Athena Turner, Executive Director

Athena Turner is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and taught high school ecology, anatomy and physiology, and chemistry at Kingsbury High School as a 2006 charter corps member in Memphis.

In her second year of teaching, she was selected as a national Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award semi-finalist. In 2008 she became the development manager for Teach For America Memphis before stepping in to the executive director role in 2010. Currently, Athena is leading our efforts in partnership with our city’s school and system networks, alumni, and community leaders to grow Teach For America’s size and impact in Memphis.