Dr. Nina MorelDr. Nina Morel, Director of Masters ProgramAssociate Professor of Education

Contact Info:

Email: nina.morel@lipscomb.edu

Office Location: Ezell 310

Faculty Phone:  615.966.1337

Faculty Fax: 615.966.7628

Teaching Information:

Title: Director of M.Ed. Programs (ELL, Teaching, Learning, Leading, Reading, Instructional Tech, Collaborative Professional Learning)

Courses:  Urban Education and Diversity (EG 7123); Culture, Community and Collaboration in EL Classroom (EGEL 5053); Collaborative Professional Learning (EG 5033); Addressing Learning Differences (EG 5043)

Start Date at Lipscomb: January 2011


  • B.A. History/Communication  (Lipscomb University)
  • M.Ed. Administration and Supervision (Tennessee State University)
  • Ed.D. Administration and Supervision (Tennessee State University)

Area of Expertise:

  • Coaching
  • ELL
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration

Primary Research Interest:

  • Instructional Coaching
  • Collaborative Professional Learning
  • Family Engagement
  • Cultural Collaboration

Grants and Contracts Awarded:

  • 2012 STEM GRANT Race to the Top
  • 2011-12 and 2012-13 MNPS ELL Partnership

Awards and Honors:

  •  2005 Milken Family Foundation Teacher of the Year
  • Tennessee Upper Cumberland Region Teacher of the Year, 2005
  • Sumner County Teacher of the Year, 2003-04
  • Hendersonville High School Teacher of the Year, 2003-04
  • Shafer Middle School Outstanding Teacher, 2001
  • Outstanding Graduate Research Award, Center for Excellence, Tennessee State University, 1996.
  • Valedictorian, Lipscomb University, June 1984

Professional Affiliations:

  • ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
  • Learning Forward
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Delta Kappa Gamma

Publications and Presentations:

  •  How to Build an Instructional Coaching Program for Maximum Capacity, (with Carla Cushman), 2012, Corwin Press.
  • “Teaching: A Collegial Career,” City Educator, May 2011
  • Sept. 2010: Tennessee LEAD Conference (Nashville, TN). “Increasing Student Achievement through Instructional Coaching”
  • Jan 21, 2011: Performance Learning Systems Professional Educator's Conference (Murfreesboro, TN): “Teachers, Coaches and Administrators Stimulating Student Achievement”
  • March 11, 2011: Tennessee TESOL Conference (Murfreesboro, TN): “A Family Tree: Supporting EL Instruction through Family Involvement”
  • March 11, 2011: Tennessee TESOL Conference (Murfreesboro, TN): “Instructional Coaches and ELL Instruction: Partnering to Meet the Needs of the ELL Student in the Regular Classroom”
  • July 18, 2011: National Staff Development Council (Learning Forward) Summer Conference (Indianapolis, IN): “Dead Reckoning: Launching an Instructional Coaching Initiative”\
  • September 20, 2011: LEAD Conference (Nashville, TN) Two sessions:  Session #  T61,  “Maximum Capacity:  Preparing your Faculty for a Culture of Coaching”  and  Session #  T40,  “Teachers as Leaders of School Improvement:  Funneling the Efforts of Instructional Coaches”
  • October, 2011: University of Kansas, Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Conference Pre-Conference Workshop: “Building an Instructional Coaching Program in Your School or District”
  • December 6, 2011: National Staff Development Council (Learning Forward)  Annual Conference (Anaheim, CA): “Dead Reckoning: Launching an Instructional Coaching Initiative”
  • March 17, 2012: Tennessee TESOL Conference (Nashville, TN). “How to Build an EL Family Engagement Program for Maximum Capacity”
  • June 19, 2012: Forum for Innovative Leadership (Memphis, TN). “Developing and Defining the Principal and Coach Relationship: Building Bridges to Greater Collaboration.”
  • September 28, 2012: Southeast TESOL (Knoxville, TN). “Listening to EL Families: Building Bridges for Student Learning.
  • October 12, 2012: LEAD Conference (Nashville, TN). “Developing and Defining the Principal and Coach Relationship.” (3 hour workshop)
  • December 3, 2012: Learning Forward Annual Conference (Boston, MA). “The Six Imperative Qualities of Coaches.”

Previous Experience:

  • Sumner County Schools, ELL and Title 3 Director
  • Sumner County Schools, Instructional Coaching Facilitator
  • Sumner County Schools, Pre-K Coordinator
  • Sumner County Schools, Curriculum Materials Supervisor
  • Sumner County Schools, English, History and Social Studies Teacher (7-12)
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Assistant Professor
  • Tennessee State University, Instructor (Developmental Studies)
  • Tennessee State Employees Association, Communication Coordinator, Acting Executive Director
  • Lipscomb College, Career Office Director