Daniel Craig thought he had his career all figured out, but an encounter with an Metro Nashville Public Schools employee would redirect his plans and land him in a job devoted to serving special needs students for nearly 20 years.
Craig, a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, never imagined that his career would include teaching special needs students.
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Are you a few credits short of earning your high school diploma on time? Do you need to make up a credit for a class you failed? You can catch up this summer – FOR FREE – with credit recovery at 12 MNPS high schools and earn the academic credit you need for graduation. Only students enrolled in an MNPS high school or charter high school in Spring 2019 are eligible to apply.
In just a few days, our schools will host graduation ceremonies for hundreds of new alumni. This is a momentous, life-changing achievement for students and their families. To ensure graduation day is the joyous celebration all students and their families deserve, we want to share some general tips for those who will be attending. Schools will provide school-specific rules and instructions to their families.
Cortlyn Garner promised herself that eighth grade would be the one she participated in more extracurricular activities at Antioch Middle School. As soon as Garner committed to her decision, a friend invited her to tryout for cheerleading. It was one of the best decisions she made.
“I am so glad that I made the cheerleading squad,” Garner said. “I have made new friends. I have become more outgoing and enhanced my leadership skills as a person and a student. I look forward to possibly joining the cheerleading team in high school.”
Tyler Lisowski teaches for Metro Nashville Public Schools but not in a conventional classroom. Instead, he leads a class on Vanderbilt University’s campus in one of seven Community Based Transition Program locations. The Community Based Transition Program is for students ages 18-22 with varying levels of disabilities. They learn job and social skills, independent life skills and much more. These students are not sitting sedentary in their classrooms, they are working together on activities, taking field trips, doing exercises and working at job sites.
“We try to remain focused not on what they can’t do, but what they CAN do,” Lisowski said. “These students are punctual, motivated and have attention to detail. They have great skills to offer the community.”
It’s not too late for current eighth and ninth grade students to apply for the Early College High School Program!
By taking advantage of this opportunity, students may graduate with a high school diploma and college associate degree and be ready to fast track their college plans and/or begin building a career. The Early College High School Program is a relatively new program for Metro Nashville Public Schools.
While Brandon Miller is a Metro Nashville Public Schools legacy, he decided to pursue a different path in his athletic aspirations. His mother, father, older siblings and event his godfather all graduated from Metro Schools. His mother ran track and field for Hillwood High School and his father played football for Hillsboro High School. He big shoes and decision to make. Brandon decided to choose the path of basketball.
“Coming from an athletic family pushes me to continue to do my best,” Miller said. “Their encouragement and advice is helpful. Even though it is coming from my parents or brother or sister, it is one athlete helping another athlete.”