Teach Plus names ED for Tennessee office

Education pro to oversee policy work, Memphis-based program

Education nonprofit Teach Plus has named Alene Arnold its executive director for the Tennessee office. 

Arnold (pictured) will lead Teach Plus’ policy work in Nashville and statewide, while overseeing the Teach Plus Memphis teaching policy fellowship program. She arrives from SAS, the provider of the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS).

Arnold was a founding member of Tennessee SCORE (State Collaboration for Reforming Education).  As SCORE’s director of operations and statewide outreach, she worked with teachers and stakeholders to build support for reforms tied to Tennessee winning the first Race to the Top awards. 

After leaving SCORE  Arnold joined SAS, a private analytics company, where she worked closely with the state’s Department of Education in support of the value-added work done in Tennessee for the then-newly implemented teacher evaluations.

Arnold has served on the Mayor's Task Force on Student Engagement; the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce's citizen-led School Report Card Committee; and the Student Assignment Task Force for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

Arnold holds a B.A. degree in philosophy from Hope College in Holland, Mich.; an M.T.S. degree in theological studies from Vanderbilt University; and an M.Ed. degree from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

“Alene understands the diversity of Tennessee’s schools, districts and communities and knows the state’s policy landscape when it comes to such key issues as teacher evaluation, Dr. Celine Coggins, CEO of Teach Plus, said in a release.

Boston-based Teach Plus focuses on having teachers at the center of school reform.