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Long-time Peabody Educator to Join MNPS as New Chief of Staff

Dr. Marcy Singer-Gabella begins new role June 1

Nashville, Tenn. – May 25, 2018 – Metro Nashville Public Schools announced today, Dr. Marcy Singer-Gabella will be joining MNPS as Chief of Staff, effective June 1.

Dr. Singer-Gabella has served as a faculty member at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College since 1991. During this time, she worked extensively with both prospective and practicing teachers and leaders – including the Principals’ Leadership Academy of Nashville and the Tennessee Governor’s Academy for School Leadership. She taught courses in learning, teaching, assessment and school turnaround.

“Dr. Singer-Gabella has impressive credentials and a wealth of experience,” said Dr. Shawn Joseph. “I’m confident her skills will help round out our team’s talent while bringing fresh perspective as we continue our work exceeding great expectations throughout the District.”

Dr. Singer-Gabella also served as assistant provost for Initiatives in Education, associate chair for Teacher Education and director of the Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools program-- a master’s degree program for MNPS practicing teachers focused on strengthening instructional practice, leadership and advocacy. In each of the roles, she worked to bring together stakeholders in pre-K-12 schools, their communities and post-secondary institutions to improve learning outcomes of students in urban settings.

“It is such an honor to have the opportunity to serve MNPS under Dr. Joseph’s leadership,” said Dr. Singer-Gabella. “I have been increasingly impressed by the unwavering commitment to improving the learning outcomes of all students demonstrated by Dr. Joseph and his team, and the vision and knowledge they bring to the work. I am grateful to Dean Benbow and my colleagues at Peabody for supporting me in taking this opportunity.”

As Chief of Staff, Dr. Singer-Gabella will lead collaboration between the District and external partners. She will also ensure programs and initiatives support the District’s Strategic Plan while supporting members of the District’s Leadership Team to ensure collaboration across all divisions. In addition, she will manage the operation of the Director’s Office and oversee the District’s Research, Assessment and Evaluation Department, Communications Department and Community and Business Engagement function.


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