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Terry NeSmith (TN '95)

Memphis Literacy Academy Instructor

University of Memphis
Memphis, TN

At the time of the Award, Terry NeSmith was:

Bellevue Junior High School
Memphis, TN

Biographical Information

Terry NeSmith is a Memphis Literacy Academy Instructor at the University of Memphis. Previously, NeSmith shared his love of reading and the English language as the director of reading for the Tennessee Department of Education, and as an English teacher at Craigmont High School. NeSmith has also frequently incorporated lessons about the Holocaust and strategies for promoting tolerance into his teaching. One way he did so was as a program associate for Facing History and Ourselves, through which taught lessons about the Holocaust at Christian Brothers University in Memphis. Formerly an eighth-grade English teacher at Bellevue Junior High School in Memphis, NeSmith was also the school's yearbook and newspaper advisor, and a Drama Club sponsor. Mr. NeSmith has transformed his classrooms into inclusive communities in which students feel safe enough to openly discuss and find solutions to problems that arise from personal and cultural differences.

Additional Information


1986 University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, B.A.