As a river port and railroad center, Nashville attracted a diverse population from its inception in 1779. It has continued to flourish as a destination for citizens and immigrants of varied income levels. Nashville’s famous music, top universities, and thriving health care industry often deflect attention from an incredibly stark level of inequity, especially in the school system. Case in point: in 2011, just 66 of 1,000 seniors at the city’s five highest-poverty high schools—Stratford, Pearl Cohn, Whites Creek, Maplewood, and Glencliff—achieved an ACT score that indicated they were prepared to enter college or a career.
Nashville is well-known for its top universities, thriving health care industry, and music scene. But it's also home to an incredibly stark level of inequity, especially in the school system.
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Lindsay’s experiences teaching fifth grade at Walter G. Byers Elementary School inspired her to join Teach For America staff as a Program Director coaching corps members in Memphis. Lindsay then went on to join the founding Greater Nashville region managing the Teacher Leadership Development team. She now leads Teach For America’s Greater Nashville region as interim Executive Director. Lindsay’s commitment to and strong belief in our regional vision, that one day every child in Nashville will have the opportunity to learn, love, and lead, continues to inspire staff, corps members, alumni, and community partners alike. Lindsay and her family live in the Melrose neighborhood of Nashville.