Teaching Artist Amanda Cantrell Roche is leading this audio project to gather and honor, through the arts, stories of resilient public school educators in Nashville during the Pandemic. SORE will bring six Metro Nashville Public School teachers together for a virtual Narrative 4 Story Exchange, in which they share true personal stories of challenges, resilience, and triumph as educators. These stories will be transformed into art through music, poetry, and narrative by teaching artists Alison Brazil, Jon Royal, and Amanda Cantrell Roche. The end result will be an artful podcast featuring a song, an underscore, and a spoken narrative that celebrates the individual and collective stories of educators, as well as offering hope for teachers who are burnt out and considering leaving the profession. The podcast will be distributed widely to the Nashville community and beyond to honor and uplift teachers, and offer a glimpse into their world.


Brazil, Royal, and Cantrell Roche are all lead TPAC Teaching Artists and professional artists, with decades experience collaborating with teachers in school arts integration residencies, as well as arts integration professional development. This project is sponsored by TPAC.

Thank you to all teachers who applied! Thank you for all your insightful comments. It was a tough choice. ALL of your comments will help inform this project. These are the six educators chosen for the Story Exchange:

Dr. Nikki Hughes, Warner Arts Magnet

Paige La Grone Babcock, Apollo Middle

Tania Mejia, Park Ave. Elementary

Thema Guzman, Hume Fogg High School

Dr. Shauntazia Shorter, Cane Ridge High School

Aaron Litvack, Maplewood High School

Unfortunately, the pandemic has reduced grant funding, and though our grant advanced to a community panel, it was not funded. WE NEED COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO GET THESE TEACHERS’ STORIES TOLD! Please consider donating $40 if you can, or supporting a teacher stipend at the $100 level. We encourage you to name a resilient educator from any school system or setting in the comment with your donation, and we’ll post those here. Thank you!

Donation Link: https://gofund.me/9ea4dac5

Here are some RESILIENT EDUCATORS honored by donors so far:

Michaela Adcock, Special Education Instructor at Wilson County Schools

Anne Zuberer

Caroline Sharp, Oliver Middle School

Gretchen Martuch, Glencliff Elementary

Cindy Pride, Elkton School and Martin Methodist College

Josh Naples

Dr. Nicole Glaze, Warner Arts Magnet Elementary

Zerlinda Jessee, Apollo Middle School

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