Hello all! My name is Anna Shepherd and I am excited to announce that I am running for re-election to the Metro Nashville Public Schools Board of Education (BOE) Representative for District 4!
I was first elected to the BOE, or School Board as most folks say, in August of 2010 and was re-elected to the school board in August of 2014. The last two years I have served as Board Chair and have served as vice-chair on three different occasions.
In May of 2016, we hired our current Director of Schools, Dr. Shawn Joseph. He and I have worked side-by-side to change the trajectory of so many of our students. With one-third of our students not being able to read on grade level, we knew we had to change the way we are teaching our students. We set intentionality around our budget to reflect these values.
I came to the school board having been an ardent supporter of public schools. Our three children graduated from McGavock HS and we have two grandchildren in public schools in this district. When our children were in school, I was very active in several organizations at their schools and remained active even after they had graduated.
I am very active in our community with memberships in the Donelson Hermitage and Old Hickory Chambers of Commerce. I am on the Board of Directors for the McGavock Coalition and Music Makes Us, the music and arts program for Metro Nashville Public Schools. I am also a member of the Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce. I am a graduate of Leadership Donelson Hermitage and serve on several committees with that organization. I am in the current class of Leadership Nashville and will graduate from that program in May of this year. I am active with the Tennessee School Board Association and sit on that Board of Directors as well.
In my time on the school board, I have been very active in the schools in my district. I have been an advocate for our students who are economically disadvantaged and English learners. I am a strong advocate of our music and arts programs in MNPS.
I ask for your support and your vote on August 2nd. You can donate to our campaign by clicking on the “Donate here” on my website: Re-Elect Anna Shepherd. I thank you for your support and/or donation.