Lindsey Hagan

Assistant Principal, Wallace A. Smith Elementary, Hamilton County Schools

For Lindsey Hagan, there are many ways to raise student achievement.

“If we all integrate and collaborate to grow children emotionally, behaviorally, and academically – I believe students will go further in life,” she says.

That’s why she works to build a holistic approach in her classroom, and she makes sure that her approach complements the learning happening in other classes.

“I explore creative ways to support the classroom standards through music. This team approach embraces the mentality that it takes a village to raise a child.” Ms. Hagan explains, “If we all integrate and collaborate to grow children emotionally, behaviorally, and academically – I believe students will go further in life.”

And her subject predisposes her students to such integration. Studies show that learning music develops students’ brains, and spurs emotional and behavioral growth. That’s why Ms. Hagan is passionate about teaching music, it gives her students a “powerful tool that can determine the trajectory of their life.”

“It [music] is connected to all subjects and will increase student achievement in their overall cognitive development.” She says.

In that way, as she grows her students’ musicianship, she is also growing their cognitive and social skills, developing the brain capacity and skills in life to grow and thrive.

Bio: Lindsey Hagan, who holds a master’s degree in instructional leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University, has been an educator since 2009-10, teaching music and student leadership at Bess T. Shepherd Elementary and, beginning in 2016-17, serving as assistant principal at Wallace A. Smith Elementary. She is a 2015-16 Tennessee Educator Fellows, a co-founder of the Student Leadership Academy, founder of the Elementary Think Tank, the Chattanooga Young Professional Innovator of the Year Finalist in 2014, and was selected from Hamilton County for Leadership Fellows Cohort ‘16. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys CrossFit, travel, hiking, paddle-boarding, and singing at church. Find her on Twitter at @lindseyhagan.

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