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Dr. Sharon Chaney

Dr. Sharon Chaney (TN '99)

Clinical Coordinator

Union University
Nashville, TN

At the time of the Award, Dr. Sharon Chaney was:

Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School
Nashville, TN

Subject(s) taught: English/Language
Grade(s): 12

Biographical Information

Since retiring in 2014 from the Metro Nashville Public Schools as Director of Advanced Academics, Dr. Chaney trains job-embedded teacher candidates at Union University's graduate campus in Hendersonville, TN.  A major focus of her classes, seminars, and field experiences planned for the graduate students each semester helps candidates prepare for an edTPA portfolio submission to Pearson, a new requirement for all teacher candidates in the state.

For several years prior to her retirement in June 2014, Sharon Chaney served as Coordinator of District Assessments for the Nashville Public Schools and then as Director of Advanced Academics Programs in the district. Before that, she taught Advanced Placement Senior English at Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School in Nashville, where she held her students to a high standard of intellectual rigor. In Dr. Chaney's independent literature project, "An Assignment that Speaks," each student chose an author, wrote an in-depth analysis of at least three of that author's works, then delivered an evening presentation on the author in front of parents and peers. Students' topics ranged from "Euripides: A Man of the People" to the search for individualism and recognition in Alice Walker's female characters. Dr. Chaney shares her language arts expertise through her involvement in organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of English and The College Board.  She was honored as Teacher of the Year at all three high schools where she taught.

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1970 Belmont University, B.A.

Austin Peay State University, M.Ed.

Vanderbilt University, Ed.D.