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