Who We Are

Tennesseans for Student Success is a statewide network of teachers, parents, community leaders, and volunteers who are dedicated to supporting, championing, and fighting for Tennessee’s students and their futures.

We’re committed to building on Tennessee’s historic gains in education. Being twice named the fastest improving state in the nation in education, breaking ACT records, graduating more students on time, and offering early opportunities for success is just the beginning. We work every day to make sure today’s students are more prepared and have even more opportunities for success than those who graduated before them. We’re inviting you to join us in the work for Tennessee’s future.

What We Support

CHAMPIONING HIGHER STANDARDS

Tennesseans rise to any occasion (it’s how we became the Tennessee Volunteers). We know our students can and will rise to the expectations we have of them. It’s also about more than our expectations.

SUPPORTING AN ALIGNED ASSESSMENT

A good test serves as an academic check-in confirming our students are on track for success and that our teachers, schools, and districts supporting their growth. Every day, every nine weeks, every…

PROTECTING ACCOUNTABILITY

For students to succeed, there must be accountability for everyone involved in the classroom. From legislators to administrators, teachers and students, and parents and community volunteers…

INNOVATING IN EDUCATION

Public schools are lighthouses in the community, in families, and in the lives of the students for whom they point the way to success. Every student in Tennessee, no matter their zip code, deserves to learn in a top-notch Tennessee public…

SECURING ECONOMIC FREEDOM FOR ALL

As the global workforce continues to evolve, it is increasingly important to improve alignment among student instruction, teacher preparation, parent engagement, and the development of the necessary skills…

Our Team

LANI SHORT

Communications Director

SUSAN MARTIN

Director, Government Relations

JESSICA WHITMILL

Manager, Policy & Outreach

ALICE BALL

Operations Manager

AMANDA HUGHEY

Executive Assistant

ADAM LISTER

President & CEO

Kurt Faires

Board Member

Austin McMullen

Board Member

Board of Directors

AUSTIN MCMULLEN

Chair

KURT FAIRES

Secretary

SCOTT BROYLES

Chair