Relay Nashville

Teachers are the real stars in Music City.
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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
Special Education


Certification Highlights

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


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

Dean Linda Lentz

As founding dean of Relay Nashville, Linda Lentz leads the teacher training curriculum for the campus. As an educational leader and entrepreneur, Linda has a remarkable track record of success in Nashville and is proud to call the city home to her and her family.

Before joining Relay, Linda co-founded RePublic Schools, a network of schools aimed at reimagining public education in the south. During her tenure as founding partner and managing director, the network’s two middle schools in Nashville had the highest composite growth of any charter management organization in the United States, according to the 2013 CREDO study. Prior to her role at RePublic, Linda founded and served as executive director of Liberty Collegiate Academy in East Nashville, which was named a Tennessee Reward School for performing in the top five percent of all schools in the state in both absolute academic achievement and growth.

Linda has also served as the founding dean of students of Gary Comer College Prep, a campus of Chicago’s well-known Noble Network of Charter Schools, and as fellow with Building Excellent Schools.

Linda earned her M.A from Pennsylvania State University in Organizational Development and Change, and her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas. She began her career in education as a high school English teacher in Houston as a member of Teach For America

City Highlights

Get to know Nashville, Tennessee.

city population: 691,243

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