Relay Nashville

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About Relay Nashville

Nashville, known as the Athens of the South for its large concentration of higher education institutions, is a diverse and dynamic city working to ensure all children can access its expanding educational and economic opportunities. Relay Nashville is offering the following program to help educators and aspiring educators expand opportunities for our children: Relay Teaching Residency and Master of Arts in Teaching.





AVERAGE RESIDENT SALARY: $25,000 – $35,000
(varies by school partner and role)


Relay Teaching Residency
Master of Arts in Teaching


Certification Highlights

Download the Nashville Certification Highlights Guide for information about certification requirements and timelines.


Middle school math and science
All high school subjects
Dean Linda Lentz

Dean Linda Lentz

As founding dean of Relay Nashville, Linda Lentz leads the teacher training curriculum for the campus. She is an educational entrepreneur and leader who has achieved a remarkable record of successfully leading students and faculty to high levels of student achievement and growth. Prior to joining Relay, she co-founded RePublic Schools and was the founder and executive director of Liberty Collegiate Academy, one of the highest-performing schools in Tennessee. She was also a fellow with Building Excellent Schools and taught high school English as a member of Teach For America

City Highlights

Get to know Nashville, Tennessee.

city population: 685,000

city fun

Did you know Nashville ranks fifth in the nation for growth? It's not just economic growth either - between 2000 and 2008, Nashville had the fastest immigrant population growth of any city in the country. Today, Nashville is home to the largest Kurdish population in the United States as well as one of the largest Laotian populations. In all, more than 140 different languages can be heard in the hallways of Metro Nashville public schools.

Nashville's rich music, foodie and cultural offerings has increasingly made it a popular destination to visit and live. Enjoy tourist hotspots like the Country Music Hall of Fame and the honky-tonks on Broadway, or check out local destinations like Jack White's Third Man Records and Plaza Mariachi.


You’ll need a car to get around Nashville. If you're downtown, there are public transit routes to major tourist attractions; the Music City Circuit is a circulator bus offering free service around the city Monday through Saturday, and the Green Circuit and Blue Circuit provide additional service to top destinations. 

Contact Information


Relay Nashville
123 Douglas Avenue
Nashville, TN 37207