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.


The Teacherpreneur Incubator offers teachers support, time and space to incubate big ideas and execute them in the best interests of their students and their profession. The Incubator brings together teachers, business people, and community members to launch transformative ideas.

Modeled after CO.LAB’s 48HR Launch, the Incubator offers teachers the support, time, space and resources to incubate big ideas and execute them in the best interests of their students and profession. A partnership between PEF and HCDE, Teacherpreneur brings together educators, entrepreneurs, experts and community members to make these ideas a reality, growing them into scalable, sustainable programs and businesses.

2016: Cohort 3.0 Winners Announced Soon

Pitch Night was held Sunday, July 31 at the Church on Main.

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2015: Cohort 2.0

The first-place prize went to Normal Park Museum Magnet’s Sarah Clardy for her “School Rocks” project.  She designed attachments to retrofit existing classroom chairs, turning them into rocking chairs in order to increase attention and stamina for kids in the classroom through movement.

The second-place prize was awarded to “Science on the Go,” a mobile science lab and curriculum for elementary school students designed by Candace Baggett from Lookout Valley Elementary and Crystal Mayer and Tiffany Welch from Spring Creek Elementary.

The third-place prize was given to “Ed Trekkin’,” which will provide educational guides to local attractions and locations.  These guides, proposed by Amy Myhan, a HCDE educational technology coach, are designed to be used by kids and their families to expand the learning opportunities outside of school.

Audience members voted for a Crowd Source category winner, which ended in a tie between Taryn Painter of Apison Elementary for “MATHCom” and Kessler Cuffman of Center for Creative Arts with their “Dynamo Studios” project.

For more information on Teacherpreneur contact:

Kate Skonberg  Teacher Engagement Coordinator

423.648.4444 • mailto:kate@pefchattanooga.org