We’re Empowering Tennesseans to Be the Voice for Kids

 Tennesseans overwhelmingly support investing in our kids, and especially early education.

We’re committed to making sure that every child in Tennessee gets the best start, because research shows that the first five years are critical to future success in school and life.

Join us to become the strongest possible voice for children in Tennessee!

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October Middle Tennessee Community Action Team Meeting

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
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Newport Harvest Street Festival

October 7 @ 10:00 am - October 8 @ 5:00 pm EDT
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October Eastern Tennessee Community Action Team Meeting

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
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State Leadership

Katie Growden
Tennessee State Manager
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Before coming on staff as Tennessee State Manager, Katie served as a Volunteer Leader for SCAN’s Middle Tennessee Community Action Team for five years. As a mom of three and career early childhood educator, Katie moved into advocacy work to raise awareness of issues faced every day by children, families, and the early education workforce. She and her husband have made their home in Williamson County for over 25 years. When not using her voice for kids, Katie enjoys supporting Nashville Soccer Club and spending time with friends and family.

Rachel Russell
Senior Coordinator
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Before joining SCAN as Tennessee Senior Coordinator, Rachel worked as an Outreach Specialist under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Grant, creating community connections and recruiting veterans in need of affordable housing. She also worked under the Early Head Start Grant for nearly a decade, serving in multiple roles including Early Head Start Teacher, Family Service Specialist, and Early Head Start Manager.  Rachel grew up in Manchester, KY and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Eastern Kentucky University. She lives in Knoxville and is excited to support and advocate for families and children.

Lorena Georger, Family Engagement Senior AssociateLorena Georger
Family Engagement Senior Associate
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Before joining SCAN, as Family Engagement Senior Associate, Lorena was an accomplished educational professional with over two decades of experience teaching domestically and internationally. She has years of experience in family engagement, activity planning, program and curriculum assessment and development, as well as creating and implementation of social emotional support and tools for practical change. Lorena grew up in Upstate New York but has had the opportunity to live and work in other cities and countries. She holds a Masters Degree in Education from University of Washington. She now calls Eastern Tennessee her home and is excited to support and advocate for families and children.

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