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The Tennessee Charter School Center announced today that Maya Bugg, an experienced education leader in the state, will soon join the Center as its new Chief Executive Officer.

“Following an extensive national search, we were so pleased to find Maya Bugg, who already has deep ties and relationships here in Tennessee. Maya already knows many of the key players and can go right to work to help our charter schools and student communities across the state succeed,” said William DeLoache, Center chairman.

“Maya is an experienced educator and leader. She has proven her experience in building the kind of relationships, strategic collaborations and community outreach that we need,” DeLoache said. “We could not be more enthusiastic to have Maya leading the Center and its team into the next phase of our work.”

Bugg, the current and founding state director of Education Pioneers, a national education non-profit focused on leadership development and talent, will begin her new role as CEO of the Center at the end of September.

“In recent years, I have had the pleasure of traveling across Tennessee, to see some of the amazing work that families, educators, and leaders are doing together across the state, and to gain greater insight into the many different factors impacting student achievement,” Bugg said.

“Although great progress has been made, we still have much more to do to ensure all students and schools succeed.  So I am very excited to be joining the Center’s team and to begin working with the Center’s many partners across the state help ensure that all Tennessee children have access to even greater opportunities and a high-quality public education.”

Maya Bugg has deep roots in the education sector, having begun her career as a classroom educator in North Carolina. In previous roles, she has supported evaluation and strategy for teacher preparation programs; led school and district-level leaders in advancing school turn-around efforts; and founded a national resource dedicated to training educators in the use of culturally responsive education.

Bugg has also served as a policy consultant for the U.S. Department of Education, with a focus on teacher effectiveness and teacher leadership.  Additionally, she was recently named as a Fellow in the prestigious Aspen-Pahara NextGen National Fellowship program.

Having earned her Ed.M. from Harvard University, and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Bugg is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership & Policy at the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. After living in Memphis in recent years, Bugg and her family now live in Nashville.

“We are seeing dramatic progress being made in schools and communities every day,” DeLoache said. “Maya Bugg will now help us take the Center to the next level to help support that good work. We look forward to getting started."