Randall Lahann, Director

Randall Lahann, Director

As the Director of the Nashville Teacher Residency, Randall leads all efforts to recruit and train effective educators for Nashville schools. He relocated from Boston, MA, where he was the Director of Curriculum for the Match Teacher Residency (MTR), helping the program earn graduate school status, coordinating and delivering coursework, and managing curriculum transition to the Common Core State Standards. In 2010, Randall completed his dissertation in Curriculum and Instruction at Boston College, where he taught classes in Special Education and Teacher Inquiry. Randall began his career in education in 2000 in San Jose, CA as a Teach For America Special Education/History teacher.

Holly Tilden, Managing Director

Holly Tilden, Managing Director

As the Managing Director of the Nashville Teacher Residency, Holly trains and supports residents and mentor teachers across partner schools. Prior to joining NTR, Holly spent six years teaching mathematics, four of those in Nashville. Most recently, she served as Dean of Instruction for LEAD Academy High School where she helped ensure teachers and students had the resources they needed to achieve excellent student outcomes. Holly began her teaching career in 2008 in rural North Carolina as a Teach For America corps member. Holly is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Diarese George, Director of Recruiting

Diarese George, Director of Recruiting

As the Director of Recruiting, Diarese George designs and implements Nashville Teacher Residency’s recruiting strategy. He also trains and supports residents and mentor teachers in one of our partner schools. Prior to joining NTR, he served as a Career Technical Education teacher instructing high school business courses for five years. During that time, he served as a lead instructor for the high school’s career Business and Finance Academy, member of the instructional leadership team and an academy lead in cross-curricular collaboration for project-based learning. He has completed education leadership fellowships for Education Pioneers, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and Hope Street Group. Diarese holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Masters in Corporation Communications from Austin Peay State University. He also obtained an MBA and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Rhonda Siggers, Manager of Resident Development

Rhonda Siggers, Manager of Resident Development

As a Manager of Resident Development, Rhonda Siggers trains and supports residents and mentor teachers in several partner schools. She also develops and leads the community and culture classes for NTR residents. Rhonda has more than fifteen years of experience in urban education. Prior to her role at NTR, she served as an induction mentor for first year teachers in Chicago Public Schools with the New Teacher Center (NTC). She taught new teachers to connect theory to practice by providing coaching on teaching strategies, curriculum development and data-driven instruction. Rhonda has also served as an instructional coach and teacher of English Language Arts, curriculum coach and community resource coordinator. Her graduate studies focused on Urban Educational Policy, Nonprofit Organizational Leadership and Management, and Divinity. She is an alumna of Depaul University, University of San Diego and Vanderbilt University.

Jesse Gray, Manager of Resident Development

Jesse Gray, Manager of Resident Development

As a Manager of Resident Development, Jesse Gray trains and supports residents and mentor teachers in several partner schools. He also develops and leads the English Language Arts Methods classes for NTR residents. Prior to this position, Jesse worked for LEAD Public Schools, a public charter network in Nashville, where he served as a teacher and instructional coach at both the middle and high school levels. Jesse has been teaching and learning with students in Nashville since 2006 in a variety of schools. Jesse holds graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University.