• 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.

  • Ten years from now, we’re going to remember this as the decade when the people of Nashville came together to change the life prospects for our children.

About Greater Nashville

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.

Great classrooms, schools, and districts require exceptional leadership, and in the past four years, our city and state have unleashed transformational initiatives. Tennessee won the federal Race to the Top competition, Nashville elected a mayor with a bold education platform, and the state’s general assembly passed landmark charter school legislation that significantly increased enrollment opportunities for low-income students. The stars have aligned for change, but we have a lot of work ahead.
 
Today, Teach For America corps members teach in 70 schools across Metro Nashville, reaching nearly 13,000 students. More than 200 Teach For America alumni call the city home, and have assumed notable positions in school leadership and education policy, including the state’s education commissioner, Kevin Huffman (Houston Corps ’92). They are working with our communities to create long-term, sustainable change.
 
We believe that, 10 years from now, we’ll look back on this as the decade when the people of Nashville came together to change the life prospects for our children.

Connect With Us

Nashville
220 Athens Way, Suite 300
Nashville, TN 37228
Tel (615) 242-6263
Fax (615) 242-6249

Executive Director

Lindsay Wright
A graduate of Rhodes College, Lindsay Wright began her career with Teach For America in 2004 as a Charlotte corps member.

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.

Regional Stats

2009
Year TFA Arrived
50
CORPS SIZE THE FIRST YEAR
115
INCOMING CORPS SIZE THIS YEAR
220
TOTAL CORPS SIZE THIS YEAR
480
Alumni in region
8
Alumni School Leaders
Data valid as of: Aug 2014