About JT Moore Middle Prep


Dr. Gary Hughes

A true believer that he has the best job in the entire world, Dr. Gary D. Hughes is excited about the 21-22 school year, his 11th at JT Moore Middle School! Dr. Hughes graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.S. in psychology in 1988, a M.S. in clinical psychology in 1991 from Murray State University, a M.Ed. in special education (behavioral disorders) from Vanderbilt University in 2000, and an Ed. D. from Vanderbilt University in educational leadership and policy in 2009. He is a licensed Senior Psychological Examiner and therapist in clinical psychology, a licensed K-12 special education teacher, and a licensed school administrator in the state of Tennessee.

Dr. Miyoka Jones, Assistant Principal

Dr. Miyoka Jones is the Assistant Principal at John Trotwood Moore Middle School, managing and articulating visions for student discipline, attendance, instruction, professional and organizational development.  Dr. Jones is well versed in curriculum alignment, training needs analysis, implementing blended training solutions and course design for traditional, blended, and online groups. For the past 15 years, Dr. Jones has held other roles that include the following:  5th – 8th Grade Educator, Professional Development Specialist (Contract) and Adjunct Instructor. She also worked in the agricultural and healthcare industry prior to becoming an educator. Dr. Jones has extensive experience facilitating improved and heightened performance within an organization by creating, developing, and implementing core training and development programs.

Bryan Lowe, Assistant Principal

Bryan Lowe joined JT Moore in the summer of 2019 after serving as an Academy Principal at Maplewood High School for 3 years. Mr. Lowe is originally from Atlanta, GA but has resided in Nashville, TN since 1999. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s of Business Administration from Tennessee State University. He also graduated with a Master’s of Education from Trevecca University and furthered his educational studies at Bethel University. Mr. Lowe brings various experiences from Maplewood, McGavock and Antioch High Schools working with the academy model and community business partners to help provide valuable experiential learning and post-secondary opportunities for the students.