Gracie Porter has served elementary education in Nashville as classroom teacher, principal, and elected member and Chair of the Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County School Board. A graduate of Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina, later a Masters in Library Science, she has taught as Adjunct Professor with both MTSU and Belmont. Her community involvement includes Leadership Nashville, 100 Black Women, East Nashville Hope Exchange, Nashville Beautification Environment Commission, and Madison Kiwanis Club. She co-authored The First Guided Reading Series – Visions: African American Experiences. Currently she is enrolled in the Doctoral Program at Tennessee State University in Administration Education, which will be completed in 2016.