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The Nashville Aspiring School Leader Fellowship develops and supports a diverse cohort of future school leaders to expand educational equity for children in Metro Nashville Public Schools

Your experience leading classrooms has transformed you. You are passionate about expanding opportunities for children, and now you want to continue your impact as a school leader pursuing equity and accelerating change.

The Nashville Aspiring School Leader Fellowship is a partnership between Teach For America Nashville-Chattanooga and Lipscomb University to provide TFA alumni with the licensure, development, support, and network to pursue school leadership in our region’s largest public school district. 

TFA Alumni have demonstrated what is possible for Nashville.

Today in Nashville, only 15% of students attend a school considered high performing, but Teach For America alumni are working with our community to reimagine opportunity. In the 2018 – 2019 school year, 8 out of 10 of the non-selective highest performing schools in Nashville were led by a Teach For America alumnus. As an organization, we believe that when kids have great teachers positive outcomes follow, but that isn’t enough. In order to enact true, lasting change we must address the systemic problems with systemic solutions. That solution begins with school leadership.

Build your leadership to expand your impact.

Entire schools and school systems have proven it’s possible to dramatically alter student outcomes when the right leaders are in place. The Nashville Aspiring School Leader Fellowship aims to continue that legacy. Through the 2 year fellowship you will:

  • Earn your administrator credentials and M.Ed. or E.Ds. through Lipscomb University, one of Tennessee’s top-rated educator preparation programs.
  • Gain hands-on leadership experience developing teachers and driving student outcomes at Teach For America Nashville-Chattanooga’s regional summer institute.
  • Receive ongoing mentorship from experienced, effective school leaders, and receive career and job placement support in pursuit of leadership roles within Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Application Process

The application for the 2020 cohort of Nashville Aspiring School Leader Fellowship is now open! Apply by March 16, 2020. Start your application.

2019 Nashville Aspiring School Leader Fellows

Mae Christiansen Headshot Outdoors

Teacher, McGavock High School

Mae Christiansen




Purdue University, B.A., Social Studies Education, minor in Global Studies 

Vanderbilt University, M.Ed., Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies

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Compass Coach, Valor Collegiate

Andre M. Mitchell




Morehouse College, B.S. Psychology

Arizona State University, M.Ed. Elementary Education

University of Phoenix, M.Ed. Administration and Leadership

Dr. Alexandra Valdes-Wochinger Headshout Outdoors

STEAM Teacher, Head Middle Magnet

Dr. Alexandra Valdes-Wochinger


University of Puerto Rico at Humacao, B.S. Coastal Marine Biology and Stony Brook University, PhD in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

Find all of our past fellowship recipients here.

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