Before his introduction to Metro Nashville Public Schools, Chris Echegaray was an award winning journalist with a focus on immigration and gangs in middle Tennessee. When he decided to make a career move, he knew he wanted to use his communication skills in support of a mission-focused organization. So, in 2013, he found his way to the MNPS Communications team where he served for two years.
“Because I’m a mission centered person, I couldn’t leave journalism and go into the corporate world. I had to be able to believe in what I would be doing and public education is definitely worthy of mission centered people,” Echegaray said.
For two days, fifth grade students at Bellevue Middle School took their STEAM classroom learning to a new level through a series of unique and exciting experiments showcasing changes in matter.
More than 200 students were able to take their textbook learning and witness the concepts in action by using creative materials, thanks to the Nashville Fire Department (NFD) and Captain Wilkerson, a 40-year veteran of the department.
Huong Trinh, a junior at Glencliff High School, never considered herself an athlete and was far from a sports fan. At the time, she was an average eighth grader hanging with her friends getting prepared for high school. However, when Trinh decided to attend her brother’s tennis match, her interest in sports changed. While watching the match she grew eager to learn more about tennis.
“I saw that my brother enjoyed playing tennis and when I told him I was interested in playing he was excited for me to begin,” Trinh said. “I also befriended my brother’s teammates and asked them questions about tennis. When they noticed how interested I was in playing tennis, they encouraged me to join the team once I started attending Glencliff High School.”
Metro Nashville Public Schools’ (MNPS) early childhood education programs focus on a high-quality, play-based curriculum that supports the development of the whole child and prepares children for kindergarten.
Amanda Vernon is the parent of an MNPS prekindergarten (Pre-K) student at Ivanetta H Davis Early Learning Center. With one child who went to Pre-K and what who went straight into kindergarten, she can see how getting her child into school earlier has benefitted her youngest already. Although both children have adjusted well, Vernon sees the benefits of early childhood education.
Throughout the month of March, Metro Nashville Public Schools is honoring the work school social workers do in service to students every day. Social workers connect what happens in the home, in the community and in schools – and they strive to provide social and emotional support in a way that promotes students’ overall success, both in life and in the classroom.
Yasmin Johnson, an eight-year veteran of the MNPS social work department, shared her day-to-day experience and why she chose this work in this interview:
Jan Lineberger always wanted to be an English teacher, but found her way into the data and testing world instead discovering what turned out to be a perfect mix of interests.
“There is always a narrative in the data,” Lineberger said noting her love of books, specifically 19th century British fiction, as a complement to her career choice. “I work to uncover that story and help teachers and schools move the narrative along.”
On any given day, in any of our more than 160 schools, you can hear music playing, see students dancing, acting or creating art – all brilliant examples of vibrant arts education programs providing students an opportunity to tap into their creative power and find their voice.
Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) joins school districts across the country in recognizing the month of March as Music in Our Schools Month, Youth Art Month, Theatre in Our Schools Month and Dance in Our Schools Month! We know participation in the arts can transform the lives of students and positively impact their academic, social and emotional growth. This year, MNPS schools will host more than 200 arts events.
Parents and partners are encouraged to attend a MNPS arts event, take photos and share them online using the hashtag #ArtsMoveMNPS!
Pearl-Cohn High School was one of two Metro high school basketball teams making an appearance at the 2019 Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association state championship playoffs. Senior Steven Watkins, who towers over his opponents at 6’2, was a huge part of taking his team to the next level.
“We were excited about playing in the state tournament,” Watkins said. “It has been a challenging season for the team but we made it. I am proud to be a Firebird.”
Stephen Goheen’s commitment to children began long before he started working at H.G. Hill Middle School as the front office secretary two years ago. As a foster parent for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Service, he decided to seek a career within the school district because it was more conducive to a “kid-friendly” schedule.
“I needed a schedule that worked with my family so I could be an engaged parent,” Goheen said, adding he loves spending time with his kids. “By working here I get to spend time with my kids and impact a lot of other kids. Interacting with kids is my happy place.”
Aalysa Cameron, a seventh grader at Margaret Allen Middle School, is a member of the Sports Club at her middle school. While participating in Sports Club, students have the opportunity to try-out and learn about various extra-curricular activities the school offers. After much consideration and some positive persuading from her coach, Cameron was drawn to track and field.
“This is my first time participating in any sport at my school and I wanted to try something out of the norm for me. Track and field was it,” Cameron said.