As much as he loved that process of education, he was equally frustrated by it. ‘It’ was the lack of high-quality education for all students, the idea that stale and stagnant tenure beat out real-time achievement, the politics and lip-service.
Where some would just throw up their hands, Schermbeck found the frustration inspiring.
After three years with TFA, Schermbeck felt inspired to try new things in education. He left Charlotte to support the team opening Nashville Prep Charter School in a low-income community in North Nashville.
“Opening a school from scratch in an under-resourced community or in a new community was really exciting to me,” he shared recently from Hygge’s Third Ward. The school opened with 100 5th graders. Today, Nashville Prep is a 5 to 12 high-performing, charter school. As they grow, they add 100 students and a grade level each year.
Following his M.Ed from Vanderbilt University, Schermbeck returned to Charlotte. He launched a firm that lives and breathes that which makes him tick – teaching, service, and innovation.