Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of The Educators’ Cooperative works to ensure that we have the right tools and resources to support our work on behalf of teachers in all sectors.

Ryan Balch, Program Director, Education Policy, Peabody Vanderbilt

Ryan Balch is a senior lecturer in the Education Policy department at Vanderbilt University and also coaches science teachers in MNPS through the Teaching and Learning department. He completed his Ph.D. in Education Policy at Vanderbilt, where his dissertation focused on the development and validation of student surveys on teacher practice. Following graduation, Ryan was the director of teacher and principal evaluation for Baltimore City Schools. During this time, he oversaw the creation and implementation of the district’s new systems of evaluation. Before starting full time at Vanderbilt, he started a company called My Student Survey (now known as Resonant Education) that implemented classroom and school surveys across the country.  Previously, Ryan worked as a science teacher and administrator for seven years at Riverwood High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University and a M.A. in Science Education from Georgia State University.

Ricki Gibbs II, Principal of Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School

Ricki Gibbs II, serves as the principal of Warner Arts Magnet Elementary located in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. He completed his Ed.D. at Lipscomb University in Organization Leadership and Strategic Change. Before serving as principal at Warner, Dr. Gibbs served as principal of Glengarry Elementary, was an Assistant Principal for five years, and taught 3rd grade at Paragon Mills Elementary for four years. He has a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University. 

Chakita Patterson, United Street Tours.

Chakita Patterson, MSW, is a game-changing leader in diversity and inclusion. She is the founder of a tour company called United Street Tours. United Street Tours offers black history tours that drive organizational cultures toward more diverse, inclusive, and high-performing transformation.

Chakita received her Master in Social Work from Radford University. Her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. She currently serves as a Board of Director of Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management (MT|SHRM) and The Educators’ Cooperative. She is also an Advisory Board Member for Walk Bike Nashville and a member of KIPP Nashville’s Emerging Leaders Group (ELK).

We are seeking members of the community who are passionate about education in Nashville to join us in our work. Please contact us with any questions or for more information if you are interested.