Karl Dean for Governor Announces Educators for Dean

Karl Dean for Governor Announces Educators for Dean

Dean Reinforces Commitment to Raising Teacher Pay and Expanding Access to Vocational Programs and High Quality Pre-K

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 8, 2018) — As teachers and students across Tennessee start a new school year, the Karl Dean for Governor campaign today announced the formation of Educators for Dean.

The group, which is composed of education professionals with a variety of experiences from communities throughout the state, will provide counsel to the campaign on education issues and help promote why Dean is the best candidate to improve educational opportunities in Tennessee.

“Anne’s mother was a teacher and our son taught in Memphis City Schools before going to law school. We know that educators who are in the classroom every day have the greatest insight into what’s working well in our public school systems and what’s not,” Dean said.

Early in Dean’s campaign, he held teacher roundtable discussions in every region of the state as part of his “Jobs & Family” tour. Dean said listening to the ideas and concerns of educators is something he will remain committed to doing in the Governor’s Office.

“Tennessee has made significant progress on public education under Governor Haslam and Governor Bredesen,” Dean said. “We need to continue that progress by ensuring every community in Tennessee has the resources it needs to be successful. This includes raising teacher pay and better supporting the professional growth of educators so that we can be competitive in attracting and retaining the best and the brightest teachers.”

Dean’s education platform also includes expanding access to vocational and technical training programs, similar to what was done in Nashville while he was mayor with the development of career academies in each of the high schools. Dean also supports expanding access to high quality pre-K programs across Tennessee.

“Mayor Karl Dean is the rare combination of a leader with a proven record of commitment to public education and the expertise to know what will help move students and teachers to new heights. He is a grounded, forward-thinking individual who is open to new approaches in education and understands the ripple effect of bettering the system from the bottom up. He is willing to listen to teachers—those in the trenches—and realizes that they need quality resources to provide the best education for our future citizens—the students of Tennessee,” said Penny Ferguson, a Maryville teacher and founding member of Educators for Dean.

As Mayor of Nashville, Dean made education his No. 1 priority, protecting funding for public schools even during the depths of the Great Recession. As soon as the economy allowed it, Dean began investing heavily in Nashville public schools, increasing the school district’s overall budget by 37 percent and providing more than $600 million in capital funds, mainly for school building renovations and expansions.

“As mayor, Karl Dean supported initiatives that were beneficial for the students and the educators which in turn made Nashville a better place to learn, live and work. As an educator, I believe the goal is to leave people better than you found them and that is what Karl Dean will do for the state of Tennessee,” said Jolinea Pogues, Shelby County special education teacher and founding member of Educators for Dean.

Co-Chair of Educators for Dean Penny Ferguson, Maryville, Teacher 
Co-Chair of Educators for Dean Jolinea Pegues, Memphis, Teacher

Other founding members of Educators for Dean include:

  • Michelle Bancroft, Nashville, Teacher
  • Murray Benson, Nashville, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Tricia Berry, Nashville, Teacher
  • Sam Brobeck, Memphis, Teacher
  • Vicki Brown, Cordova, Teacher
  • Alana Brown, Cordova, Administration Assistant
  • Amber Buchanan, Madison, Teacher
  • Marees Choppin, Nashville, Spanish Teacher
  • Kathleen Cucci, Nashville, Teacher
  • Ashley Cunningham, Nashville, Science Curriculum Designer
  • Shannon Davis, Jackson, Academic Coordinator
  • Betty Frost, Jackson, Retired Professor
  • Glenda Glover Nashville, University President
  • Rachel Godfrey, Nashville, 7th Grade Math Teacher
  • Katie Hoffmeier, Nashville, First Grade Teacher
  • Mary-Owen Holmes, Nashville, High School History Teacher
  • Tara Hunter, Lakeland, Assistant Principal
  • Brittany Iams, Nashville, Math Curriculum Design Lead and Teacher
  • Marcus Johnson, Memphis, Teacher
  • Dinah Johnson, Arlington, Shelby County Retired Teacher
  • Tressa Jones, Memphis, Educator
  • Quandrea Jones, Memphis, Teacher
  • Jennifer Kimball, Nashville, Third Grade Teacher
  • Sarah Leach, Nolensville, Teacher
  • Stein Lee, Memphis, Teacher
  • Liz Malugen, Nashville, School Administrator
  • Kathleen Marshall, Nashville, Teacher
  • Sam Mattson, Memphis, Teacher
  • Soya Moore, Bartlett, Educator
  • Steve Nelson, Nashville, Science Teacher
  • Lagra Newman, Nashville, School Administrator
  • Elizabeth O’Shea, Nashville, Retired Teacher
  • Treesa Olickal, Nashville, Teacher
  • Jolinea Pegues, Cordova, Teacher
  • Elizabeth Ponce, Nashville, Teacher
  • Curt Rakestraw, Memphis, Teacher
  • Lucie Rhoads, Nashville, School Administrator
  • Caroline Rhodes, Nashville, School Administrator
  • Roderick Richmond, Memphis, School District Administrator
  • Cheryl Ross-Williams Cordova, Instructional Support Advisor
  • Mattie Smith, Cordova, Administrator
  • Amanda Smithfield, Nashville, Librarian
  • Teresa Standard, Nashville, School Administrator
  • Erika Sugarmon, Memphis, Teacher
  • Shaina Tey, Nashville, Teacher
  • Kait Troy, Nashville, School Administrator
  • Deadre Ussery, Lakeland, Educator
  • Wanda Woodruff, Cordova, Teacher
  • Valerie Young, Brighton, Teacher
  • Todd Dickson, Nashville, Administrator
  • Mary Mitchell, Crossville, Educator
  • Dr.Terrence Brown, Memphis, Educator
  • Dr. Gregory Pearson, Memphis, Educator
  • Denille Pugh, Nashville, Educator
  • Sarah Cooper, Morristown, Educator
  • Jamie Petty, Chattanooga, Educator
  • Timothy Ware, Memphis, Educator
  • Kim Ware, Memphis, Educator
  • Jessica Peccolo-Donnell, Jackson, Educator
  • Jessica Hubbuch, Chattanooga, Educator
  • Anne Duvall, Memphis, Educator
  • Jean Webb, Cookeville, Retired Teacher
  • De-Mi Woodfork, Memphis, Behavioral Specialist

Click here to sign up to be a member of Educators for Dean.