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Local Nonprofit Announces MNPS "Teacherpreneur" Cohort

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Nashville Public Education Foundation taps teachers for grant partnership with Amazon

The Nashville Public Education Foundation (NPEF) this week announced the group of Metro Nashville teachers who will be a part of this year's "teacherpreneur" cohort. The group will be tasked with developing innovative solutions to the most challenging problems in Metro Schools. Amazon is a partner in the project and will award a total of $25,000 in cash prizes as well as funding to help advance the ideas developed in the program.

“No one better understands the challenges faced by students than our teachers in the classroom. We are so grateful to have access to such creative and compassionate educators in our district to form this cohort,” said Katie Cour, President and CEO of the Nashville Public Education Foundation. “We look forward to supporting them in designing solutions that showcase their expertise and promote equity and innovation in Nashville’s schools.”

This year’s cohort includes the following educators:


Tabatha Barner, Glencliff Entrepreneurship STEAM Magnet Elementary School
Anna Bernstein, Bellevue Middle School
Taylor Edens, Early College High School
Nathan Fields, Hillsboro High School
Kellee Hill, Whites Creek High School
Jennifer Love, East Nashville Magnet High School
Sarai Ovalle, Antioch Middle School
Jonathan Parrish, W.A. Bass Alternative Learning Center High School
Christopher Reid, Cole Elementary School
Samantha Singer, Glencliff High School
Kate Sundell, LEAD Academy High School

The cohort will participate in a series of design sessions beginning in December to help them conceptualize and develop their ideas in preparation for a public community pitch event judged by a panel of experts. The public showcase will aim to celebrate the innovative work of Nashville’s teachers, shed light on the inequities students encounter in schools, and demonstrate what’s possible for creating positive change.

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