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

The 8 CORE offices can be reached at these locations:

Region Director Address Phone
East Ginger Leach 2761 Island Home Blvd. Building 419 Knoxville, TN 37920 (865) 594-9445
First Mia Hyde 309 Stout Drive – ETSU, Johnson City, TN 37614 (423) 434-6490
Mid Cumberland Christie Southerland 710 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243 (615) 532-3270
Northwest Pennye Thurmond 210 Hurt St. – UT Martin 423 Clement Hall, Martin, TN 38229 (731) 881-7565
South Central Bill Byford 200 Dover St. Shelbyville, TN 37160 (931) 488-3050
Southeast Sharon Harper 1501 Riverside Dr. Suite 240, Chattanooga, TN 37406 (423) 260-1168
Southwest Patrice Martin 100 Berryhill Dr. Jackson, TN 38301 (731) 265-0409
Upper Cumberland Janice Fox 242 E. 10th St. – TTU Foundation Hall Room 224, Cookeville, TN 38501 (931) 303-4743