Celebrating a Special HBCU Presence in Schools - KIPP Nashville

Celebrating a Special HBCU Presence in Schools

Get Geeked, Get Geeked, it’s Homecoming week! Tennessee State University Homecoming Week is October 8-14, and we are proud to celebrate alongside the many TSU alumni who call KIPP Nashville home. 

Ms. Debose, a 2nd Gra

de Teacher at KIPP Kirkpatrick Elementary School is a TSU alumna, who named her classroom after her alma mater.

TSU Alumni at KIPP Nashville College Prep Elementary School and KIPP Nashville’s Regional Team.

“I picked TSU as my classroom, because it’s an HBCU, and to let my students know there is a great HBCU right in their own backyard where you can thrive,” Debose says. “It creates a great sense of pride in our school community, and I’ve loved connecting with our families who are also TSU alumni.”

Ms. Debose, who is originally from Chicago, moved to Nashville to attend TSU. She also followed in the footsteps of both her parents, who met while attending TSU.

There are more than 30 TSU alumni who work across our eight schools! These teachers and leaders are creating a legacy and path forward for our future change makers. Go Big Blue!

Ms. Tucker, who teaches 1st Grade at KIPP Kirkpatrick Elementary School, says she knew right away while attending TSU that she wanted to be an educator, and is in her fifth year teaching at KIPP Kirkpatrick. 

“Having so many TSU alumni here at KIPP has definitely made it easier to work here and connect with my teammates,” says Ms. Tucker. “It just adds to the special atmosphere and family feeling that we have at our school, which creates a great learning environment for our students.”