Founder & Executive Director


Sam Singer is a ten-year veteran educator in Metro Nashville Public Schools, where she worked as a high school English Language Arts and English Language Learner teacher and currently supports educators as a Literacy and Instructional Coach.  Sam also leads professional development around effective English Language Arts instruction, Project Based Learning, supporting English Language Learners, and more at the local, district, and state level.  After beginning the first Seal of Biliteracy program in Tennessee in 2015, she worked and advocated for a statewide Seal of Biliteracy award program before beginning the Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy as a nonprofit in 2018, to better support schools and districts as they begin award programs.  

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Board Chair


Lindsey Mattingly is a Manager of Resident Development for Nashville Teacher Residency where she trains and supports Residents and Mentor Teachers in several partner schools across Nashville. Lindsey is a founding board member of the Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy, and oversees board development and strategy. Lindsey has taught middle grades English Language Arts in Nashville, and served as a Training and Instructional Manager in Nashville with TNTP, formerly The New Teacher Project. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature from Western Kentucky University and a Masters of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University.




Lynne Robinson is in her twenty-first year teaching immigrant students, currently at a Metro Nashville high school where students come from more than 50 different countries with knowledge of over 40 distinct languages. She has also taught middle school Spanish and English to adults in the US, Spain, Mexico, and China. In addition to work experience, Lynne has volunteered both in the US and abroad to assure individuals have access to education and health care. She is a trained as a court interpreter with active membership in TAPIT, Tennessee Area Professional Interpreters and Translators. Lynne maintains membership in TNTESOL and Sister Cities of Nashville.

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Board Member


Bio coming soon


Board Member


Jesse has been teaching and learning with students in Nashville since 2006 in a variety of settings as a teacher, instructional coach, and, currently, as a program administrator for Nashville Teacher Residency.  He began his career in education as a Spanish teacher and fell in love with Nashville's Latinx community through volunteer work with the YMCA and several MNPS schools.  Jesse holds graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University.