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2024 Teachers for Student Success Cohort Announced

Tennesseans for Student Success is delighted to announce the third cohort of Teachers for Student Success, a year-long education advocacy and policy leadership development program designed to empower educators from around the state with the knowledge and tools necessary to enact education policy change at the school, community, and state levels.

Providing educators with an avenue to learn about policy and amplify their voice through advocacy is crucially important to Tennesseans for Student Success’s mission of championing high-quality educational opportunities and working to ensure every Tennessee student has access to a great public education.

Join us in congratulating the 2024 Teachers for Student Success Cohort:

  • Dana Christian, Hollow Rock-Bruceton School District
  • Megan Cohan, Emerald Academy Knoxville
  • Brandon Crouch, Fentress County Schools
  • Greg Hayworth, Grainger County Schools
  • Keturah Kirby, Rocketship Northeast Nashville
  • Melissa LaFollette, Maryville City Schools
  • Ivy Miller, Rutherford County Schools
  • Paige Pope, Bradley County Schools
  • Carla Smith, Leadership Academy Memphis
  • Jillian Sutton, Chattanooga Prep
  • Sherrie Wilson, McNairy County Schools
  • Josef Woody, Memphis-Shelby County Schools

Fellows attend professional development around public policy, legislation, advocacy, leadership, and community engagement. Throughout the program, fellows engage with leaders from the General Assembly, Department of Education, Board of Education, nonprofit partners, and local schools, ultimately completing a Fellowship Impact Project highlighting an area of policy and action steps that can be taken to support students through their chosen policy area.

Contact Meredith McGann at to learn when you can apply for the next cohort or to discuss partnership opportunities.

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