We celebrate their leadership and commitment to students.
Meet the 50 outstanding teachers who are changing lives through their excellence in teaching in Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Kristyn BooneWilliam Henry Oliver Middle
Deana ConnJohn Overton High
Ellie DrennanJohn Overton High
Sara GodshallAmqui Elementary
Jacqueline HannaGlenview Elementary
"Knowing that everyday I have an opportunity to uplift the student body presenting them with new ideas keeps me motivated. I am able to put aside the uncertainties the moment students enter my classroom. It brings me pure joy diving into our musical experiences specifically when presenting new ideas to students."
Josh HengenValor College Prep
Mary HortonGlenview Elementary
"I hope that our schools will be a place where all students, regardless of where they are academically or socially, will have the opportunity of voice and choice and have access to essential educators, resources and support that they need for encouragement and enhancement that will enable their academic, social, and emotional growth."
Trey JacobsNashville School of the Arts
Cheryl JolleyJohn Overton High
Kelly LarsenJohn Trotwood Moore Middle
Brian LongSTEM Prep High
"I've been working with students for 15 years (8 of which in MNPS) and on days when I'm struggling or unsure about the future, I think of all of my former students that I've impacted and that continue to reach out to me. The connections are what makes this job manageable even in the toughest of times."
Meredith McGinnisJohn Overton High
"Our city is bursting with innovation and opportunity. My students learn so much when they are invited out into the workplace and into the social fabric of Nashville. Helping students gain early exposure to future opportunities and postsecondary life is the best way to impact students as a community member."
Trevia McPhersonKIPP Kirkpatrick Elementary
Marlene MillerGranbery Elementary
"Students thriving in my classroom are on fire for learning. They are eager, asking questions, diligently looking for answers. They are not easily deterred. I unpack the learning for the day and they take it from there. They achieve because they are empowered and are intrinsically motivated to learn."
Kim MountjoyDepartment of Exceptional Education
Meggan NaveDan Mills Elementary
"I believe in what I’m doing and the power of positive educators. So, I choose to put a smile on my face, joy in my heart, and do the best I can even when it’s hard. I feed off the energy of my students and rejoice at every small gain along the way. My students’ precious faces, growth, happiness, and hilarious antics keep me going each day."
Maddie RyanNashville Classical
Eileen SandersonValor Voyager Academy
Tyler SelbradeMartin Luther King Jr. Magnet
"In my classroom, students who are thriving are constantly creating connections from classwork to current events. While teaching government, I find it imperative for students to bridge the gap between the theoretical work we are discussing in class, to the real world applications of the lessons that we have."
John WomackMartin Luther King Jr. Magnet
Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee, and the Nashville Public Education Foundation created the Blue Ribbon Teacher Awards to recognize top teaching talent in our public schools.