"Stride connects you with other teachers in our community and provides a safe and fun place to decompress, process and commune. I have thoroughly enjoyed every event I have been to."
"The individuals at [New Memphis] are diligent and in touch with the community that they are serving and are actively looking for ways to better serve that community."
"Stride has expanded my social and professional circle in Memphis. It not only provides fun social events that make me take time for myself but also develops me as a teacher."
"I feel fed in my belly, brain and heart when I leave."
"Definitely would say the insight from peers and New Memphis helped expand my horizon as a first year teacher."
"I felt successful because what was presented was relevant to what I want to grow in professionally."
-Angela Brown, on "Lap 1: The Golden Circle"
"The Stride programming is effective and thoughtful. I'm so happy I joined!"
"Through Stride, I truly learned more research about toxic stress, trauma awareness, and strategies for labeling my triggers. I feel like I'm able to use this right away and it doesn't take much planning - just organizing my thoughts."
-Jayme Soule, on "Lap 4: The Healthy Teacher"
"I would describe my experience as exceeding expectations. The planned sessions were high-quality, extremely organized, and well-paced, as well as interesting. The other participants were interesting and outgoing."
"Stride has given me more than just professional development, it has helped me build a community and learn so much more about myself."
"Stride helps me become a better me not just the me that is an educator."
"I would describe my experience as refreshing. The program and the activities have afforded me the opportunity to get to know different individuals in the teaching profession and enhance my professional and social circles."
"Stride is an amazing program full of networking opportunities and a wealth of information designed to make you a well-rounded effective educator in your professional and personal life."
"Stride has been a wonderful opportunity for me to invest in myself! I had no idea how much fun it would be, how therapeutic, and how exciting to connect with other teachers throughout the city that aren't in my immediate social network."
"I looked forward to every session! I loved having time to slow down in the middle of my busy week to reflect and talk to fellow teachers. There is power in walking through life with people who have similar struggles and can tell you what works for them."
"I was immediately and pleasantly surprised at how genuine this community has been. It’s truly a joy to show up to events and meet new people who understand what it’s like to be a new teacher in Memphis, but are also eager to be here and make a difference."
"[Stride] gives me a safe space to talk about the issues I face as a teacher. Along with that I have met some really amazing people and learned things that will not only help me in the classroom but life in general."
"I left feeling prepared to have difficult conversations. I used to let my emotions lead the way, and now I have a solid plan for more effective communication."
-Faith Ambrose, on "Lap 3: The Beloved Community"