her new role as school nutrition supervisor next month.

Wright, coming from the Tennessee Department of Education’s Office of School Nutrition, will start Nov. 27.

Former School Nutrition Supervisor Melanie Smiley retired Oct. 2 after 39 years of service, according to an Oct. 2 Board of Education agenda.

“I am eager to be joining such a wonderful team of individuals who are passionate about helping the children of Cheatham County establish lifelong healthy eating habits and ensuring that all kids in Cheatham County have access to delicious, nutritious meals,” she said in a Cheatham County School District press release.

Wright moved to Tennessee from South Carolina to serve as the Director of the Auxiliary Programs branch of the Department of Education’s Office of School Nutrition.

Since then, she has served on the Tennessee School Nutrition Association Board of Directors, been co-chair leading the Tennessee Healthy Meals Consortium and has presented her research at nutrition workshops and conferences, among other accolades.

Wright realized her passion for child nutrition after gaining experience as a researcher and educator in South Carolina, where she won awards for her work as a chemistry instructor and science department head at Piedmont Technical College.

She studied at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Chemistry, the release states.

Wright currently lives in Dickson, and enjoys gardening, raising chickens and playing with her dog in her personal time.

Kelly Fisher, reporter for the Ashland City Times, can be reached at KPFisher@gannett.com, 615-801-3866 or on Twitter at @KellyPFisher.

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