TSCS is a part of a larger effort by the Soulsville Foundation to revitalize the community within which the school is located. South Memphis is being changed because TSCS exists. The evidence rests within the individual stories of the students we serve.
We unite students, their families, and our teachers to turn our community around and give children the opportunities they deserve.
I've been teaching at Soulsville for 4 years and I'm still loving every minute of it!
6th Grade Reading Teacher
I am extremely passionate about urban education and like the charter school system as it allows students to gain a rigorous education. In my current post at a charter school, I serve as the reading teacher for revolutionary sixth grade scholars. I am a firm believer in closing the achievement gap through making learning applicable to students and understanding student environments. This is why I love teaching reading. I have developed a curriculum that allows students to make real world connections to various fiction and non-fiction texts. I also encourage students to improve their literacy and writing skills through independent reading, and help my students seek out high interest texts. Previous to teaching in the middle school, I was an adjunct instructor of communications at the University of Memphis. I also served as the elementary special programs coordinator at a government-operated school in South Korea. There, I learned the absolute importance of differentiated instruction and scaffolding in English language learning, as I often taught classrooms filled with Russian, French, Japanese, and Korean native speakers.
6th Grade Writing Teacher
I love my job because my 6th graders surprise me every day! There is never a dull moment as I have the privilege to watch them develop into successful middle school students.
8th Grade Science Teacher
I am an 8th grade science teacher, in Memphis, TN. I love science, learning new things with my students, and opening up new opportunities.
Teacher (8th Writing)
I am currently the 8th grade writing teacher at The Soulsville Charter School in Memphis, TN. I have a strong passion for literacy in education, civic and community engagement through projects in class, and for arts integration into classrooms. I came to teaching through an alternative licensing program, but I love education and will have a Masters of Education from the University of Southern California by the 2014-15 school year. I see knowledge and education as the "great equalizer" and the source of advocacy and passion for all peoples, especially those that have been or continue to be held down or disadvantaged in any way by society. I hope to inspire each day and eventually hope later in life to work for a district in ensuring that schools have strong community connections and rigorous, community-connected curriculum. If students feel valued by their community through education, they will come back and "pay it forward", continuing to make their community a better place.
I have been working at the Soulsville Charter School for almost four years. I am passionate about Urban Education and see student access to quality teachers as a civil rights issue. In the zip code where I teach only 1 in 4 students are able to attend college. At my school, 100% of students have been accepted to college. I am proud to be a part of an educational movement dedicated to changing lives and providing students with access to college and setting children up for success in life.
My name is Erin L. Johnson, and I have been a teacher at The Soulsville Charter School for four years in the mathematics department. I teach Pre Calculus and Personal Finance. The Soulsville Charter School is a tuition-free, public charter school located in Memphis, Tennessee. We serve approximately 600 students in grades 6-12. Our mission is to prepare students for “college and life success in an academically rigorous environment.” Our core values are Community, Respect, Integrity, Scholarship, and Empathy. Of the three graduating classes from Soulsville, each has accomplished the honor of having 100% of its class being accepted into a four-year college. My vision for each child I teach is that they grow to become self-directed learners thirsting for knowledge and advocating for their education. I am passionate about providing sound educational opportunities and exposure to my students that mold them into self-directed learners. Instilling these values in my students will allow them to be successful individuals in college as I have witnessed first hand these attributes in my former students who come back and talk to me about their experiences in college. I recently had one student say “no one babies you in college.” Another student told me they had to “learn to take responsibility to study and complete homework.” While these students have adapted, some cannot as easily make that transition. To further assist with this transition, students must be placed in an environment where they can learn at a pace that is challenging but most impactful for their individualized needs. This can be difficult to achieve in a high-level math course as some students quickly pick up concepts and others struggle with foundational skills. A student directed learning model would help students learn at a pace that is challenging, comfortable, and self-directed. It would also allow my students to become persistent problem solvers. I hope that the bigger impact of this outcome would result in my students making better decisions about their future as they get a more realistic sense of being in control of the choices they can make.
My name is Jack Replinger and I am in my eighth year teaching physics in Memphis, Tennessee. I first came to Memphis through the Teach for America program, and spent my first four years at Kingsbury High School and Treadwell Middle School. For the past four years I have been the physics teacher at The Soulsville Charter School. The Soulsville Charter School is a tuition-free, public charter school, which serves approximately 650 students in grades 6-12. I was fortunate to begin teaching at Soulsville the first year we had a graduating senior class. Of Soulsville’s three graduating classes, each has met the goal of having 100% of seniors being accepted into a four-year college. The mission of The Soulsville Charter School (TSCS) is to prepare students for success in college and in life in an academically rigorous, music-rich environment. TSCS serves a pre-dominantly low-income, minority student population (86% free-reduced lunch in 2013-2014) in south Memphis. Each year I have worked towards the goal of making physics a positive experience for my students and as described below I have developed a new approach for teaching this notoriously difficult subject that is especially effective with the student populations I have served. I am writing to request your support for developing an interactive online physics program which will transform my classroom and allow this method to be available to other teachers and their students. I am co-developing this program with Nick Barnhart, Memphis Teacher Residency class of 2015, who was my resident teacher at Soulsville and now teaches physics at Melrose High School, a public school in south Memphis, which also serves a predominantly low-income, minority student population.
Teaching high school Spanish in Memphis, TN, I lead students to be driven, confident and compassionate scholars and leaders in their community. Through lots of research, I have developed an ambitious foreign language curriculum that not only prepares students to communicate in real world situations with confidence and ease, but also puts them on a path to take AP Spanish by the end of high school. Walking into my classroom, one would see students investigating authentic materials, taking risks and supporting one another through mistakes, acting out imaginative stories, reflecting on their individual and collective goal progress, and working together to create a joyful and vibrant classroom community.
Biology Teacher The Soulsville Charter School
Environmental Science Teacher
U.S Government World History
Government and Economics
English 8th grade
AP Calc Calc Pre Calc
I teach Statistics and Bridge Math.
Director of Academics
Director of Academics
7th Grade Writing
7th grade Science
7th Grade Science - Tennesse
6th Grade Math
6th Grade Science
6th Grade Writing
10th Grade English
Middle School Dean of Instruction
9th Grade English Teacher
Math 3 Teacher
I am a teacher at The Soulsville Charter School in Memphis, Tennessee. I teach Junior Seminar, a required class for all 11th graders that focuses on ACT prep and college readiness skills.
Office Team Leader
Office Team Leader
Play Expert Teacher
8th grade Social Studies teacher at The Soulsville Charter School, 8th grade team leader, 2011 TFA alum, and Calvin College graduate. I grew up in Jamestown, NY home of Lucille Ball, and currently live in Memphis, TN with my husband, Jessen, and our two dogs, Darcy and Margot.
6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Teaching at Soulsville Charter School, which is an inner city school in Memphis, TN trying to help students get on a path to college and life success. Currently coaching the Middle School girls basketball and am in need of warmups for the girls.
High School History Teacher
I teach Facing History and Ourselves and Contemporary Issues at an urban charter school in Memphis, TN. I love working with teenagers to develop their understandings of the systems that influence our world. I believe that education serves to give language and philosophical and historical frameworks to students' experiences and to equip them to act upon the injustices they encounter.
8th Grade Science Teacher
8th Grade Teacher at the Soulsville Charter School, believer in the next generation, self-expression enthusiast, aiming to empower the students of Soulsville, USA!
I'm a College Counselor at the Soulsville Charter School in South Memphis, TN!