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Nashville Area Chamber announces 2012 Academies of Nashville Award nominees

by Lindsay Chambers | Mar 01, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 1, 2012) – Today, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce announced the 2012 Academies of Nashville Award nominees. Sponsored by Altria and Deloitte, the second annual Academies of Nashville Awards will celebrate the success and excellence in Metro Schools’ reform efforts for each of its 12 zoned high schools.

“Nothing is more important to the economic and social vitality of a community than a successful public school system,” said Tom Aaron, Tennessee managing partner for Deloitte. “That is why the business community’s involvement in our schools’ success is so important.”

Since 2006, in partnership with civic and business engagement, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools has been redesigning its zoned high schools into smaller learning communities, collectively known as the Academies of Nashville. The Academies enable students to learn through the lens of a through the lens of a career or thematic focus in a highly personalized learning community, preparing them for college and an eventual career.

Academies partner with area businesses, community agencies and postsecondary schools to provide an enriched experience in and out of the classroom. Hundreds of business and community leaders support the Academies of Nashville through their participation and leadership on a regular basis.

A nominating committee composed of leaders from the school district, Chamber and PENCIL Foundation developed the list of nominees after soliciting input from high school teachers, administrators and staff. In making their decisions, the nominating committee considered the extent to which nominees exhibited qualities consistent with the National Standards of Practice for academies. With more than 1,000 educators working in MNPS high schools and 166 academy partnerships, there was strong competition for the limited number of available nominations.

“These awards recognize the important work Nashville’s public schools are doing to ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed,” said Jessica Pierucki, section sales director, Altria Group Distribution Company. “With U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company’s long ties to Nashville, we are proud to help honor the local school leaders who are making a difference in students’ lives every day.”

The Academies of Nashville Awards recognize distinction in the following categories: Academy Teacher of the Year (CTE/Thematic Pathway), Academy Teacher of the Year (General Education), Academy Team Leader of the Year, Academy Partnership of the Year in six industry areas, Academy Students of the Year, Academy Coach of the Year, Externship Project of the Year, Academy Assistant Principal of the Year, Executive Principal of the Year, Counselor of the Year, Freshman Academy of the Year, and Academy of the Year.

Over the next month, hundreds of educators and business partners will vote for a nominee in each of the categories through an online secret ballot managed by Deloitte. High school principals, academy coaches, and teacher team leaders will all have a vote, as will academy business partners and partnership council members. The winners in each of the awards categories will be announced at an invitation-only event on May 14.

Nominees for the 2012 Academies of Nashville Awards include:

Academy Teacher of the Year (CTE or Thematic Pathway)
  • Deborah Crosby, Business, Academy of Business with Ford PAS, Glencliff High School
  • Patricia Deas, Teaching Pathway, Academy of Teaching and Service, Antioch High School
  • Barclay Randall, Electronic Media, Academy of Digital Design and Communication, McGavock High School
  • Dina Starks, Health Science, Academy of Health Science, Hillwood High School
  • Thao Tran, Marketing, Academy of International Business and Communications, Hillsboro High School
Academy Teacher of the Year (General Education)
  • Jason Bihler, US History, Academy of Teaching and Service, Antioch High School
  • Marci Garner, Social Studies, Academy of Health and Emergency Services, Maplewood High School
  • Andrea Holland, English, Academy of Digital Design and Communication, McGavock High School
  • Shreyas Patel, Biology, Academy of IB Diploma Programme, Hillsboro High School
  • Adam Taylor, Biology, Academy of Engineering, Overton High School
Academy Team Leader
  • Jane Fetters, English, Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance, Antioch High School
  • Stephanie Knight, Spanish, Academy of IB Diploma Programme, Hillsboro High School
  • John “Trip” Nicholson, Accounting, Academy of Business and Hospitality, Hillwood High School
Partnership of the Year, Arts, Media, and Communications Partnership Council
  • Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television and the Academy of Art, Design, and Communication, Hillwood High School
  • The Parthenon and the Academy of Art, Design, and Communication, Hillwood High School
  • Stones River National Battlefield and the Academy of Digital Design and Communication, McGavock High School
Academy Partnership of the Year, Business, Marketing and IT Partnership Council
  • Deloitte and The Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance, Antioch High School
  • The Southwestern Company and the Academy of Marketing and Business, Hunters Lane High School
  • The US Community Credit Union and The US Community Credit Union Academy of Hospitality & Finance at McGavock High School
Academy Partnership of the Year, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Industrial Technology Partnership Council
  • ACE and the Academy of Architecture & Construction at Cane Ridge High School
  • Nashville Electric Service and the Academy of Energy & Power at Maplewood High School
  • Nissan North America and the Academy of Technology & Communication at Antioch High School
Academy Partnership of the Year, Health Partnership Council
  • Dialysis Clinic, Inc. and the Academy of Medical Science and Research at Glencliff High School
  • Metro Public Health Department and the Academy of Community Health at Whites Creek High School
  • Saint Thomas Health Services and the Academy of Health & Emergency Services at Maplewood High School
Academy Partnership of the Year, Hospitality and Tourism Partnership Council
  • Holiday Inn Vanderbilt and the Academy of Business and Hospitality at Hillwood High School
  • Hutton Hotel and the Academy of Business and Hospitality at Hillwood High School
  • Just Cruisin’ Plus and the Academy of Hospitality at Antioch High School
Academy Partnership of the Year, Human and Public Services Partnership Council
  • Davidson County Juvenile Court and the Academy of Law at Cane Ridge High School
  • Metro Nashville District Attorney’s Office and the Academy of Law at Cane Ridge High School
  • Nashville State Community College and the Academy of Teaching and Service at Antioch High School
Academy Coach of the Year
  • Paula Barkley, McGavock High School
  • Emily Hughes, Hillwood High School
  • Lance Lott, Cane Ridge High School
Externship Project of the Year
  • CMT, Rocketown, Stones River Battlefield and the Academy of Digital Design and Communication at McGavock High School
  • Nashville Education Community and Arts Television (NECAT), The Parthenon, McNeely, Pigott & Fox and the Academy of Art, Design & Communication at Hillwood High School
  • Vanderbilt University Center for Science Outreach and the Academy of Science and Engineering at Stratford High School
Academy Assistant Principal of the Year
  • James Bailey, Academy of International Business and Communications, Hillsboro High School
  • Lisa Bonelli, Academy of Hospitality and Finance, McGavock High School
  • Darren Kennedy, Academy of Health and Emergency Services, Maplewood High School
Executive Principal of the Year
  • Steve Chauncey, Hillwood High School
  • Michel Wall, Cane Ridge High School
  • Robbin Wall, McGavock High School
Counselor of the Year
  • Allison Bateman, Academy of International Business & Communications, Hillsboro High School
  • Ronee Power, Freshman Academy, Hunters Lane High School
  • Carla Robinson, Academy of Health Sciences, Hillwood High School
Freshman Academy of the Year
  • Cane Ridge High School Freshman Academy
  • Hillsboro High School Freshman Academy
  • Stratford High School Freshman Academy
Academies of the Year
  • Academy of Medical Science and Research, Glencliff High School
  • Academy of Health Sciences, Hillwood High School
  • Academy of Digital Design and Communication, McGavock High School
For more information on the Academies of Nashville, visit www.academiesofnashville.com.