Heroes and Exemplars

HCS EdConnect recognizes three Heroes every month – school staff who have gone above and beyond to connect their communities. Each of these Heroes receives a $500 award, as well as recognition for their efforts. You can nominate an educator here, or learn more about previous awardees below.

HCS EdConnect also recognizes Exemplar Schools each semester. These are schools that have reached a certain threshold of families through EdConnect – and, in fall of 2021, 57 schools met or exceeded those targets. Seven randomly selected schools, highlighted in bold below, also received grant awards – two from each size category (small, midsize and large), as well as one additional school who exceeded all thresholds. An additional seven schools will be selected for grants in spring of 2022, as HCS EdConnect works to connect 100% of those who need access, and to ensure all truly means all.

HCS EdConnect Heroes

November 2021
Michelle Rucker, Hunter Middle
Brody Scott, Soddy Middle
Anthony Miller, North Hamilton County

December 2021
Lizanette Rodriguez, Clifton Hills
Tracy Higginbotham, Brown Academy
Joanna Wallace, Lookout Valley Elementary

HCS EdConnect Exemplar Schools – Fall 2021

Allen Elementary School
Apison Elementary School
Barger Academy
Battle Academy for Teach/Learning
Big Ridge Elementary School
Brainerd High School
Brown Middle School
Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy
Central High School
Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy
Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts
Chattanooga Preparatory School
Chattanooga School for Liberal Arts
Chattanooga School For The Arts and Sciences
Clifton Hills Elementary School
Daisy Elementary School
Dalewood Middle School
East Hamilton High School
East Hamilton Middle School
East Lake Academy of Fine Arts
East Side Elementary School
Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chatt State
Hamilton County Virtual School
Hixson Elementary School
Hixson High School
Hixson Middle School
Howard Connect Academy
Hunter Middle School
Loftis Middle School
Lookout Mountain Elementary School
Lookout Valley Elementary School
Lookout Valley Middle/High School
McConnell Elementary School
Middle Valley Elementary School
Nolan Elementary School
Normal Park Museum Magnet
North Hamilton County Elementary School
Ooltewah Elementary School
Ooltewah High School
Ooltewah Middle School
Orchard Knob Middle School
Red Bank High School
Red Bank Middle School
Sale Creek Middle/ High School
Sequoyah High School
Signal Mountain Middle/High School
Snow Hill Elementary School
Soddy Daisy High School
Soddy Daisy Middle School
Soddy Elementary School
Spring Creek Elementary School
STEM School Chattanooga
Thrasher Elementary School
Tommie F. Brown International Academy
Tyner Academy
Tyner Middle Academy
Wallace A. Smith Elementary School