Dr. Yolanda Brown has been named a semi-finalist for the next superintendent of Memphis- Shelby County Schools. 

Dr. Yolanda Brown, the current chief academic officer at Atlanta Public Schools, has been named a semi-finalist for the next Superintendent of Memphis- Shelby County Schools. 

Brown, who is a 30-year veteran of Atlanta Public Schools, has held a variety of roles. According to her bio, brown has been a classroom teacher, district-level model teacher leader/facilitator, principal, and associate superintendent of schools. 

 Memphis-Shelby County Schools is the largest school district in Tennessee and has a budget of over $1.9 billion for the 2024 fiscal year.

The search for a superintendent of Memphis Shelby County Schools comes after the first list of finalists selected by search firm Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates was rejected. 

Brown is among five finalists, which include: 

  • Marie Feagins, chief leadership and high schools with Detroit Public Schools Community District (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Carlton Jenkins, recent Superintendent retiree from the Madison Metropolitan School District (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Cheryl Proctor, deputy superintendent of instruction and school communities for Portland Public Schools (Portland, Oregon)
  • Angela Whitelaw, deputy superintendent of schools and academic support (Memphis, TN)

The next superintendent will deal with a the possible school consolidations and closures, a $150 budget gap as pandemic funds expire and the possibility of cutting academic programs and personnel. 

Board members will interview the five semi-finalists at the Teaching and Learning Academy from 10:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. 

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