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Dr. Nicole Cobb, director of school counseling, to share regional input with national organization


This school year Metro Nashville Public Schools will have an insider’s perspective of the College Board, the organization known for its work with Advanced Placement programs and SAT/National Merit Scholars. The national organization has appointed its new crop of College Board Counselor Ambassadors, and MNPS Director of School Counseling Dr. Nicole Cobb was on the very selective list.



“Serving as an Ambassador for College Board will serve Metro Schools as we continue to promote our advanced academic programs and offerings, particularly the National Merit Scholar Program,” said Cobb. “It is really a great honor to be named, but more importantly, it will give us great insight into what’s working in other districts and allow us to share concerns or difficulties directly with the team at College Board.”



Cobb was selected out of a pool of nominees based on herstrong leadership skills, her proven ability to communicate, excellent presentation skills, a firm belief that all students should be college and career ready, the high expectations she holds for all students, and her ability to share personal growth stories with others during her time as a school counselor.



As a College Board Counselor Ambassador, Cobb will serve as a resource to the national organization, sharing feedback on issues felt in the south. She will represent the College Board at various local, regional or national events, and she will support local College Fairs, including the MNPS College Fair that will be held Sept. 27, at LP Field. Cobb will also be trained to lead NOSCA (National Office for School Counselor Advocacy) professional development workshops to MNPS school counselors.



Cobb begins her stint as Ambassador immediately following a training session in October.



About College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools. For further information, visit www.collegeboard.org.

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Dr. Nicole Cobb will bring her educational counseling expertise to Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools as the new director of school counseling services. Cobb, the former director of the Center for School Climate at the Tennessee Department of Education, will take the place of Dr. Ann Cumbie.


"I am very excited to join the Metro Schools team,” said Cobb. "I believe Metro Schools is leading the state in innovative strategies that include promoting the value of school counselors as leaders in school reform, student achievement and college readiness.”


Cobb graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a bachelor’s of science degree in Elementary Education and a master’s of art and specialist degree in Educational Psychology. Cobb has earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Tennessee.


Prior to joining Metro Schools, Cobb taught language arts and worked as a school counselor for seven years in Putnam County School district and later worked at the Tennessee Department of Education. While director of the Center for School Climate, Cobb led the state initiative to include school climate as part of the overall reform agenda in 26 Tennessee school districts. Under her leadership, the Center reached 100,000 Tennessee youth and sought to improve school learning environments, student achievement, and postsecondary access and persistence rates.


Cobb has also partnered with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Office of P-16 Initiatives on numerous projects including CollegeforTN.org and the yearly School Counselor Institute. In addition, Cobb has experience working on policy, assessment, evaluation, and educational reform initiatives at the national level for Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ.


Cobb has served on several national and state committees including National Teacher Leader Standards, ACT policy council, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network and the Council of Children’s Mental Health.

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