NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Damon R. Cathey

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Dr. Damon Cathey serves as Community Superintendent of the Northeast Quadrant, overseeing all schools located within the Stratford, McGavock and Maplewood clusters. Dr. Cathey’s 21-year career includes time spent as a teacher, consultant and administrator. Prior to returning to MNPS, Dr. Cathey consulted with Tribal Education, he worked as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Kingsport City Schools. In this role, Damon supervised curriculum implementation K-12 and led the district improvement journey – moving toward non-negotiable goals for student achievement and classroom instruction, providing embedded professional development in literacy and mathematics K-12, and formalizing the use of research-based instructional strategies in all classrooms. According to the Tennessee Department of Education 2011 Report Card, the district received high marks in academic achievement, scoring above the state average in all core subject areas, achieving an A in value-added in math in 2011, and scoring a single and three-year average ACT significantly above the state averages in all subject areas. Cathey has received a number of grants and recognitions for his leadership.

Damon began his teaching career as a math and science teacher at Buena Vista Jones Paideia Magnet School. During his tenure in Metro Nashville Public Schools, he served in the capacity of teacher, assistant principal, and principal. In 2007 he left MNPS to serve as the director of Moreno Valley Paideia Charter High School in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Damon has also served as an adjunct Professor at Lipscomb University and Tennessee State University.
Damon received his Ed.D., in School Administration and Supervision from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University; M.A.T., in Curriculum and Instruction; and B.S., in Engineering Technology from the University of Memphis. He has served on several boards and commissions including the State Board of Education Leadership Commission, the State Board of Education RAMP-Up Task Force, and the State Board of Education Advisory Council on Teacher Education and Certification. Damon is a 2010 graduate of the Tennessee School Board Association’s Prospective Superintendents Academy.

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