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District 8- Mary Pierce

Stand for Children Tennessee endorses Mary Pierce for Metro Nashville School Board District 8


Bio- Mary has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Mississippi.She and her husband, Mark, have been married for 21 years and have four children, ages 8 to 14, who attend Julia Green Elementary, John Trotwood Moore Middle School and Christ Presbyterian Academy. Mary tutors students weekly at her neighborhood schools, serves on the Boards of the Julia Green PTO and the Nashville Aquatic Club, and attends Fellowship Bible Church. She has held various roles in higher education fundraising and most recently served as the Director of Development for the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music. 

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Why I Stand for Children- It is an honor to receive the Stand for Children endorsement. I share Stand’s mission and vision and definition of excellence. As a Board member, I will work tirelessly to ensure that an action plan and support system are in place for our children in underperforming schools and that all parents have access to the school of their choice. It is not excellent until every child has the opportunity to succeed in a high-performing public school.

Why Stand for Children Endorses Mary Pierce- In Mary Pierce, we found a solutions-oriented candidate with a clearly articulated vision. Pierce recognizes that schools should meet the unique needs of every child in Nashville, and that parents should have high-quality options – zoned, magnet, and charter - in choosing a school for their child. Pierce would also bring a sense of urgency to improving the lowest-performing schools, most of which fall outside of District 8. For these reasons, we believe Mary Pierce is the clear choice.

“Mary Pierce has demonstrated to me the passion and practicality to recognize and support what is working very well in Metro Nashville Public Schools and challenge the areas where significant improvement is needed. We don’t always agree, but I am confident she understands the issues, respects differing opinions and will work tirelessly so that my daughter and all kids in Metro have high performing schools and the opportunity to excel.” - Maria Salas, Stand Member

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