Introducing Dr. Danielle Mezera, New State Director for Tennessee

We would like to introduce a new State Director for Tennessee, Dr. Danielle Mezera. In January 2012, Danielle assumed the position of Assistant Commissioner for Career and Technical Education for the Tennessee Department of Education. As Assistant Commissioner, she serves as the state director for CTE and directs the vision and curriculum of CTE throughout the state’s numerous school districts.
Prior to assuming this role, Danielle served as director of the Nashville & Davidson County Government’s Mayor’s Office of Children & Youth. In that role, she served as Mayor Dean’s chief education policy advisor and oversaw related matters pertaining to the health and well-being of Davidson County’s children (0-21 years of age).

Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Danielle served as Coordinator for Children & Youth Services for Metro Nashville’s Social Services. Before entering public service, Danielle was Director of the Vanderbilt University Community Outreach Partnership Center at the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies.

In addition to her professional work, Danielle has served as an adjunct professor with Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, as well as a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University. She has also presented nationally on education reform. Locally, Danielle serves on various boards related to education and community enhancement.

Danielle holds a B.A. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in higher education administration, and a Ph.D. in education and human development.

NASDCTEc wishes to offer a warm welcome to Dr. Mezera, who can be reached at

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

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