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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He came to the United States to pursue higher education at Virginia Tech, where he was selected as the first foreign national to command one of the six senior military colleges in the United States. After becoming a US citizen his senior year, he realized the massive educational inequality in the country he sought refuge to for educational opportunity, and decided to join Teach for America. Adnan taught 5th grade math and science in Marianna, Arkansas while earning his Master’s in Education. He was appointed to serve as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education in Virginia before joining the private sector. While working as a Global Product Manager at Asurion, he forged a partnership between Asurion and Teach For America that has brought summer learning opportunities to hundreds of local students and connected thousands of employees with volunteer opportunities in local classrooms.