Bobbie Solley Center of Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Bobbie Solley, former director of education development for Healing Hands International and a retired professor from Middle Tennessee State University, has worked in collaboration with the College of Education to establish the Bobbie Solley Center for Excellence in Teaching at Freed-Hardeman University. 

Utilizing the mantra, “Reaching Students, Empowering Teachers, Transforming Instruction”, the center’s mission is to develop teacher and school leaders committed to making a positive impact on student learning and fostering high student academic achievement for diverse student populations. 

Professional development activities are always free of charge for attendees and will use a variety of innovative methods, including coaching, mentoring, seminars, workshops, diversity sensitivity training and many others.  Building on partnerships already established with Chester County Schools, Columbia Academy and Middle Tennessee Christian School, the center seeks to develop additional partnerships throughout West Tennessee and eventually in other regions of the state and beyond.

Please click below to see professional development opportunities available for the spring semester. 



Summer 2021 Sessions

All sessions are FREE, ONE-HOUR and VIRTUAL


BATTLING BURNOUT by Becoming Better

Presented by Dr. Aarek Farmer

Academic Director-Bucy Center; FHU 

Director of Ed.D. Program; FHU


Literacy Skills for Mathematical Proficiency

Presented by Mrs. Melanie Peel

District Math Coach for Chester County Schools

Henderson, Tennessee 


Backward Design

Presented by Mrs. Sarah Hibbett

Director, Bobbie Solley Center for Excellence in Teaching

Freed-Hardeman University


Effective Questioning

Presented by Dr. Alesha Northcutt 

Freed-Hardeman University 


Teaching Number Sense Through Play and Art 

Presented by Sarah Mercer

Assistant Principal, A.L. Lotts Elementary, Knoxville, TN

Sarah Mercer

Understanding, Supporting, and Leveraging STEM Identity in K-12 Classrooms

Presented by Dr. Katie Wade-Jaimes and Dr. Rachel Askew


Dr. Katie Wade-Jaimes, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas;

Dr. Rachel Askew, Postdoctoral Researcher, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Rachel Askew and Dr. Katie Wade-Jaimes