From press reports
Bill Haslam, the governor of Tennessee, has recently named 116 people to 39 boards and commissions in his latest round of appointments. Dr. Karen Ball, a native of Louisville and graduate of Louisville High School, has been appointed to the Advisory Council for Alternative Education.
Dr. Ball currently serves as a District Official for Shelby County Schools in Memphis, TN. She also works as an adjunct professor at Concordia University-Portland. For the past 8 years, Dr. Ball has worked closely with alternative education, advocating for state and district level support and resources to meet the needs of students who require alternate learning environments to be successful. “In the thorough, aggressive search for candidates, Dr. Ball’s characteristics and professional qualifications were exceptional among the number of nominees who expressed interest,” Governor Haslam stated.
As a member of the Advisory Council for Alternative Education, Dr. Ball will continue her efforts to improve alternative education and work closely with others appointed to the council to find ways to help districts throughout Tennessee structure alternative education programs for effective teaching and learning.
“While I appreciate the appointment, I am more excited about the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children across the state of Tennessee and to ensure access to peak learning experiences for those who require just a little something different,” stated Dr. Ball.
Dr. Ball is the daughter of daughter of Mary Helen Knowles-Ball and the late James Lee Ball.