Angela Bailey is a veteran educator in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System. She is currently an executive principal for the district and was an assistant principal for the three years prior. Ms. Bailey also served the district as an instructional coach, a mentor, a trainer, and a teacher. Her coaching and mentoring trainings have enabled her to create a learning community where student data guides professional learning decisions for enrichment and interventions and student engagement is the foundation of instructional practices. She is dedicated to ensuring a nurturing environment where students are recognized and supported as individuals and encouraged to grow through enriching and engaging experiences. Ms. Bailey’s background has prepared her with the strengths and skills needed to be the instructional and executive leader in her building where she has created a culture that promotes high student expectations through the collaborative belief that all students will grow, succeed, and achieve.
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Jennifer is a native of Nashville, TN and graduate of Metro Nashville Public Schools. Jennifer has 17 years of experience in MNPS as a teacher, Coordinator, Academy Principal, Director of Extended Learning, and Director of the Academies of Nashville. Jennifer has extensive knowledge and expertise in the Academy model, Exceptional Education, Interdisciplinary Planning, and non-traditional settings. Jennifer’s philosophy is that education is not a one size fits all model; therefore, it is our purpose as educators to be creative, innovative, and passionate about the children and communities we serve.
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Jeremiah Davis began his educational career as a CTE (Career and Technical Education) Criminal Justice teacher. He became the Academy Team Lead as well as the CTE Lead for his school. As the Team Lead, his academy was awarded Model Status during the first NCAC review. Jeremiah also conducted TN DoE training with all new Criminal Justice teachers in Tennessee to ensure they had the best start possible to help students excel. He later became the Dean of Students and currently serves as Academy Principal where he has worked with his academies to earn Model Status during each reaccreditation.
Donna has spent her entire professional career working in and supporting career academies as a teacher, school leader and district administrator. Donna believes “if you can’t see it, you can’t be it” applies to students and adults alike and wants to open doors of opportunity for both. Donna recently retired as the Director of the Academies of Nashville and is currently serving as a community coach for Ford NGL and a trainer for the Nashville Hub to continue her passion with CTE and career academies work.
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Jacob Glancy has 12 years of experience in education and currently serves as Dean of Students and Lead Administrator for the Future Ready Institute (an academy) at Red Bank High School in Chattanooga, TN. Prior to his move to Chattanooga, he worked at McGavock High School, where he taught English 4 (inclusion, Honors, and standard), English 2, Senior Capstone, and Shakespeare Studies while also serving as a team leader in the Academy of Aviation of Transportation–-a two-time model status career academy according to the National Career Academy Coalition. In July of 2016, Jacob transitioned into the role of Academy Coach for McGavock. He has a B.A. in English and Political Science (University of Tennessee), an M.A. in Teaching (Belmont University), and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership (University of Tennessee). His hobbies include going to concerts and spending time with his wife and two children.
Passionately invested in education since becoming a business teacher in 1989, Dr. Kelly Henderson has made student learning her top priority and has sought innovative ways to maximize student potential. After becoming CTE Coordinator in 2007, she worked diligently to support teachers and align systems so that students had access to rigorous CTE programs through the Academies of Nashville. As the former Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), she directed the development of a comprehensive and coherent Pre-K –12-curriculum framework that transformed the district and contributed to increased student achievement and graduation rates. Under Dr. Henderson’s leadership, Metro Nashville Public Schools has been recognized as a leader in high school reform, project-based learning and blended learning with not only students in the classroom but with teachers engaged in blended professional development. As a Nashville Hub consultant, she believes that students should have access to personalized school experiences and authentic learning environments. She has helped school districts as well as individual schools with strategic planning, master schedule and curriculum development, and developing engaging and relevant teaching and learning opportunities through project based learning, interdisciplinary learning, and collaborative planning. Kelly received her Doctorate in Education in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change from Lipscomb University, an Ed.S. and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from MTSU. She is also a certified Buck Institute of Education PBL Trainer and received the first PBL Champion Award from BIE in 2016.
Starr Herrman is recognized for her work with high school transformation, and particularly, the academy model. She was instrumental in planning, directing and implementing the smaller learning communities/academies model for the Metro Nashville Public School system from 2006 to 2012. She is a former high school teacher, CTE Director and IT manager. Since retirement in 2012, Starr remains active in the school system, working on contract to help transform middle schools. She serves as director of the Nashville Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) Hub, serves on the Ford NGL Leadership Council, consults with many districts across the U.S. in high school transformation and is a National Career Academy Coalition accreditation reviewer. Starr has been published and quoted in various articles and journals, presented at national conferences, webinars, and is passionate about the academy model.
