We’re proud to introduce the members of our 2016 Parent Advisory Council. The council will effectively engage parents with leaders at the Tennessee Department of Education, as we work together to support our students. Members will collect and share feedback on current issues in education, district implementation of state policy, and the department’s parent communications strategies. Additionally, council members will share important information with other parents in their communities.
Five members were selected from each Grand Division. We’re excited to collaborate with this dynamic group of volunteers.
Jackson-Madison County Schools
Kim Cagle has been married to her high school sweetheart, Mark, for 22 years. They have two active teenage boys, Mason (17) and Bryce (14). She is a pastor’s wife, the South Side High School (SSHS) volleyball chaplain, SSHS baseball team treasurer, and full-time SSHS assistant. She devotes her time to her church, SSHS, and community.
Germantown Municipal School District
Paula has been an active parent volunteer at Farmington Elementary for the past 12 years. She has served the Farmington Elementary PTA as president, vice president of fund development, library services coordinator and school carnival chair.
Shelby County Schools
Michelle is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with a passion for supporting public education. She lives in Memphis with her husband and their four children, ranging from a son who is a senior at White Station High School, to two sons at White Station Middle School, and a daughter in pre-school. Michelle has enthusiastically served in roles as room parent, PTA president, and serving on the leadership councils at her sons’ schools. One of her proudest accomplishments is creating a Turkey Trot fundraiser at Downtown Elementary helping to raise thousands of dollars for tech improvements at the school.
Decatur County Schools
Will is the vice-president of Quinn Construction Corporation in Parsons, Tennessee and is a graduate of the University of Memphis. He has previously served in leadership roles in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program at Parsons Elementary School, Riverside High School band and cheer boosters, Decatur County General Hospital Board of Trustees, Decatur County Chamber of Commerce, Decatur County Habitat for Humanity chapter, and South West Tennessee Community Development Corporation. He currently works as a volunteer at First Baptist Church, in the youth and music ministries.
Achievement School District
Apryle is the mother of nine children, ranging from ages 7 to 23, and has resided in Memphis for 13 years. Six of Apryle’s children are currently enrolled in the Shelby County School System. She is a member of the Parent Advisory Council for Aspire Public Schools and is very involved in the Orange Mound community. She is passionate about educating youth on voting and travels throughout the city of Memphis registering citizens to vote. Apryle is a client service leader for H & R Block.
Williamson County Schools
Janine has served as a member or board officer in the school’s PTO for over 12 years. She has experience that ranges from starting a parent group for a new school, fundraising for capital improvement projects, and executing large scale initiatives. She earned a degree in journalism from Ohio University and worked in advertising and media for 21 years before deciding to volunteer full-time. She has two daughters – a high school junior and a senior who will start college in fall 2016. Her position as a board officer has allowed her to interact with teachers, administrators, students, and parents and allowed for problem-solving and partnerships for the benefit of all students and her school community.
Metro Nashville Public Schools
Erica is district chair emeritus of the Metro Nashville Public Schools’ (MNPS) Parent Advisory Council after being elected to a record four terms of office. A longtime education advocate, she has two daughters enrolled in MNPS. She currently serves as education chair for the Metropolitan Nashville Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and as advisor for the NAACP Youth Council Nashville Branch.
Rutherford County Schools
Cindy resides in Murfreesboro where she invests her time in volunteering at her children’s school and several youth oriented organizations. This mom of four believes that education and engagement are the critical foundations for improving our communities.
Clarksville-Montgomery County School System
Jessica has two children in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. She comes from a family of educators and works closely with her local school as PTO president and volunteer. She teaches full-time as an instructor of communication at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.
Giles County Schools
Jessie is involved in her community through organizations such as Giles County Young Professionals, Leadership Giles, and Giles County Workforce Development. She is currently the CEO of the Giles County Chamber of Tourism and Commerce. Jessie has been a tnAchieves mentor for two years and is a graduate of Gattis Regional Leadership. She is a proud graduate of the Giles County School System and looks forward to seeing her Pulaski Elementary School kindergartener do the same.
Kingsport City Schools
Katie Blalock is a mom of three, ages 6, 11, and 14. A former first grade teacher, she received a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UT Knoxville. Katie is currently director of children’s ministries for K-5 at First Broad Street United Methodist Church. She is the president of John Sevier Middle School PTSA and has been active in parent/teacher and school organizations for over 10 years.
Hamblen County Schools
Jennifer Frazier currently serves as PTO president for Union Heights Elementary School in Morristown, Tennessee. She also serves on the Hamblen County Parent Advisory Council and the Women’s Ministry Council at Manley Baptist Church. Jennifer and her husband Dwight have three children.
Knox County Schools
Coral is a Spanish interpreter and translator who lives in Knoxville. She works as an editor for an e-learning company. She has a son in Knox County Schools who is a special education student and another son at the University of Tennessee. She is very active in the Hispanic and disability communities.
Hamilton County Schools
Kristina McClure is the mother of three elementary school students in Chattanooga. She works at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, in a federally sponsored program, assisting high school students toward graduation, and enrolling them in college. Kristina is passionate about education and wants all Tennessee students to have access to quality educational opportunities.
Oak Ridge City Schools
Jessica Steed is the executive director of the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation. She has two children currently in public schools. Jessica is a Certified Public Accountant and serves as PTO treasurer as well as a PTO council member. Jessica also serves on Oak Ridge School’s Special Education Council and has been a public school volunteer for five and a half years.