Who We Are

Founded in 2014, UnifiEd is a community-led movement of parents, teachers, and citizens who want every student in Hamilton County to have the chance to attend great public schools. We believe that if community members are informed about how to help teachers and students, given the training and tools to advocate for them, and encouraged to unite our voices – we can create real and lasting change. Together, we can ensure that every student has the opportunity to learn, grow, thrive, and prosper.

What We Do

We empower individuals, families, teachers, and administrators to get involved, take action, and support community leaders who make education a priority. Whether it’s organizing a roundtable to get teachers talking about what they need to be successful, or giving community leaders access to data and tools to advocate for their school, we work with everyone to have their voices heard.

We empower students to work together to identify their own issues in their schools and their school system and advocate for lasting change. We have high school student organizers on staff that work solely with their fellow students to raise student voice in decision making. We are committed to working with teachers to raise teacher voice in policy making decisions and processes. We have a teacher organizer that focuses on incorporating teacher voice in all of UnifiEd’s work and equipping educators with the tools they need to advocate for themselves.

UnifiEd also serves as a hub of information about what’s happening within our school system. You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get up-to-the-minute reports on what’s on the agenda during Board of Education and County Commission meetings, giving you a direct line into the policy and budget changes that affect our students. We supply the facts, you help to make the change. Read more about what we’ve accomplished!

Meet The Team

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Jonas Barriere, Executive Director

jonas@unifi-ed.org

Abi Burgess, Graphic Design Intern

abi@unifi-ed.org

Ashley Conrad, Director of Policy and Research

ashley@unifi-ed.org

Natalie Cook, Director of Communications

natalie@unifi-ed.org

Letisha Ellison, Data and Administrative Assistant

letisha@unifi-ed.org

Keely Gilliland, Director of Operations

keely@unifi-ed.org

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Matt Johnson, Director of Data

matt@unifi-ed.org

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Meara Knowles, Director of Campaigns

meara@unifi-ed.org

 

Josh Singh, Director of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships

josh@unifi-ed.org

Alea Tveit, Research Assistant

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Kadijah, Student Organizer at Lookout Valley High School

kadijah.unified@gmail.com

Student Voice Team Alumni

Chris Smith

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Red Bank High School

Mari

The Howard School

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Dereke

Brainerd High School

Rachel

Ooltewah High School

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Mikaila

Collegiate High

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Kalena

STEM School

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Katie

STEM School

Makayla

Ooltewah High School

Tyrese

Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences

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Drew

Soddy Daisy High School

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Nick

Ooltewah High School

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Akia

The Howard School

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D’Andre

Central High School

 

De'Shayla Moore Caldwell, Student Organizer

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The Howard School

Marrio Clark

Marrio

Red Bank High School

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Avery

CSAS

 

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Sasha

Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences

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Josh

Central High School

Meet The Board

Wonjen Bagley

Marcellus Barnes

Wayne Brown

David Eichenthal

Dr. Joyce Hardaway

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Alison Lebovitz

Aram Perez

Justin Wilkins

Jeffrey Wilson

Edna Varner