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Our Origin Story

Invictus Nashville embodies community at its heart.  Founded by a Nashville native and first-generation high school graduate from Nashville public schools, Dr. Brenda Jones knew that she wanted to make an impact in the Nashville community.  Her commitment to finding a way to provide a quality public education for all Nashville students fueled her drive to open a school.  After obtaining a doctoral degree from Trevecca University, she dove in to the work of creating Invictus Nashville.  And Dr. Jones knew right away, that in order to build a school model in service of the community, the community is where she needed to start.

 

Dr. Jones built a team of other community leaders focuses on this same goal establishing our co-design team.  This dedicated team targeted the Donelson-Hermitage community and started by asking the following questions:

       “What must a school designed for Nashville include?”,

       “What are our children’s hopes and dreams?”, and

       “How can a new school enhance Nashville’s educational landscape?”

 

After speaking to a diverse group of students, educators, community leaders, and parents, they got to compiled that data to build the school you see today.  Their responses are the bedrock for the Invictus program and continues to shape our work.  ur team remains  committed to this community-centered approach as we build out our day-to-day processes and are coaching our new team members.  In addition, in order to have the greatest impact on our community, we want our students to also do this work ultimately becoming productive members of the community.  With this in mind, our model strives to instill this community-centered mindset for those future leaders as well.

A School for the Community

HOW IT BEGAN

Invictus

Founder

Dr. Brenda
Jones

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Amber Green

VOLUNTEER

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Lisa Jimenez

VOLUNTEER

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Cassandra Lemon

VOLUNTEER

Jordan Freeman

Jordan Freeman

VOLUNTEER

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Travis Stone

VOLUNTEER

Teresa Sanders

Teresa Sanders 

VOLUNTEER

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Reginald Epps

VOLUNTEER

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Melinda

Coston-Skyers

VOLUNTEER

Community
Co-Design
Team

Click on their photo to learn more about their work in the community

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