Profiles of Change - Athena Turner

Athena Turner

Executive Director, Teach for America - Memphis

Athena Turner is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and taught high school ecology, anatomy and physiology, and chemistry at Kingsbury High School as a 2006 charter corps member in Memphis. In her second year of teaching, she was selected as a national Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award semi-finalist. In 2008 she became the development manager for Teach For America - Memphis before stepping in to the executive director role in 2010. Currently, Turner is leading the efforts in partnership with the city’s school and system networks, alumni, and community leaders to grow Teach For America’s size and impact in Memphis.

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