Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students



Leaders are teachers and education support professionals who work in schools every day. They represent the interests of the members who elect them. They also represent the interests of the children we teach. At least one Association Representative is elected by members in every school in Tennessee. Members also elect local, state and national officers, as well as delegates to both the TEA and NEA Representative Assemblies. These delegates are charged with setting association policies, annual budgets, action priorities and electing state and national officers. Would you like to make a difference in your local Association? Contact TEA President Beth Brown to find out how.

TEA President Beth Brown
Beth Brown is an English teacher at Grundy County High School. She has been in the education profession and serving Grundy County Schools since 2001. Brown has been an active member of the Grundy County, Tennessee and National Education associations throughout her career. As TEA president, she has led the association’s advocacy efforts to eliminate high-stakes standardized tests and increase funding for public education. Brown has also prioritized racial and social justice issues throughout her tenure as TEA president. She also serves as the Southeast Regional Vice President on the Board of Directors for the National Council of State Education Associations and on the Professional Standards and Practice Committee for NEA.

Prior to being elected TEA President, Brown served her local association in a variety of leadership positions, including president, chief negotiator, grievance chairperson, membership chairperson, and collaborative conferencing chairperson. At the state level, she has served on various committees, including the Executive, Budget, and Educator Advocacy Committees, as well as the IPD Commission and the Dues Task Force. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Middle Tennessee State University and earned a master’s degree in Education Leadership from Carson Newman University.

TEA Vice President Tanya T. Coats
She has been a member since 1994 while in college as a student member.  A 21 year professional educator with the Knox County and Maryville City School Systems.  Currently, she serves as the President of the Knox County Education Association (KCEA) & an Instructional Facilitator on leave from Farragut Intermediate; She previously taught at Sam Houston ES, Maryville, TN, Lonsdale ES, Green Magnet ES, Bearden ES, Vine MS, Austin East HS all of Knoxville;  She is the most Senior Tennessee Director of the National Education Association (NEA). 



TEA Executive Director Terrance J. Gibson
Terrance J. Gibson, a Memphis native, has worked for TEA for more than 20 years supporting thousands of teachers, school administrators, education support professionals, and students. Prior to being named executive director, he worked at all levels of the association from a student campus president, to coordinating instructional and professional development models, to more recently serving as Assistant Executive Director. Prior to his work with the association, Gibson was a classroom teacher in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

In addition to his work in public education, Gibson has worked with non-profit organizations such as 100 Black Men, and holds professional memberships in Phi Delta Kappa, National Staff Association for the Improvement of Instruction (NSAII), ASCD, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), The Legacy Education Foundation (501c3) and the National Education Association. He also belongs to Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, and is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.