Nonprofit helping JCPS students study for the ACT

May 8th, 2020

Students and teachers are adjusting to new types of learning right now, but standardized tests like the ACT and SAT are still required by universities — even if test dates have been moved.  read more »

Creative writing contest offers Shelby County Schools students cash prizes and self-expression

May 8th, 2020

Peer Power is hosting a creative writing contest with cash prizes for Shelby County Schools students in the ninth through twelfth grades during the 2019-20 school ... read more »

50 College-Bound Whitehaven seniors celebrated virtually for securing $1 million+ each in academic scholarships

May 1st, 2020

Whitehaven High School’s Academic Signing Day, produced by Peer Power Foundation, continues its annual tradition through a YouTube Live 2-hour ceremony. read more »

Peer Power Foundation Welcomes Fundraising Veteran as New CEO

April 27th, 2020

Peer Power Foundation is pleased to announce Tabitha Glenn as its new CEO. read more »

Act Now, Score Later

April 17th, 2020

Read about our ACT Prep + Creative Writing Contest opportunities. read more »

Peer Power Introduces Virtual ACT Prep Courses, Writing Contest to Incentivize & Award Students

April 17th, 2020

Peer Power Foundation, a Memphis-based nonprofit organization innovating the public education system in partnership with Shelby County Schools and University of Memphis, has announced a free, online ACT Prep University and high-school Creative Writing Contest beginning Monday, April 20. read more »

Set for success

March 5th, 2020

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Reflecting Our Schools' Best

February 4th, 2020

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Whitehaven High teacher receives national ‘Oscars of Teaching’ award

January 9th, 2020

Shortly after receiving the prestigious Milken Educator Award Wednesday morning, Whitehaven High School teacher Nathan Kirsch said he’d never heard of the award prior. read more »

Memphis teacher surprised with $25,000, recognized as one of 40 recipients of national award

January 9th, 2020

Nathan Kirsch, a math teacher at Whitehaven High School, was surprised with a $25,000 national teaching award during an assembly at the school Wednesday morning.  read more »

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Kylea Spradley

I am currently a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis. I also work as a success coach for Peer Power at East High School and I absolutely adore my job. The satisfaction from helping and encouraging young scholars is an overwhelmingly positive feeling that fills me with determination to constantly do better not only in my educational life, but in my personal life too. I take great pride walking into East High School knowing that I am not only a resource for the students, but also a mentor. I am that friend to talk to when something is going on, or even the outside opinion on a situation that shines the light onto a new viewpoint.

Peer Power to me is helping motivate students to graduate on time, and with dignity. Peer Power to me means inspiring that scholar to take the ACT again and raise their score, even if it is just by one more point. That one point can be the difference of a 2,000-dollar scholarship for college. Peer Power to me is getting the students excited for the endless possibilities past graduation, whether it be college or joining the work force. Peer Power to me is igniting the fire of determination and motivation under every student, and to welcome them into our world, post high school, with arms wide open, as that shoulder to lean on, as that support system when they need it.

Another reason why I love Peer Power so very much, is that it helps me to revisit old topics that I may have forgotten about when I was in high school. In turn, it benefits me in my college classes. As a biomedical engineering student, I take a ton of math classes. As a math success coach at East High, I get a refresh on topics that I haven’t seen in a long while, And if I am able to explain a topic, such as proofs in Geometry or absolute value functions in Algebra 2, to a student who may or may not have seen said topic before and for the students to understand it even just a little better, then I know that I fully understand the topic myself.

The relationships I have built during my time as a success coach at East High School are ones I will remember forever. Whether it be with my team leads, my teacher, students, and even other success coaches, the entirety of it all feels like a second family. I know that I have a support system at Peer Power, one that will always be there to pick me up when I am down, to congratulate me when I succeed, and one I can reply on in the future of my academic career.