Victor Evans serves as Executive Director of the Tennessee Campaign for Achievement Now (TennesseeCAN). He joined the team in 2015 and has successfully built and maintained relationships with communities throughout the state to implement quality education reform policies. In his role as executive director, he works to ensure that all Tennessee children have access to a world-class education. Victor previously worked as a clerk at the Tennessee State Capitol, taught in both public charter and private schools, and served politically as the engagement director for the Tennessee Republican Party. Victor holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Rhodes College and a master of education with a concentration in educational leadership from Christian Brothers University. In his spare time, Victor enjoys reading, exercising, and hunting.
I aspire to be like Frederick Douglass. Here’s why:
Frederick Douglass was a leader and lifelong learner. He always strived to make life better for those around him. He understood that an education was the key to freeing oneself and becoming a self-sustaining individual.
Why I love my job:
I cherish the opportunities to engage with people in communities throughout Tennessee and hear about their experiences in the current education system. Furthermore, I enjoy collaborating with these same individuals to come up with solutions in the education reform movement.
My connection to public schools:
I am a product of public schools with great teachers who were always supportive of me. I also have classroom experience as a teacher at a public charter school, where there was a lack of overall support for students and their growth and development.
With my experiences, as well as the combined expertise of my 50CAN colleagues, I am confident that the opportunities for quality education can be created for all children.
What I’m bad at:
I can have a difficult time remembering people’s names. I’m usually the first face people see when they hear about our organization in Tennessee, and my memory can sometimes present a challenge. However, I am very good with faces and can remember everything about you— including where I first met you.
The image that represents why I work at 50CAN:
There is no limit when it comes to educational opportunity. We may not always be able to see the finish line, as our perspective is sometimes clouded, but we must believe in the ultimate goal of giving every child access to a quality education.
Image source: Martin Fisch bit.ly/29eVBER (cc)