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Misty Ayres-Miranda (TN '15)

High School Director and Teacher

Montessori Academy
Brentwood, TN

Subject(s) taught: English/Language Arts, Creative Writing, Business Work-Study
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

At the time of the Award, Misty Ayres-Miranda was:

Nashville School of the Arts
Nashville, TN

Subject(s) taught: English/Language Arts

Biographical Information

Misty Ayres-Miranda is one of the most dedicated and beloved instructors at Nashville School of the Arts (NSA). She teaches grades 9-12 students English, Honors English, and AP English Literature, and also chairs the department. But Ayres-Miranda also leads her students beyond this—they blossom via several rich arts and performance-based programs that she directs.

Ayres-Miranda created and directs the school's new Literary Arts Conservatory, designed to provide students with opportunities to perform, write and produce plays and films. Teens learn to express themselves in a large variety of ways. They perform at the poetry slams and spoken word events that Ayres-Miranda organizes at the school, as well as in poetry competitions around Nashville. The students also perform with several local arts organizations, such as the Country Music Association and the Nashville Symphony.

Graduation and literacy rates have increased at the school, thanks in part to Ayres-Miranda’s skillfully planned project-based learning, lessons rooted in academic standards and Socratic seminars. Her exceptional instruction and the progress of her students have consistently earned her the highest possible ratings in both growth and achievement on the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM) for the past seven years. This work has helped to drive school English scores well above the state averages.

Ayres-Miranda devotes countless hours during and after school to help students grasp concepts and complete projects, often tutoring them during her lunch hour. As a result of her impact, many have continued post-secondary studies in literature and educational instruction.

Outside of class, Ayres-Miranda is a Student Council advisor, leads School Spirit week, serves on the school executive leadership team, and often mentors current and new teachers. A talented performer in her own right, she is a vocalist for NSA jazz ensemble, and serves as a bilingual Spanish interpreter for family and community members from South America.

Ayres-Miranda earned a 2007 bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University, and a Master of Fine Arts from Belmont University in 2014.

Related Connections

Milestone: Misty Ayres-Miranda (TN '15) Named a TN Teacher Ambassador

Milestone: Misty Ayres-Miranda (TN '15) Receives Tennessee Educator Fellowship

Article: Spotlight: Misty Ayres-Miranda (TN '15)

Article: Three Lessons from the Nashville English Teacher Who Won a Shocking $25,000 Prize

Misty Ayres-Miranda Newsletters

"I appreciate going to work every single day"
Nov 13, 2015

Misty Ayres-Miranda In The News

Meet the the Inaugural Tennessee Teacher Ambassadors
ClassroomChronicles  |  Tennessee Department of Education  |  Dec 03, 2018  |  Nashville, TN

Three Lessons from the Nashville English Teacher Who Won a Shocking $25,000 Prize
Chalkbeat Tennessee  |  Nov 10, 2015  |  Memphis, TN

Nashville School of the Arts Teacher Misty Ayres-Miranda Selected for National Milken Educator Award
Children First  |  Metro Public Schools  |  Nov 10, 2015  |  Nashville, TN

Nashville Teacher Wins National Educator Award, $25K Cash Prize
WKRN-TV  |  ABC  |  Nov 10, 2015  |  Nashville, TN