Nashvillians recognized in first Tennessee Charter School Gala

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 10:58am
Staff reports

Nashville’s charter school community received high recognition from some of its own recently when the Tennessee Charter School Association awarded members at its first ever gala, held at the Union Station Hotel.

On May 11, some 250 charter school leaders, teachers, advocates and parents from across the state gathered for the Tennessee Charter School Gala, issuing awards for Teacher of the Year, Innovative School of the Year, Advocate of the Year, and inducted two new members of the Charter School Hall of Fame.

Nominations were solicited from across the state, and a committee of representatives from education organizations, foundations and schools chose the winners.

More than 200 nominations were submitted for the Teacher of the Year competition out of a pool of teachers from Chattanooga, Nashville and Memphis. The Teacher of the Year winners are:

  • Elementary School: Elise Hurst, Memphis College Prep
  • Middle School: Anna Billa, STEM Preparatory Academy, Nashville
  • High School: Samaa Kemal, Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering

Nashville Prep, a first-year middle school on the Avon Williams Campus of Tennessee State University, won the Innovative School of the Year award.

Rosemary Porter, a great-grandmother of two charter school students in Chattanooga, who has volunteered over 1,000 hours within two schools and as a political advocate in Nashville the Advocate of the Year award was given to. 

John Eason and Bill Deloache, both of Nashville, were inducted into the Charter School Hall of Fame. Both men have a history of supporting public education reform and promoted the first Tennessee charter school legislation in 1992.

"We are fortunate to have such hard working contributors to the movement,” said Matt Throckmorton, executive director of TCSA. “These two men have worked tirelessly for two decades now to promote charter school legislation and a high-quality charter school movement. We are excited to honor them for their invaluable efforts.”

2 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 5/24/12 at 4:57

Is this not amazing???? 98% of Tennesseans have no idea what these charter schools teach.

By: Balo on 5/26/12 at 10:42

Did we miss something. Where do these people come from and how did they get control of educating the kids of this state? Self imposed Hall of Fame amazing!!!