Teacher Leadership

The most effective way to increase student learning is to improve teaching. We are committed to developing teachers through every stage of their career, empowering them as professionals for the benefit of our students.

Project Inspire

We believe that all students deserve a mind-blowing math or science teacher, regardless of their zip code.

Project Inspire teacher residency prepares residents to become secondary math and science teachers in the context of, and for classrooms in, Hamilton County Schools. This Tennessee Tech M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction blends a classroom apprenticeship with graduate level course work and an intensive resident/mentor partnership.

This program is for individuals who are passionate about teaching in urban schools and have a bachelor’s degree with significant STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) focused coursework. Residents make a four year commitment to teaching in Hamilton County Schools.

Eligibility, program details, and an application can be found at 










Project Inspire is a partnership between PEF, Tennessee Tech University, and Hamilton County Department of Education. At the national level, Project Inspire is part of Urban Teacher Residency United and 100kin10. Generous funding is provided through the National Science Foundation, AmeriCorps, and the Tucker Foundation.

For more information on Project Inspire contact:

Mark Neal  Director

423.668.2439 • mneal@projectinspiretn.org