Honoring our Volunteers

Tuwanda          cori

Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a program like Nashville Community Education? The answer is simple, volunteers. All of your instructors are volunteers who want to make an impact on the community by sharing their knowledge, passion, and expertise with you. Without our instructors, we would not be able to offer the variety of classes we do.  But, but saying thank you isn’t enough to show our appreciation.

Last week, we hosted the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to properly thank instructors who have taught with us over the past year.  Each year at this event, we recognize an instructor for their dedication and service to NCE, along with a community member who has been a tireless supporter and advocate for our program.

This year we honored Cori Gonzalez with the Instructor Appreciation Award. Cori joined us this Winter as our new Spanish instructor and dove into things immediately by developing a full Spanish curriculum for our program.  In the words of her students, “Cori is an excellent instructor.  She is willing to meet extra on her own time to help.”  We are proud to have Cori as part of our program.

You have probably heard Tuwanda Coleman’s name for her work at News Channel 5, but did you also know she has been a longtime supporter of NCE? If you learned about our Rug Braiding class on Talk of the Town, you have Tuwanda to thank.  Through her work with Talk of the Town, Tuwanda has helped us spread the word about NCE and reach new students. We cannot say enough how much we appreciate her.

Thank you to all of our instructors. We are looking forward to another great year!

A Word from Our Executive Director

By Lovette Curry

Spring is coming…eventually and we are getting ready to end our Winter/Spring semester and complete a full cycle of classes for the 2014-2015 year.  As we wrap up our most recent cycle, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteer instructors, site-coordinators, staff and Commission members.  Nashville Community Education is truly a team effort that requires a lot of hard work from dedicated volunteers and staff.  This year we offered over 300 classes at two locations in three semesters.  Over 150 community members volunteered to teach those classes and staff ensured that everything ran as smoothly as possible.  Dealing with over 2,000 students in such a diverse range of activities requires dedicated staff and passionate volunteers, thankfully we have both.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our students!  Without your continued support of our classes and increased participation we would not be able to offer this great service to the Nashville community.  This program is for the students and we strive to offer a wide range of high-quality classes.  We hope that you will continue to give us great class suggestions and feedback and we continue to improve our offerings and overall programming.

Lastly, I would like to recognize our volunteer instructors who share their passion with our students every day, our staff who works tirelessly to ensure that all the program elements are in place, and our dedicated Commission members who make sure that the program is running in compliance with policies and procedures set forth by the agency and the city.  They make sure that we are meeting the needs of our students and putting our mission for high-quality opportunities first. We could never pay any of these groups enough for all they do J.   The gratitude for all of our volunteer instructors and staff members is immeasurable.  If you want to thank someone send them a quick shout out on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/NashvilleCE .  I am sure they would love to hear from you.

So a HUGE thank you to all of our volunteers, staff, and Commission members and I look forward to seeing you all this Summer!

Instructor Spotlight: Chris Whitsett


sifu chris tai chi

I have admired the work of Nashville Community Education for years. It’s exciting to see all of the original and interesting classes offered to the community. When I moved closer to Nashville this past summer, I knew I wanted to be a part of that excitement. I submitted the paperwork to begin a Tai Chi program, and was honored to have the opportunity to share this ancient exercise to the community.

My favorite part of teaching is seeing students enjoying the process of learning, and feeling the health benefits of Tai Chi. It’s simply wonderful to see someone feel better after a class than they did before.

My interest in Tai Chi began 10 years ago when I started learning from my Kung Fu teacher. Later, I began to learn a little more from different instructors and sources. Personally, I noticed Tai Chi helped me recover from running more effectively as well as increasing my overall well-being and attitude. Eventually, I earned certifications to teach Tai Chi as well as Kung Fu. My appreciation for Tai Chi grows each and every day. It’s definitely a lifelong journey. I still have a ton to learn myself.

I’m very excited about the upcoming Kung Fu classes. This is a fun way to improve fitness levels and self-defense skills. Also, students will have the opportunity to learn an ancient, historic, and beautiful art form. Most people think of Kung Fu as punching and kicking. That is part of the process, but our focus is on self cultivation and improving the quality of life for ourselves as well as those around us.


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