Veteran teacher named Benton Hall principal

Former dean of students was Franklin school's interim leader

The board of directors of Benton Hall Academy in Franklin has named Veronica Paradis the school’s new headmaster.

Paradis, who had been interim headmaster following the departure last year of Rob McFadden, has been at Benton Hall for more than three decades. She was hired in 1982 by founder Dr. John McLaughlin and revamped the school’s English curriculum for middle- and high-school students before being named dean of students in 2004.

“Veronica is a tremendous asset to Benton Hall and this promotion is well deserved,” said Leigh Williams, president of Benton Hall’s board. “The students, parents and teachers have all benefited from following Veronica’s passion, dedication and enthusiasm. As she continues to champion a compelling and dynamic learning environment for students we are eager to champion her leadership.”

Benton Hall was founded in 1977 and works with children who have learning difficulties, mental illnesses like OCD and depression, and mild autism. It is home to about 80 students in grades 3–12.

SEE ALSO: A Nashville Scene feature on Benton Hall from earlier this year