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Jill Petty has been an educator for over 20 years. She has taught English both at the middle and high school levels. Jill was a classroom teacher when Nashville first brought the academy model to the high schools. She has served as an Academy team leader, English department lead, literacy coach/school-based professional development provider, district level English Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator, and currently as the Director of Secondary Literacy for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Jill was the first person in MNPS to become a Project Based Learning capacity-buliding trainer. In her various roles in education, she had lead and continues to lead professional learning at the school level, district level, and national level. Most recently, Jill became a certified Gallup Strengths-Finder coach.
Deanna has been in education since 1994 spending her first 4 years teaching high school science in Indiana and another 12 years teaching in Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). She spent an additional 6 years as an Instructional Coach and District Lead Instructional Coach for Nashville planning, developing, and implementing professional development for teachers, including becoming a Buck Institute for Education (BIE) Certified PBL trainer. Deanna is currently the i3 STEM Grant Coordinator for MNPS, a federal grant that is geared to grow student achievement in science and math, heighten STEM aspirations, and close opportunity gaps for underrepresented students. For the grant, she supports the implementation of a STEM afterschool, Saturday, and Summer Camp with students from 7 Nashville middle schools emphasizing student-centered, project-based learning through sustained inquiry to solve authentic problems.
Nadia Saint-Louis is in her 12th year in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. She was formerly a math teacher at Whites Creek High School and Hillwood High School for several years. She served as a Numeracy Coach for a brief time before she became the Freshman Academy Dean at McGavock High School. A year after being a Dean of Students, she became one of the Academy Principal in Freshman Academy. She currently serves as the Academy Principal for the CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication at McGavock High School. Additionally, Nadia oversees the Math and Special Education department as well as many other leadership tasks. She is currently working on her Ed.D in School Leadership at East Tennessee State University.
Mandy Springer began her teaching career in 2002 as a middle school math teacher. Realizing her need to have more of an impact on student lives she returned to Tennessee State University to pursue her master’s degree in School Counseling. Upon receiving her degree in School Counseling she became employed with Metro Nashville Public Schools as a school counselor at Whites Creek High School where she worked for four years. The opportunity was presented to move to a larger campus so she then transferred to McGavock High School and became the counselor for the CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication and has been there since 2013. This academy has been recognized as the MNPS Academy of the Year and twice has been recognized as a NCAC Model Academy. She is the lead counselor for McGavock High School and serves on the district school counseling leadership team. In 2009 she was recognized by Tennessee State University as Counselor of the year and in 2015 she won Academy Counselor of the year for Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Robbin Wall has been involved with school administration for twenty-four years. He began as a Middle School principal in 1992 and is now the principal at one of the largest high schools in Tennessee, McGavock High School. During his time in education he has served as a classroom teacher, Head Football Coach/Athletic Director, High School Assistant Principal, Middle School Principal, and High School Principal. He has been voted Principal of the Year in Irving, Texas. He was recognized as Principal of the Year by the Region X Educational Service Center in Dallas, Texas and has been voted Principal of the Year in Nashville, TN. Mr. Wall was also recognized as the Academy Principal of the Year with MNPS and was recognized at the 2016 NCAC for his school’s outstanding work with Academies. He was honored to host President Obama in January of 2014 as well as the Vice-President’s wife, Jill Biden, in February of 2016. McGavock High School had the privilege of the President’s visit due to their school being recognized for its academic gains over the past five years along with its “Wall to Wall” National Model status which has happened twice during Mr. Wall’s tenure.
Carrie Whittaker has served as a consultant for the Nashville Hub since 2016. She has facilitated professional learning on Freshman Seminar, Project Based Learning, Interdisciplinary Teaming for Academies, Team Leader and Teaching on the Block. Carrie is also in her 20th year with Metro Nashville Public Schools, having been a secondary classroom teacher, instructional coach, district lead coach, coordinator of instructional projects, learning technology specialist. Starting in July of 2020, Carrie transitioned into the role of Coordinator of Instructional Design. She supports teachers in integrating technology best practices within their instruction along with creating and facilitating professional learning. She is also a member of the Learning Forward Academy. Her hobbies include traveling, watching the Memphis Tigers, horseback riding, farming and spending time with her husband and daughter.