Plan your meals with Lindsey Joe!

Lindsey Joe of The Meal Planning Method will be joining us this Fall for her Master Meal Planning class starting next Wednesday! Register now and learn how to eat healthier while saving time and money!

lindsey 042016 headshotLindsey is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from Nashville, TN.  She graduated from the Dietetic Internship program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and prior to this, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She is a weight management expert, meal planning master, and TN Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nashville Media spokesperson.  Lindsey is passionate about helping people ignite the healthy that makes them happy and you can follow all her food-filled adventures at @themealplanningmethod!  Learn more about Lindsey below:

Why do you teach at NCE?
I wanted to teach a community class because I’m passionate about helping people overcome their most frustrating food problems.  And what I found working with clients one-on-one, is that for many, their pain points with food always come back to meal planning.  So as a health professional who teaches people what to eat, I also want to teach you how to eat to feel like your best self.

If you weren’t teaching a class, what class would you be taking?
If I wasn’t teaching this semester, I would absolutely take “Online Self-Publishing”.  I’d love to publish several recipe or nutrition-related ebooks!

What’s one thing we would be surprised to learn about you?
One thing you might be surprised to learn about me is that I am also a Lifestyle Coach for the Diabetes Prevention Program.  I love helping people live happier, healthier lives!

When you aren’t teaching a class with us, how are you spending your time?
When I’m not teaching “Master Meal Planning,” I am taking yoga at the Y, checking out a new restaurant in town, or blogging.  I’m so fortunate that my passion for food is not only a hobby, but my career.

What’s one thing that transplants would be surprised to know about the city?
One thing transplants would be surprised to know about Nashville is that we are actually very diverse.  Take a trip down Nolensville and you’ll find Ethiopian food, Kurdish cuisine, Thai restaurants, Turkish delights, Mexican ice cream shops… what more can your stomach want!?


Meet an Instructor: Shontell Jordan

SU 17 Classes_Full-126Shontell Jordan teaches our Personalized Digital Learning class at the Martha O’Bryan Center. Did you know that the Martha O’Bryan Digital Learning Lab is available to the community for free throughout the week? It’s an amazing community resource that’s powered by the Digital Inclusion Fund and volunteers like Shontell. We are honored to partner with the lab to continue offering Personalized Digital Learning through our program.

If you need to learn more about using a computer, typing, how to effectively use the internet and more, she’ll patiently support your goals. There’s only two spots left in class! Learn more about Shontell below:

What neighborhood or area of town do you live in? East Nashville

Profession: Talent Management Training Officer

Years teaching with NCE: This is my first year!

Why do you teach at Nashville Community Education?SU 17 Classes_Full-108
I teach at Nashville Community Education because I am passionate about lifelong learning.

Although you are teaching a class, what have you learned through students or others?
I have appreciated that we are an interdependent society and are always learning from one another.

If you weren’t teaching a class, what class would you be taking OR what class are you taking in addition to teaching?
I would be taking Spanish I if I were not teaching class.

When you aren’t teaching a class with us, how are you spending your time?
Reading, watching football, baseball, or softball, or spending time with my children who are in college in East TN.

What’s the last book, podcast, or blog you read or listened to?
I am fond of the Here & Now, Story Corps, and Neighbors Podcast – I am an avid NPR listener!

You’re a Nashville native, what’s one thing that transplants would be surprised to know about the city?
That we have wonder music in this city other than the country music genre.


Fall Registration is OPEN!

Fall CoverFall registration is underway! We have another great Fall lineup with many favorites returning as well as lots of exciting new classes.

Make beautiful music with FY17 Instructor of the Year, Richard Moore, in his guitar, fiddle and ukulele classes. Or maybe you prefer dancing instead? We have several dance options including clogging and percussive dance.

The holidays will be here before you know it, so why not make some gifts in our craft classes? Or learn to speak to Santa in our Finnish class!

We don’t think money should ever get in the way of enrichment. As a result of your feedback and thanks to funding from the Metro Nashville Government, we are now providing scholarships! If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a scholarship to cover the cost of your class or classes (up to two per session) please send the following information to or mail to our address at 4805 Park Avenue:

  • a document showing financial need (previous year’s W2s, receipt of government assistance, etc…)
  • a 250 word essay on why you want to take the class and an explanation of why you are seeking financial aid (can be typed or handwritten)
  • a completed registration form

A note on class availability: many of you may have noticed that classes are filling VERY quickly. Our program is growing and word is getting out about the great value of our classes, so expect for spaces to fill much quicker than they have in the past. If a class you want to take is full, please put yourself on the wait list. Spaces often open up OR we try to add a second section if the list gets particularly long.

We look forward to seeing you in class,

Mary Beth Harding
Executive Director