Staff photo by Tim Barber. A painting of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Cedrik Daniel, "Thinking of a Dream," is on display as Chatoris Jones, Dean of Students at Chattanooga Preparatory School, speaks in front of a group of students at a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Staff photo by Tim Barber. A painting of... Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press. CHATTANOOGA PREP PERFORMERS All original poems, photograph, paintings and speeches on display at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center as part of Monday’s “Speak Like A King” event were created by Chattanooga Preparatory School students, including:Akeem BirtAshton JordanBrandon KelleyCamper CoulterCedrik DanielDenis LopezEugene DavisIsaiah DorseyJonaki HoodLeslie McClureRoberth VenturaSean Besley A dozen sixth-grade boys — black, Hispanic, white — stood behind classmate Roberth Ventura onstage Monday at the Bessie Smith Cultural … [Read more...] about Chattanooga Prep boys pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
CSAS teacher named Geography Teacher of the Year April Wyatt, a geography teacher at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, was awarded the 2019 Tom and Stella Mullane Geography Teacher of the Year Award by the Tennessee Geographic Alliance. The award recognizes outstanding geographic educators in grades 7 through 12, according to a news release. "As a former student of CSAS herself, Wyatt now uses that experience as a tool to better understand the way her students learn," said Jim Boles, principal of CSAS, in a statement. "She makes World Geography come alive for students in a way that is real and pertinent to their lives." Wyatt will be honored at the annual Tennessee Council for Social Studies conference and receive $500 from the Alliance. Kurt Butefish, director of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, said in a news release that the nomination speaks volumes about Wyatt's excellence as an educator. "The nomination shared how she makes global subject matter relevant by relating … [Read more...] about Class Notes: Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences teacher named Geography Teacher of the Year
Name: Ted Alling Age: 40 Hometown: Birmingham, Ala. Occupation: Co-Founder of Lamp Post Group and managing director at Dynamo Name: Kelly Alling Age: 40 Birthplace: La Romana, Dominican Republic Occupation: Former resource manager for Habitat for Humanity Ted and Kelly Alling, co-founders of Chattanooga Prep Ted and Kelly Alling, co-founders of Chattanooga Prep Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press. Ted and Kelly Alling have a vision for Chattanooga Preparatory School. As founders of the new all-boys charter school, which will open its doors for the first time this month, the couple wants Chattanooga Prep to have more academic growth over the next year than any school in Tennessee. But getting there won't be simple. Eighty-three percent of the school's 66 enrolled students are one to four grade levels behind in reading and math, according to initial assessments. The gap is yet another symptom of poverty and educational inequity, the Allings say, but they're confident that … [Read more...] about Chattanooga Prep founders break down how new school will stand apart
Gallery: Chattanooga prep opening Despite the Election Day traffic, despite the steady downpour of rain, despite first-day jitters, there was joy in the air Thursday as the 66 new students of Chattanooga Preparatory School were greeted by more than 300 men to start the school day for the first time. Chattanooga Prep, the city's first all-boys public charter school, founded by Ted and Kelly Alling and partnered with Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, officially opened its doors. Elaine Swafford, executive director of both CGLA and the new boys school, said Thursday was historic. "This is the most important thing going on in Chattanooga today," Swafford said. "What we are about to see is changing the lives of this class of 2029. We are affording this group of boys an advantaged education that they wouldn't have otherwise." Yet, the first day of school is both the end and the beginning of a journey. It is the end of the process … [Read more...] about Chattanooga Prep opens its doors to first class of boys [photos]
When Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota speaks next month in Chattanooga, he will have one clear message for the hundreds of area athletes in attendance. "Dream big and have aspirations to do whatever you want," Mariotta said when asked what he hopes to convey as this year's guest speaker for the annual Times Free Press Best of Preps banquet on June 14. "It's a process, but if you believe in yourself and you trust the process, I think you can make those dreams come true," he continued. "We are consistently surrounded by people who act as our backbone. Whether it's family members, coaches, friends or teammates, it's important to remember and be grateful for those who have sacrificed for you and stood behind you throughout your journey. No matter what obstacles you may face, always continue to help others and stay true to yourself and your roots." The banquet is at 6 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. For information on the event or tickets, please visit … [Read more...] about Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota hopes to connect with Best of Prep athletes