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Audience in Lecture






Executive Director


Tennessee State Board of Education


In January 2015, Morrison assumed the role of the Executive Director for the Tennessee State Board of Education. In this role, she works with the nine-member, Governor- and Speakers-appointed board on policy review and development across all areas of K-12 education. The state board also plays an important role in oversight of K-12 implementation, which involves close partnership with the Department of Education, educator stakeholders, and members of the general assembly.

Morrison first joined the State of Tennessee in July 2010 as K-12 policy advisor in the Governor’s Office. From 2011 through the end 2014, she served as Assistant Commissioner of Teachers and Leaders at the Tennessee Department of Education where she directed and oversaw policy and implementation related to increasing educator effectiveness. During this time, Tennessee became the fastest improving state in the nation as measured by NAEP.

Morrison’s work in education began as a high school English teacher and cross-country coach. In 2007, she earned her National Board Certification in Adolescent English Language Arts. In May 2010 she earned an Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Morrison also has a BA in English and an MAT, both from the University of Virginia.

Morrison lives in Nashville with her husband, Mark, and three young children – Roscoe, Charlie, and Virginia.

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