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Nashville-Chattanooga Teach For America Partners with Hamilton County School District to Build Talent Pipeline

Teach For America is partnering with Hamilton County School District to bolster the teacher candidate pool in Opportunity Zone schools. 

Chattanooga, TN, November 8, 2018—Teach For America and Hamilton County School District will partner to bring additional education and leadership talent to Chattanooga public schools. The Hamilton County Board of Education voted in support of a four year agreement with Teach For America, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, to help bolster the teacher candidate pool and build a pipeline of diverse promising leaders to expand educational opportunity for all children.

Teach For America teachers, known as corps members, will be eligible for open positions in Hamilton County School District, with particular attention on priority schools in the Opportunity Zone.

“I look forward to building a partnership with Teach For America to help provide the best possible teaching talent for our classrooms,” said Keith Fogleman, chief talent officer for Hamilton County Schools. “Teach For America will add another tool to the many valuable resources used by our district to locate and hire the very best teachers for our children.”

To lead operations, Eric Dailey will serve as Deputy Executive Director of Teach For America NashvilleChattanooga. In this role, Dailey will expand the footprint of Teach For America in southeast Tennessee. Most recently, Dailey served as the National Managing Director of The Collective at Teach For America supporting over 16,000 Teach For America alumni of color to lead, connect, and accelerate the work of ending educational inequity. Previously, Dailey spent three years as a public school principal in North Little Rock, Arkansas serving 350 students. He began his career as a middle literacy teacher in the Mississippi Delta. Dailey received a bachelor’s of arts degree in political science from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and a master’s of education in educational leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

“Today is the beginning of a valuable partnership to support the work of district and community leaders in placing quality teachers in classrooms in Hamilton County Schools,” said Eric Dailey. “I am looking forward to meeting and learning from students, teachers, leaders and others in Chattanooga as we collectively pursue greater opportunities for all students in our schools.”

Currently, Teach For America has school partnerships in Nashville and Memphis with more than 400 corps members and almost 1,300 alumni combined. For the eighth year in a row, the Tennessee State Report Card identified Teach For America teachers to be among the most effective teachers in the state. Teach For America recruits top college graduates and career-changing professionals who make a commitment to teach for a minimum of two years in under-resourced public schools. From there, corps members continue a lifelong commitment to educational equity by continuing to work from within or outside of schools to shape the academic and personal growth of students.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with urban and rural communities in more than 50 regions across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today Teach For America is a force of 56,000 alumni and corps members committed to profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence, and to lead. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Hamilton County School District

Hamilton County Schools provides learning opportunities today to open doors to possibilities for the future for children, families, and the community. The school district covers 576-square miles in southeastern Tennessee with a population of 357,738 residents. The 79 schools consist of Pre -K through grade twelve with just over 6,000 teachers and support personnel responsible for educating over 45,000 students. The district and its schools are driven by the Future Ready 2023 Action Plan providing Future Ready students and moving the district toward becoming the fastest improving school system in Tennessee. For more information visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.


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