Lee assembles coalition of educators to help advise his policies toward schools

Lee assembles coalition of educators to help advise his policies toward schools

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Lee announced this week a statewide coalition of more than 70 education professionals including teachers, administrators, leaders from charter and independent schools, and non-profit leaders from K-12 and higher education.

Lee said the Coalition will serve as key advisors in building solutions for Tennessee parents, teachers and students to improve the state’s education system.

“I will pursue education policies that help each child reach his or her full potential and ensure that they are ready to be productive citizens,” Lee said in a press release naming the members of the group.

The coalition includes former Tennessee Teacher of the Year recipients and superintendents.

“Bill is a thoughtful and compassionate leader and he is committed to improving the lives of everyday Tennesseans,” Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said in Lee’s press release. “His collaborative and thoughtful approach is refreshing, and Tennessee will continue to be one of the fastest-improving states in education under his leadership.”

David Fox, former chairman of the Metro Nashville School Board, also endorsed Lee’s approach.

“As our governor, Bill will do whatever it takes to ensure all students have access to high quality schools, and I expect he’ll create a pathway to successful careers in the trades that will become a model for our country,” Fox said.

Education Coalition members are as follows:
Cathy Armstrong, Director of Admissions
Walter Butler, University President
Dorsey Hopson, Superintendent
Marlon King, Superintendent
James Manuel, Superintendent
Christy McManus, 2017 West TN Teacher of the Year
Bob Nardo, Public Charter School Founder/Leader
Kerri Newsom, Teacher
Samuel “Dub” Oliver, University President
Adam Simon, Counselor
Teresa Sloyan, Exec. Director of Hyde Family Foundations
John Smarrelli, University President
Hugh Smith, Principal
Lauren Tate, Special Educator
Greg Thompson, Fmr. CEO of Tennessee Charter School Center
Karen Vogelsang, 2015 TN Teacher of the Year, Arise2Read Exec. Director
Erica Adkins, Teacher
Ansley Bartlett, Coordinator and Teacher
Karel Lea Biggs, Teacher
Rita Black, Teacher
Dan Boone, University President
Rebecca Britt, Education Coordinator
Lisa Choate, Teacher
Johnny Crow, Director of Advanced Education Programs
Freddy Curtis, Superintendent
Shannon Duncan, Assistant Principal and School Board Member
Timothy Fariss, Teacher
David Fox, Former Chairman of Metro Nashville School Board
Darci Halfman, Executive Director of Tennessee Alliance for Children and Families
Jane Hannah, Assistant Head of School at Independent School
Dave Hanson, Education Advocate and Public Charter SchoolBoard Member
Bill Heath, Superintendent

Kristin Henke, Director of Independent Pre-School
Tom Herring, School Security Expert
Mark A. Hogan, Education Consultant
David Hooper, Teacher
Jeremy Kane, Founder of LEAD Public Schools
J Kline, University President
Cathy Kolb, Special Educator
Amanda Lister, Math Coach
Karolyn Marino, Special Educator
Johnny McDaniel, Superintendent
Melany McDermott, Teacher
Bill McKee, University Provost
Melanie Miller, Director of Schools
Nathaniel Morrow, Headmaster of Independent School
Nancy Parkinson, Guidance Counselor
Matthew Pinson, University President
Alan Proctor, School Security Expert
Kevin D. Rome, Sr., University President
Jared Smith, Teacher
Tina Smith, Education Professor and Retired Teacher
Paul Stumb, University President
Frank Stevenson, Dean of Students
Jason Tompkins, Principal of York Institute
Stuart Tutler, Headmaster of Independent School
Louis Upkins, President of UPK
Maury Wood II, Teacher
Carrie Bishop, Teacher
Tim Childers, Assistant Principal
Amy Cox, Teacher
Amy Crawford, Teacher
James Hurley, University President
Angie Markum, Public Charter School Director
Cliff Ling, Teacher
Cheri Long, Principal
Jared Smith, Teacher
Lori Stiner Tucker, Teacher
Alexander Whitaker, University President

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