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When diverse, dynamic people come together, incredible things can happen—Nashville is proof of it. Teach For America began our partnership with the Nashville community in 2009. Since that year, we have recruited and trained well over 800 teachers for high-need Nashville classrooms. As we enter into our second decade in the city of Nashville, our alumni and corps members continue to serve at the forefront of change.  

While Teach For America is only just beginning its first decade in Chattanooga, Tennessee alumni have influenced the city for years. Jill Levine, a 1992 New Orleans alumnus, serves as the Chief of Innovation and Choice for Hamilton County Public Schools. Jill previously led the Opportunity Zone in Chattanooga, a group of 12 of the city’s highest needs schools. Alumni in Chattanooga lead in the classroom, school leadership, district leadership, and across a variety of sectors.  

Through the development and support provided by Teach For America, corps members have been found by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to be among the most effective teachers in the state year over year. The report also notes that Teach For America Nashville-Chattanooga teachers are more racially and ethnically diverse than the statewide average.

For long-term change to take effect, we are working to create a movement of individuals committed to collective impact with students.

One Vision, One Region

Despite the challenges that both communities face, at TFA Nashville-Chattanooga, we know there is another way. Our TFA network in Nashville-Chattanooga now numbers over 1,000. Our nearly 500 corps member and alumni teachers score among the highest in the state year over year in leading their students to incredible academic growth. Our 26 public school principals lead some of the most game-changing schools in the state. For over a decade, Teach For America has expanded opportunities to students and families in Nashville and will leverage that decade’s long history to support students and families in Chattanooga.

Nashville-Chattanooga Corps

Training, Certification, and Graduate Programs

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Uprooted by Gentrification, Learning to Architect the Future

Explosive growth is displacing students and teachers from parts of Nashville. But through an inventive urban design course, a rising generation of middle school students are getting schooled on the forces (including segregation) that laid the groundwork for gentrification. They're preparing to become the agents of our city's development.

Our Alumni

More than 90 percent of TFA Nashville-Chattanooga alumni continue to work with low-income communities and over 70 percent continue serving in education—there are almost 200 alumni teaching in classrooms across Nashville and Chattanooga, more than 25 school principals, and over 40 alumni in school leadership positions.

We help fuel the leadership of our alumni in schools with the Nashville Aspiring School Leaders Fellowship, a partnership with Lipscomb University that provides alumni with the licensure, development, support, and network to pursue school leadership in our region’s largest public school district. 

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