MNEA endorses Christiane Buggs for school board


June 21, 2016

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Metropolitan Nashville Education Association endorses Christiane Buggs for School Board District 5


NASHVILLE (June 21, 2016)–The Metropolitan Nashville Education Association has announced the endorsement of Christiane Buggs as their candidate of choice to be the next school board member to represent District 5. The official announcement was made on May 25 at a campaign fundraiser at Gruhn Guitars, located in the 8th and Wedgewood neighborhood in which several educators, parents and local residents were in attendance.

“Christiane was the most impressive school board interview we have ever had,” said MNEA President Dr. Erick Huth.  “She was spot-on on all of our issues. She understands the district very well. She understands the day-to-day challenges that teachers face. She’s going to be a great addition to the school board.”

Buggs, a Nashville native and graduate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School, taught in Metro Nashville Public Schools for six years, having started her teaching career at Smithson Craighead Academy, a charter school in North Nashville, and at Neely’s Bend Middle School, a traditional zoned public school in Madison.

Early voting begins July 15 and runs through July 30. Election Day is Aug. 4. Learn more about Christiane Buggs and her campaign at

About the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association

The Metropolitan Nashville Education Association (MNEA) is the largest teacher organization in Nashville and Davidson County and was founded on April 15, 1964 upon the consolidation of Nashville City Schools and Davidson County Public Schools. MNEA replaced the Education Council, a consortium formed in 1959 by the Nashville City Teachers Association, the Nashville Teachers Association, the Davidson County Education Association, and the Davidson County Education Congress. However, MNEA’s history of working for teachers and students in Nashville dates back to 1895. Learn more about MNEA at

About Christiane Buggs

Christiane Buggs is a Nashville native, graduate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School and certified teacher. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee State University and an additional Master of Education in Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools from Vanderbilt University. After serving in the classroom at Smithson Craighead Academy charter school and Neely’s Bend Middle School, Christiane continues to advocate for public education as a volunteer, tutor, coach and Assistant Director of Tennessee State University’s TRIO Programs, which provides tutorial services for MNPS students in Title I schools. She is the dance teacher at Lee Chapel AME Church, a member of the Urban League Young Professionals of Middle Tennessee, Board Member for the YMCA Black Achievers and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Learn more about Christiane Buggs at and connect with her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.