Ben Schumacher Named Executive Director of Teach For America–Greater Nashville

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Nashville, Tenn., July 1, 2016—Today, Teach For America announced Ben Schumacher as the new executive director of the organization’s Greater Nashville region. In this role, Schumacher will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the region, building and enriching community partnerships, and cultivating private, public and foundation support. Schumacher will lead Teach For America-Greater Nashville as they continue to enlist, develop and mobilize remarkable, diverse educators and leaders to work alongside the communities of Greater Nashville to ensure every student reaches their full potential. He brings perspective and expertise from the classroom and previous leadership roles on Teach For America staff.

Schumacher graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from Harvard University with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. After working as a management consultant, Schumacher joined Teach For America in 2011 serving as Director of Strategy within the Office of the President. Continuing his mission to prepare students to become the next generation of leaders, in 2014, Schumacher left his role as the Senior Managing Director within the Strategy, Innovation, and Organizational Development team to join the 2014 Teach For America-Greater Nashville corps teaching 6th grade science at Valor Collegiate Academy, where he was the Science Department Chair and founding faculty member. Last year he led his students to the highest percentage of advanced scores on state assessments among 500+ public middle schools in Tennessee.   Schumacher also served as School Director at Cole Elementary in summer 2015, one of TFA-Nashville’s summer teacher training sites, leading teams of new teachers to provide excellent summer learning opportunities to Nashville students.

"Ben's exceptional talents as educator and management consultant bring relevant experience and proven abilities to this critical leadership role at TFA Nashville,” said Daphne Butler, Teach For America—Greater Nashville Regional Advisory Board Chair. “His leadership style is marked by keen strategic insight made ever more extraordinary by the creativity and spirit of partnership that guides his approach. I speak for our entire board when I say that we are confident in Ben's ability to help ensure that one day every child in Nashville will have access to an excellent education. We are delighted to have him on board!"

Teach For America has been partnering with the Greater Nashville community since 2009. During the 2015–2016 school year, Teach For America’s seventh year in Greater Nashville, more than 180 corps members taught in high-need schools. Approximately 650 Teach For America alumni are working in the region impacting local communities. Nearly 75 percent of local alumni continue to work in education as teachers, school and district leaders, and in the education non-profit space while others are leaders in fields like law and social work that impact access to a quality education.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Greater Nashville region as we continue to strive for educational equity for all students” said Schumacher. “My previous roles with Teach For America, as well as my time spent partnering with students and families at Valor and Cole have filled me with a sense of optimism about what’s possible for all students in our city. I am excited to continue building upon the progress and strong relationships we have already made within the Nashville community.”

Schumacher joins Teach For America–Greater Nashville as they embark on their eighth year building a diverse group of leaders who partner with local communities and other educators to work toward a day when every student in Nashville has the opportunity to attain an excellent education. Schumacher will lead Teach For America-Greater Nashville’s team to support corps members and alumni as they work with students in high-needs classrooms and partner with stakeholders across the Nashville community to build lasting impact.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 53 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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