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 »

Celebrating What's to Come

January 6th, 2020

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Transforming Minds and Transforming Lives

December 12th, 2019

Danielle, a current Peer Power Assistant Program Director at Ridgeway Highschool, joined the organization when she was in her final year of college at The University of Memphis. During the first year of her employment, what began as a straightforward plan to earn funds to help at home grew into a love of being in the classroom. read more »

Greater Opportunities

November 19th, 2019

New executive opportunity at Peer Power. read more »

New Ways to Lead

November 5th, 2019

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A Positive Progress Report

October 1st, 2019

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Back to Success

September 1st, 2019

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I must always work harder than others.

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.