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Centers of Regional Excellence

The Tennessee Department of Education has eight regional field offices, called CORE Offices, that are charged with providing differentiated, academic support to school districts within their given region. The CORE offices are part of Tennessee’s statewide system of support, and work closely with districts that have priority schools, focus schools, and other Title I schools in need. CORE’s mission is to empower Tennessee school districts to build educator capacity through targeted, differentiated academic support resulting in student readiness. To do this, each CORE office is staffed with an executive director and a variety of academic consultants including individuals who specialize in ELA, math, data analysis, teacher and principal evaluation, intervention, CTE, and school nutrition.

CORE Districts

map of core regions

The 8 CORE offices can be reached at these locations:

Region Director Phone
East Dominique Davis (865) 603-0305
First Jami Corwin (423) 434-6490
Mid Cumberland Christie Southerland (615) 532-3270
Northwest Pennye Thurmond (731) 697-3118
Southeast Sharon Harper (423) 260-1168
Southwest Patrice Martin (731) 265-0409
Upper Cumberland Janice Fox (931) 303-4743