About JT Moore Middle Prep


Dr. Gary Hughes, Executive Principal

A true believer that he has the best job in the entire world, Dr. Gary D. Hughes is excited about the 23-24 school year, his 13th 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. 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.

Dr. Colin Hunt, Assistant Principal

Colin Hunt joined JT Moore in the summer of 2019 as the literacy coach. For the past two years he’s been the dean of instruction where he’s helped teachers and students advance in academic growth by supporting curriculum development, assessment administration, and data analysis. During this time, Mr. Hunt has also been the school’s IB coordinator where he supported teachers in developing lessons that addressed a global mindset. When in the classroom, Mr. Hunt is often caught teaching reading or social studies though he likes all subjects. Prior to his career in education, Mr. Hunt was a literary assistant and agent in New York. He earned his BFA in Dramatic Writing with a minor in American History from New York University. After working as a teacher, Mr. Hunt pursued leadership roles and received his master’s in education leadership from Lipscomb University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in learning organizations and strategic change also at Lipscomb University.