MEMPHIS, TN, July 30, 2015—Teach Plus, a national non-profit that empowers excellent teachers to lead improvements in policy and practice, has announced that Miska Clay Bibbs has joined the organization as Executive Director in Memphis. Ms. Clay Bibbs will lead Teach Plus’ policy, practice and teacher leadership work in the city, and will oversee the Teach Plus Memphis Teaching Policy Fellowship program. She joins Teach Plus from Green Dot Public Schools, where she was Director of Community Engagement.
“Miska understands the diversity of Memphis’s schools, districts and communities and knows the city’s policy landscape when it comes to such key issues as teacher evaluation and retention. We’re excited to welcome her to our team and grow our work in Memphis under her leadership,” said Dr. Celine Coggins, Teach Plus Founder and CEO.
“I look forward to being a member of the Teach Plus team and working to strengthen teacher leadership in Memphis,” said Ms. Clay Bibbs. “When Memphis’ teachers help shape education policy and implementation, students, teachers, parents, and the entire Memphis community benefits.”
Ms. Clay Bibbs brings over 15 years of experience in education, policy and community development to her position at Teach Plus. She began her career as a staffer and deputy campaign manager to Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. She subsequently spent eight years as the District Coordinator of Community and Volunteer Relations at Memphis City Schools. A seasoned community leader, Ms. Clay Bibbs was elected in fall 2014 to the Shelby County School Board representing District 7. She holds a BS in business administration and marketing from Hampton University in Virginia and is a Master of Professional Studies candidate at the University of Memphis.
About Teach Plus
Teach Plus aims to improve outcomes for urban children by ensuring that a greater proportion of students have access to effective, experienced teachers. Teach Plus runs three programs designed to place teacher leaders at the center of improvements in policy and practice: Teaching Policy Fellowship, C2 Initiative, and T3 (Turnaround Teacher Teams) Initiative. The programs focus on demonstrably effective teachers who want to continue classroom teaching while also expanding their impact as leaders in their schools and in district, state, and national policy. Since its inception in August 2009, Teach Plus has grown to a network of more than 20,000 solutions-oriented teachers across the country. www.teachplus.org
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