• 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

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

Executive Director

Adnan Barqawi
Born and raised as a Palestinian in Kuwait, Adnan did not have access to public education.

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.

Regional Stats

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Data valid as of: Aug 2014