Brenda Gilmore of Tennessee House of Representatives honored at Academies of Nashville Awards
Representative Brenda Gilmore of the Tennessee House of Representatives was honored at the 2012 Academies of Nashville Awards on May 14, 2012 with the Chamber's Choice Award. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Representative Gilmore for her legislative support of flexibility and modernization of Career and Technical Education (CTE). Brenda Gilmore was the House sponsor for key state legislation that paved the way for the creation of academy teacher teams in MNPS high schools. Her bill allowed CTE courses to have the same class size as other high school courses, a measure of flexibility that made it possible to incorporate CTE classes into the master schedule more easily. The legislation was sponsored in the Senate by Joe Haynes. Brenda Gilmore was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2006 to represent district 54. She previously served eight years in the Nashville Metropolitan Council. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business from Tennessee State University and the Master of Human Resource Development from Vanderbilt University. Her career has spanned across education and public service. While accepting the Chamber's Choice Award, Gilmore pointed to the need to connect education with students' reality and aspirations. She also reflected on the importance of caring, high-quality teachers in helping students to find their way during the critical high school years: "Every child who has that special teacher in his or her life has opportunity."
The Nashville Chamber of Commerce presented the 2012 Academies of Nashville Awards with the support of sponsors Deloitte and Altria. The awards were determined through a vote of MNPS administrators and executive staff, school board members, teachers, and community partners. These nominations were based on the National Career Academy Coalition‘s National Standards of Practice.