Carol Swann

Carol Swann

2016 NACSA Leader

Coordinator and Executive Director, Metro Nashville Public Schools

Carol Swann is Coordinator of Charter Schools and acting Executive Director of Charter Schools at Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). In these roles, she oversees the district’s charter school authorization process and the monitoring and oversight of charter schools and is responsible for the strategic planning, vision, mission, and budget for the Office of Charter Schools.

Carol also organized the Tennessee Association of Charter School Authorizers (TACSA), and wrote the TACSA Principles and Standards and by-laws.

Prior to her current position at MNPS, Carol served the District by writing operating policies and procedures which govern how the district operates. She has also coordinated the data and technology needs for 28 schools as a Technology Resource Manager for a number of years, and taught both special needs students and computer skills in elementary and middle schools.

Carol has also served as Chief Operating Officer of a charter school and spent some time managing the education initiatives of the United Way of Middle Tennessee, including an initiative from the Harvard Family Research Center studying family involvement in middle and high school and a Bill and Melinda Gates grant studying teacher effectiveness across Tennessee.


Most Recent Posts
Closing the DEI Gap in Authorizing
According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 68% of charter school students are students of color and nearly 59% come from lower-income households. Unfortunately, most educational organizations, including...
New School Application
What’s possible today? Who can start new, high-quality, innovative, and equitable schools? Is it possible for community members, talented educators, or the next generation of leaders to start a new...
Third Thursdays
NACSA provides professional development opportunities, online courses, resources, and publications that are specifically designed to help authorizers and other school leaders grow and network. Third Thursdays, an ongoing virtual learning...