Tennessee Teacher Advisory Council

The Tennessee Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) is comprised of exceptional educators from across the state who serve the department for one year as leaders, ambassadors, advisors, and champions. Over the course of the service year, TAC members meet monthly as a group to provide feedback on department initiatives, policies, and resources.


Educators are identified for the TAC from Tennessee’s educator recognition program awardees. Each year, the TAC is comprised of 12-20 educators representing a diverse range of grade levels, subject areas, and experience.


The Tennessee Teacher Advisory Council aims to provide opportunities for exceptional educators to exercise their leadership skills and expand their influence while remaining in the classroom.

2022-23 Members

Name School District Grade Level Subject Area

Aleta Apple

Woodland Park Elementary

White County Schools 


RTI Reading 

Bob Sparks

Jackson Central-Merry Early College High School

Jackson-Madison County Schools


English III, English IV, Creative Writing, Speech

Brianne Matheney

Chester County High School

Chester County Schools


English II and Honors English II

Danielle VanCleave

Sharon School

Weakley County Schools 


All Subjects

Elizabeth Evans

Grand Oaks Elementary School 

Anderson County Schools


English Language Arts and Social Studies

Erin Blalock 

Warren County High School 

Warren County Schools 


Medical Therapeutics, Clinical Internship 

John Frizzell

Riverdale Elementary School

Germantown Municipal School District


Social Studies (8th American History)

Kerri Newsom 

Dyersburg Primary School

Dyersburg City Schools


Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies

Kim Inglis

Black Fox Elementary School

Murfreesboro City Schools


All Subjects

Kristin Burrus

STEM School Chattanooga

Hamilton County Schools



Laura Boyd 

Poplar Grove Middle School 

Franklin Special School District 



Margaret Bright

Lenoir City Elementary School

Lenoir City Schools


All Subjects

Meg Foster

Elizabethton High School

Elizabethton City Schools



Melissa Collins

John P. Freeman Optional School

Memphis-Shelby County Schools


All Subjects

Morgan Rankin  South Side School  Johnson City Schools  2 All Subjects 
Rachel Porter  Learning Way Elementary Bedford County Schools Pre-K Pre-K
Raeven Brooks  Black Fox Elementary School Murfreesboro City Schools All Subjects
Robyn Olson  Richland School Giles County Schools 9-12 English II (10th grade), Creative Writing, and Theatre Arts I-IV
Sheron Smith Arnold Memorial Elementary School Cleveland City Schools 2 All Subjects
Tyler Hallstedt Mt Juliet Middle School Wilson County Schools 8 Social Studies