New Hires Announced

For immediate release.


December 16, 2019


Clarksville, Tenn. Clarksville Academy, a private Pre-K through 12th grade college preparatory school, is pleased to announce the hiring of our Heads of Intermediate and Upper School, as well as, the addition of a new position, Major Gifts Officer.


Head of Intermediate School, Alicia McQueen, received her Bachelor of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies and her Master’s of Science in Psychology, with an emphasis on School Counseling.  Alicia is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the American School Counseling Association. She has just completed her eighteenth year as an educator and is serving in her eighth year at Clarksville Academy.  During her time at CA, Alicia has taught all grade levels, including Lower School Guidance, Intermediate School English, Public Speaking and Discovery electives, and Upper School Leadership and Psychology. She has also served as school counselor for all grade levels.  Recently, Alicia took on the role of CA’s Curriculum Director, which has involved the oversight and leadership of the Department Chair Committee, as well as the implementation of a PreK-12 full curriculum vertical mapping program.  Her knowledge of, and commitment to, the intermediate school age student, coupled with her extensive guidance background and curriculum expertise, make her an excellent hire for this position.


Head of Upper School, Denise Walker, received her Associates of Science in Legal Studies, Associates of Arts in General Education, Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology, and a Master of Science in Continuing Education: Psychology and Counseling. Denise is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the American School Counseling Association.  She just completed her fifteenth year as an educator, thirteen of which have been at Clarksville Academy.  Prior to that Denise served in the United States Air Force as a paralegal.  During her time at CA she has taught all grade levels, including technology, psychology, ACT Prep, Leadership & Strategic Impact, and served as our Director of School Counseling.  In her role as the Director of College Counseling, Denise helped the 2019 graduating class secure 9.2 million dollars in scholarship funds, the highest in school history.  Her leadership style, commitment to students, and extensive knowledge of our student body make her the standout candidate for this position.


While the highly qualified group of applicant finalists was competitive, Alicia and Denise bring a knowledge and experience of the Clarksville Academy community that made it clear that they are the right candidates.


Major Gifts Officer, Christina Clark has been a fixture in not only the Clarksville Academy community but the Clarksville community as well.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel, Merchandising and Textiles with a minor in Business at the University of Kentucky.  Throughout her professional career, Christina has focused her work on interior design and non-profit fundraising. Christina’s legacy in Clarksville has been her success in the non-profit sector, serving as leadership on a variety of committees and boards such as The Clarksville Customs House Museum Guild, Junior Auxiliary, Leadership Clarksville Board of Directors, and Austin Peay State University’s Candlelight Ball Committee.  In 2018, Christina chaired the APSU Candlelight Ball and secured more scholarship dollars than any previous chair. Christina will focus her time and attention on securing major gifts on behalf of Clarksville Academy.


“Clarksville Academy is known as an educational leader in our community.  The hire of these three individuals continues our commitment to attract the most qualified educators and leaders to support our mission and vision. Mrs. McQueen and Mrs. Walker are known and loved by our student and parent community, and are strong leaders who will lead our school on a course for success.  Mrs. Clark’s tenacity and commitment to seeing Clarksville Academy grow made the addition of her position vital to our school,” Jennifer Hinote, Head of School.


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Alicia McQueen, Head of Intermediate School


Denise Walker, Head of Upper School


Christina Clark

Christina Clark, Major Gifts Officer

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