Athena first fell in love with Memphis in 2006, when she taught Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology to the brilliant, beautiful students at Kingsbury High School. While there, she was nationally recognized as a Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award semi-finalist and most importantly, cemented her long-term commitment to educational equity, the city of Memphis and the kids in our schools who are infinitely capable, creative and who are the rightful leaders of our city’s future. In 2008 she became the development manager for Teach For America Memphis before stepping into the executive director role in 2010. Under her tenure, the corps has tripled in size to 300 and the alumni base has grown five times over to nearly 400. Today, there are more than 500 Teach For America teachers in Memphis schools, 21 school principals, 7 school system leaders and 5 entrepreneurs leading social ventures in Memphis. She is most proud that during this high period of growth, Teach For America – Memphis teachers have consistently ranked among the top performing in the state with their students and the diversity of the corps has grown tremendously to reflect the racial and economic backgrounds of the students of Memphis. Fully half of the corps are people of color, half are from low-income backgrounds and 20 percent are native Memphians. In addition to her work at Teach For America, Athena serves on the boards of Freedom Preparatory Academy, Let’s Innovate Through Education!, Hattiloo’s Young Professional Experience (HYPE), and she co-chairs the Shelby County Schools Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Advisory Board. She is thrilled to call Memphis her home alongside her husband, Drew, and three cats who are better known as the #TurnerThree on Instagram. She is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where in addition to cheering on the Volunteers at Neyland Stadium, she earned her B.S. in Business Administration.