Relay Nashville Alumni Spotlight: Megan Tipton

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Megan and I grew up in Covington, Tennessee, which is a small town in Tipton County. I moved to Nashville in 2004 to enroll in college and have made Nashville my permanent residence.

What inspires you to do the work that you do?

I get my inspiration whenever I know that I have made a positive impact on my students and when I see their eyes light up as they learn.

How has Relay helped you to become a more impactful teacher? 

While attending Relay, I have been introduced to deliberate practice and it has positively impacted my teaching. Relay offers real time coaching and feedback that can be delivered to students immediately. This meaningful program ensures that I come out better prepared for my students academic success.

At Relay, we believe that teachers are some of the most impactful people in students’ lives. Can you share a bit about a teacher who impacted your life?

4th grade year! I remember it like it was yesterday! My favorite teacher's name was Ms. Harwell. I loved going to school as a result of meeting her because I felt like I belonged. I was comfortable learning with her. I connected with Ms. Harwell and I remain in contact with her to this day. I want to offer my students the same opportunity to feel a connection with a teacher that cares about and supports them.

What do you love about teaching in Nashville? 

Thanks to KIPP, I have established a good rapport with my colleagues and students. It gives me great pleasure to be a part of this school system that empowers the students in our community and helps them to create meaningful learning opportunities.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself and the work that you do?

After graduating from high school, I obtained my first degree in Mortuary Science, followed by a degree in African American Studies. Finally I received a masters degree in health care administration. I am a graduate of Relay Graduate School of Education.