Chris Barbic

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Superintendent, Achievement School District

Nashville, Tennessee

Chris Barbic was named the superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD) in May 2011, with the mission of moving the bottom 5 percent of schools in Tennessee to the top 25 percent within five years.

Prior to becoming superintendent of the ASD, Chris was the founder and chief executive officer of YES Prep Public Schools, 2012 winner of the prestigious Broad Prize. To date, YES Prep has graduated 12 classes of seniors, 100 percent of whom have earned acceptance to a four-year college or university.

Prior to founding YES Prep, Chris taught for six years in the Houston Independent School District and was a member of Teach for America. In 1995, he earned HISD’s “Outstanding Young Educator” award. In 2001, Chris was selected by President Bush to serve on the President’s Commission on Excellence in Hispanic Education, and in 2006 was awarded Vanderbilt University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Barbic graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in English and human development.

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Posted July 17, 2015

7 Lessons From Chris Barbic, First Superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District

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