Relay Memphis Dean Michelle Armstrong leads a group of graduate students during summer orientation.

Relay Memphis works to address the urgent need to grow the number of effective teachers in Memphis. By utilizing a unique approach to teacher preparation, Relay Memphis seeks to contribute to a strong community of K-12 educators who are ready to serve high-needs schools in Memphis.

Michelle Armstrong

As founding Dean of Relay Tennessee, Michelle Armstrong leads teacher preparation for the Memphis campus and provides oversight for the Nashville campus. Armstrong is a proud Memphian and product of the city’s metropolitan school district. She has served as both a teacher and principal at Middle College High School. Armstrong earned a B.A. in English from Emory University and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She has also completed work toward an Ed.D. at the University of Memphis and is a member of Memphis’ founding New Leaders cohort. Before joining Relay, Armstrong worked with Insight Education Group as a managing director and helped lead Shelby County Schools’ teacher effectiveness observation training.

Dean of Relay Memphis Michelle Armstrong
Relay Memphis Graduate students work at their desks
Teacher Programs

In partnership with public K-12 schools in Memphis, Relay Memphis will launch two programs in 2015. The Relay Teaching Residency provides a clear pathway to a career in teaching, beginning with a position in a partner school. The Relay M.A.T. program focuses on techniques that make the deepest impact in classrooms, and includes the opportunity for transitional licensure during the 2015-2016 school year. 

Relay Graduate School of Education is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by Relay, please visit and click on the “Authorized Institutions" button.

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Relay Memphis
477 S. Main St., 5th Floor
Memphis, TN 38103
United States
(901) 346-3346