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Tennessee Charter School Center Celebrates Six Charter Champions During Virtual Awards Ceremony

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Charter School Center (TCSC) honored six distinguished Charter Champions during a week-long virtual celebration from November 16-20.


Each year, TCSC recognizes the notable work of public charter school leaders, teachers and advocates from across the state. TCSC transitioned this year’s program to its online platforms using interactive video posts that detailed the significant contributions of each of the awards finalists and celebrated the 2020 recipients.


The following individuals and schools were recognized as winners of the 2020 Charter Champion Awards:

  • School of the Year — Aurora Collegiate Academy, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Policy Champion of the Year — Mayor John Cooper, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Administrator of the Year — Sheri Catron Cooper, Circles of Success Learning Academy, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Community Project of the Year — Memphis STEM Academy, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Teacher of the Year — Bryan Mann, Chattanooga Preparatory Academy, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Advocate of the Year — Brooke Allen, Diverse Learners Cooperative
  • Policy Champion of the Year — Mayor John Cooper, Nashville, Tennessee


“This has been a challenging year and our school leaders, educators and advocates have continued to meet the needs of students and families in extraordinary ways,” said Dr. Maya Bugg, CEO of the Tennessee Charter School Center. “We wanted to take this time to celebrate the innovation and perseverance of each of these individuals while giving our students, school families and supporters an opportunity to share their appreciation as well.”




As the state's primary charter school support organization, the Tennessee Charter School Center (TCSC) is leading the movement for effective policy, excellent schools, quality operators & informed communities. We are driven by our mission to serve the 40,000 students and families that choose charter schools as their education option, advocate for the conditions and resources that facilitate quality, and represent a coalition of schools that are committed to the values of equity, diversity, collaboration, integrity, and excellence we stand for. Our vision is for all students in Tennessee to have access to a high-quality public education. Learn more at