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Teacherpreneur Tickets Now Available

July 30, 4pm at Granfalloon

It's that time! On July 30th, join us for the Teacherpreneur Incubator's annual Pitch Night and hear ideas from Hamilton County's most innovative educators.

Starting at 4pm, Teacherpreneurs, having spent 48 hours honing their projects, will pitch in front of a panel of judges and our startup community (that's you!) at Granfalloon. Admission is free, but space is limited: There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar - with two drink tickets and reserved seating provided with the purchase of a VIP ticket. Audience members will also be able to vote online, awarding a $500 prize to the crowd favorite.

Teacherpreneur is an event like any other - register now to cheer on these fantastic educators as they take the stage!

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Announcing Teacherpreneur 4.0!

After a selective judging process, PEF and HCDE are pleased to announce that 20 innovative ideas from 25 enterprising educators representing a diverse group of 18 elementary, middle and high schools in Hamilton County have been selected for inclusion in this year’s Teacherpreneur Incubator.


The Teacherpreneur Incubator was designed to provide support, time and resources for educators to incubate big ideas and execute them in the best interests of their students, their profession and the community. Selected Teacherpreneurs will spend the summer honing their ideas, collaborating with partners from our entrepreneurial and education communities, before taking part in the 48Hour Launch (July 28-30th) and pitching their ideas to the community on Sunday, July 30th.


This year’s Incubator boats a wide scope of proposed projects, including:

  • A digital badging and microcredentialing platform for teacher professional development.

  • A program building connections between elementary students and elders in long-term care through computer science, art and music.

  • A pilot focused on integrating restorative disciplinary practices, reducing suspensions and building relationships.

  • An app making keeping track of vital student information easier during field trips.

  • A student-designed and -built drone racing obstacle course for Hamilton County.


From community-wide programs to revolutionary classroom reinventions, and from low tech to gigabit-enabled, there are a lot of big ideas from this year’s cohort. The educators invited are:


  • Beth Wilson (Red Bank Elementary)

  • Chris Cooper (Ooltewah Middle School)

  • Colby Williams (East Hamilton High School)

  • Dan Basler (Lookout Valley Middle/High School)

  • Danielle Morgan Hooper (Central High School)

  • Emily Halbert (Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy)

  • Erica Walker (Calvin Donaldson Elementary)

  • John Cunningham (Brainerd High School)

  • Lisa Blakely (Big Ridge Elementary) and Genise Fletcher (Tyner Academy)

  • Magan Lampard (Wolftever Creek Elementary) and Sue Williamson (STEM School)

  • Mary Manning, Drew Akins and James Stone (Red Bank High School)

  • Matthew Craig (Red Bank Middle and High School)

  • Mendi Catlett (Harrison Elementary)

  • Olivia Bagby (Red Bank High School)

  • Sara Durst (East Lake Elementary)

  • Sara Southard (Harrison Elementary)

  • Shannon Seigle (STEM School)

  • Shela Brazeale (Central High School)

  • Tara Tharp (Signal Mountain Middle/High School)

  • Ty Campbell (Ooltewah Middle School) and Kelly Davis (CSAS)

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