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Donna Gilley is the new Academies of Nashville director

030 Donna Gilley is not new to Metro Schools, but she is now serving the district in a new role as the director for the Academies of Nashville.  In her role, she helps manage career and thematic academies across the district, works with business partners to create engaging activities for students, and facilitates professional development for teachers.

Gilley has been involved in the support and management of academies for the past nine years at the district level. Prior to her work at the district office, she spent 17 years in the classroom teaching a variety of business courses before joining district office administration seven years ago. She has been involved in many aspects of development and implementation of the Academies of Nashville. Gilley has also been actively involved with the Ford Next Generation Learning Communities as a professional development provider and consultant for more than 20 years.

Her educational background is in business and business education. She received her undergraduate business degree from Belmont University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Jack C. Massey School of Business at Belmont University in Nashville.

Read Gilley's greeting to the Nashville community here.