Cheerleading is part of Kayla Dick’s DNA. Each kick, each move and every form, she learned from her mother who was a National Football League Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
“It is pretty awesome that my mother was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader,” Dick said. “I hope that I have made her proud by following in her cheerleading footsteps.”
Dick, now in her senior year, has participated in cheerleading since the age of four years old and even participated as a member of Tennessee State University’s Little Tigers cheer squad. She took what she learned and began cheering in middle school and now serves as captain for the Hillsboro High School Burros cheerleading team during football and basketball season. In this role, she ensures each member of the team is ready for the season conducting two- to three-hour practices and workouts. The team also attends Universal Cheer Association camps to enhance their techniques and competition performances.
Adlee (Faith) Manion, an English teacher at Nashville School of the Arts, has been awarded the prestigious “Teacher of the Year” designation for the 2018-2019 school year – an honor voted on by the faculty, staff and administrators at her school.
“I am humbled because there are so many teachers who are deserving of this same honor,” Manion said. “I am very appreciative.”
Education has proven more than a passion for Manion. She views teaching as transformative to students and gives it credit for her own success.
“My success is certainly a testament to the educators in my life who taught me that a K-12 career is not only about the academic skills but the social-emotional and life skills needed to press onward in my life and achieve my goals and dreams,” she said.
When Ian Marshall learned how to swim, there were no swim instructors or lifeguards at the pool. It was just him and his grandfather who took the non-traditional approach of throwing him into the pool to teach him everything he needed to know about swimming. Today, with the help from trainers of the Nashville Aquatics Club, his swim coach Skyler Findley, along with the early teachings of his grandfather, Marshall is on his way to swimming on the collegiate level.
“My grandfather wanted to teach me how to swim his way,” Marshall said. “I guess throwing me in the pool was the best method of teaching. I’m still swimming.”
Excellence; success; opportunity. These are all things we want for every single student in Nashville’s public schools.
But we can’t help our students achieve these three things if they aren’t in school. When students miss school, they miss out. Student who are in school consistently learn more, achieve higher and are more likely to graduate high school ready for their next step – and we want to help our families and students get to school every day.
Gary Mitchell enjoys his work with Metro Nashville Public Schools so much so that he decided to take on double duties. Mitchell serves not only as an educational assistant in a Pre-K classroom at Napier Elementary School, but is also the lead custodian there, too.
Mitchell, who has been with the district since 2003, started his career at Napier as a custodian. He recalls the encouragement he received from the head custodian at the time, who he said saw something special in him.
David Williams II, an advocate for public education and long-time supporter of Metro Nashville Public Schools, died unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 of an apparent heart attack. Williams, who had served as a middle school teacher and coach in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan for 10 years before pursuing a legal career, never hesitated to share his views on public education and its importance to the city of Nashville.
“I believe in my soul there is no issue more important to a community’s success than public education,” Williams once said. “I saw what happened in Detroit and Columbus when the public lost faith and confidence in its public schools. It had a devastating effect on those cities. I want to do whatever it takes to ensure Nashville never falls victim to that.”
As Ellie Smith reflects on her soccer career at Hillwood High School, she is now preparing to envision herself playing the game with her new teammates. Smith recently accepted a scholarship to play soccer at Maryville College and she couldn’t be more ready to play her first game.
“My family are my biggest supporters,” Smith said. “Playing in college is a big deal and I hope that they continue to support all the way in Nashville. Maryville is not too far away and I’m hoping for games close to home.”
The Metropolitan Nashville Office of Internal Audit released its report addressing questions about the district’s compliance or non-compliance with particular purchasing policies, federal regulations, and state law, within the context of the allegations that were made. Of the 18 allegations made against MNPS, 16 were unsubstantiated, and the two which were substantiated were clearly explained.
For National School Counseling Appreciation week, we interviewed two counselors of the many in Metro Schools. All week we have seen schools sharing appreciative social media posts of their awesome counselors and heard the amazing things they do for their schools. Here are just two of the staff stories.
Black History Month provides an opportunity to highlight the amazing contributions of the African-American community and connect it to intentional learning about that history. Students at Eakin Elementary School recently hosted their 3rd annual Black History Live Wax Museum event selecting notable Black figures to celebrate and share with others what they learned.