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Three Metro Schools leaders up for Nashville Emerging Leader Awards, Dr. Register wins Impact Award

Register Jesse 03-24-2011 Some of the top talent in Nashville is right here in Metro Schools.

Three of our district leaders are finalists for the Nashville Emerging Leaders Awards (NELAs) given by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville. In addition, our Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register will receive the groups' Impact Award for having a positive effect on local young professionals.

Dr. Register was nominated for the Impact Award because he both leads and develops young professionals in Nashville. Through programs like the Teacher Leadership Institute, new teachers can strengthen their talents and learn how to be school leaders. He also ensures they have competitive pay and strong support as they enter the workforce.

But his most important work is definitely educating Nashville's next generation of young professionals. Students in Metro Schools are exposed to real-world learning at a young age, which helps them focus on a future of college and career. The Academies of Nashville, which flourished under Dr. Register's leadership, have made Metro Schools a national leader in this area of education.

The NELAs are given out every year to young professionals who display strong leadership and make an impact on the community. Of the five nominees in the Education category, three are from Metro Schools:

  • Dr. Jennifer Berry, Academy Coach at Stratford STEM Magnet High School Dr. Berry is helping lead the remarkable transformation at Stratford. As the Academy coach, she is responsible for engaging students, teachers and community partners in the school's STEM-based academies and helps set the academic trajectory for the school. Working with her principal Michael Steele and three Academy principals. Dr. Berry is helping return Stratford to its place as a strong neighborhood school with incredible East Nashville community support.
  • Dr. Nicole Cobb, Director of School Counseling Dr. Cobb helps Metro students get to and through college. She is the district's chief counselor and sets the standard for 256 school counselors and their staff. Their work goes beyond just class scheduling and college applications. They are responsible for helping students plan for and achieve a bright future. That means helping with academics, college and career planning, character education and even counseling for personal matters. Thanks to Dr. Cobb's leadership, our counselors will continue to evolve and grow until they can touch every aspect of school life to improve educational outcomes for all students.
  • Chad High, Principal of Cole Elementary School (Moving to Granbery Elementary School in 2014-15) Mr. High knows Nashville public schools: his mother was a teacher here and his father was a principal. As leader of a diverse elementary school in South Nashville, he has shown great ability to engage with parents and build a community around the school. His passion and love for his students comes through even in everyday conversation. It's clear he's had an impact on the Cole community and will do so for Granbery, too, when he starts there next school year.

The NELAs will be given out on July 31. Congratulations to these educators, and thank you for all you do for Metro students!