We are looking for community leaders and MNPS graduates who are making a difference for Nashville’s students. By highlighting the success of our alumni and change-makers in the city, we hope to unite our community in celebration of education and inspire the next generation of leaders.
Nelson C. Andrews
Distinguished Service Award
Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees
Founded by Jami Oakley in 2015, UniCycle provides clean, appropriate uniforms for Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) students in need. Through the Homeless Education Resource Office (HERO), UniCycle collects “outgrown, not worn out” school uniforms that are then re-distributed to students at UniCycle Closets found in 50 public schools across Nashville. Nearly 13,000 pieces of clothing were distributed to MNPS students during the 2018–2019 school year alone. But this program is about so much more than clothes; it is about helping students and families focus on what matters most – their studies – rather than worrying about how they will buy expensive school uniforms each year.
Restorative Student Leaders
Restorative Student Leaders is an entirely student-led initiative that is creating a powerful culture shift in MNPS. Under the guidance of teachers Laura Fittz and Ellen Montgomery, student leaders at Glencliff and Hillsboro high schools are co-designing and implementing “restorative practices” in their schools. These practices represent an important paradigm shift, moving schools away from punitive cultures and toward school cultures where students and teachers seek to repair and restore damaged relationships. The Restorative Student Leaders, who call themselves the Glencliff Peace Team and Hillsboro CORE, are not only studying social problems affecting their lives, they are also designing solutions and leading valuable trainings that are actually solving these problems, forming stronger, safer school communities in the process.
Inspiring Educator Award
The Inspiring Educator Award will be presented to an individual teacher who is a leader in their school and who is creating change to ensure all students can thrive. Strong candidates will have positively impacted their schools in at least one of the following ways:
- Leading with ambitious instruction;
- Fostering a culture of collaborative learning;
- Creating an inclusive and supportive school culture; and/or
- Developing and utilizing engaging and relevant curricular materials.
The award winner will receive a $5,000 award, split equally between the educator and their school.
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health
J Graham Inc
Nashville Electric Service
Nashville State Community College Foundation
Orcutt Winslow LLP
Southwest Value Partners
Studio Bank/Harry Allen
TBR - The College System of Tennessee
Trauger & Tuke
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