Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance
Through a partnership with the Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance, Hamilton County Schools focuses on the recruitment and retention of a diverse teaching workforce and school support staff. Learn more about the district's partnership with TECA and how you can be involved.
Affinity Groups provide a space for educators of color to network , receive support, engage in professional development, and learn more about upcoming leadership opportunities.Learn More
Our Employees Self-Identify as:
Teachers of Color
Leaders of Color (Principals, Instructional Coaches, etc)
Hear from our Leaders and Educators
Dr. Marsha Drake, Chief Equity Officer
“Educational Equity is the work of all educational stakeholders. We must all work together to create a district culture that is inclusive of ALL the students we serve ensuring that the students are provided opportunities to experience success without limits.
I choose a career at HCS because I saw myself in the students that I served in the urban and rural areas that I served. Once in the classroom I saw myself in the mentors of color in leadership that took me under their wing and provided me with a plethora of opportunities for growth and advancement.”
Erin Glenn, Induction Specialist
“I am beyond grateful for teacher leadership pathways available in Hamilton County Schools. Having served as a content lead, Future Ready Institutes Coach, new teacher mentor, and LEAD (Leadership, Exploration, and Development) program participant, I'm fortunate for experiences that provide the opportunity for professional learning and growth. Attainable for anyone interested in expanding their work, leadership tracks can be found across all grade levels and subjects taught.”
Tiffany Wiltshire, Teacher – Tyner Academy
“I come from a long line of educators in my family. I know how important it is to be in a position where my students can see someone who looks like them. I understand the impact I make on my female students of color not only as a teacher but a life-long advocate.”
Jonathan Brown, Teacher – Orchard Knob Elementary School
"We need diverse men because when a male teacher steps into the classroom and embraces their true self, they change the narrative and add another definition of what it means to be a male to their scholars book. They show their scholars how to be unapologetically them and how to embrace all that is them."
Charhonda Gardner, Assistant Principal - Brainerd High School
"LEAD validated my understanding of the assistant principal’s role in Hamilton County. While networking with other aspiring LEADs, I gained valuable insight into Hamilton County’s equitable practices and leadership beliefs. The just-in-time exposure to McREL's Balanced Leadership Framework gave me the confidence that I was ready for my new role as an assistant principal."