Allison Leslie to Lead Aspire Public Schools In Memphis

Allison Leslie to Lead Aspire Public Schools In Memphis

12-year veteran of Aspire tapped to enter the Memphis Market

In June 2012, the Achievement School District announced that Aspire Public Schools will manage select schools in the Memphis market beginning in August 2013. The person leading the effort to build the program is Allison Leslie, the executive director of Aspire Public Schools Memphis region. She will develop and manage the program in Tennessee. Leslie has been a part of the Aspire team for 12-years serving as lead teacher, principal, instructional coach and director.

“I selected Allison to lead our expansion to Memphis because we needed someone who could take the core components of our current successful model, and tailor it to the needs of the Memphis community,” said James Willcox, CEO of Aspire Public Schools. “Alli has the experience required to effectively build the Memphis program and ensure each of our students has access to a high quality public education that prepares them for college.”

As an Aspire principal, the school’s English Language Arts scores grew from 38% proficient and advance to 56% and Math grew from 67% to 80% under Leslie’s leadership.

She also started the Aspire Teacher Residency Program in 2008, where teachers are trained for a year in Aspire classrooms while earning a master’s degree and then teach in their own Aspire classrooms the following year. Leslie has also taught in Houston, Texas through Teach for America.

“I look forward to opening Aspire Public Schools in Memphis in August of next year,” said Leslie. “I am currently building a team of professionals to work with me to learn as much as we can about the needs of the families and children in Memphis. We will also spend the majority of our time this year building relationships and sharing with the community what makes Aspire unique.”
Leslie is a native of San Francisco. She graduated from the University of California San Diego with degrees in Spanish, Literature and Writing. She earned her teaching credential at the University of St. Thomas and her California teaching credential through Cal State Teach Program. Leslie completed her Masters in Administration and earned her California administration credential at University of California Berkeley as a fellow in the Principal Leadership Institute.

About Aspire Public Schools
Aspire Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that currently operates 34 high-performing, open-enrollment public charter schools serving 12,000 students in underserved communities across California and will open schools in Memphis, TN in fall, 2013. Aspire is one of the highest-performing public school systems in California, delivering a rigorous ‘College for Certain’ education to students in grades K-12. An unrelenting focus on college preparedness led to 100 percent of graduating Aspire seniors being accepted to four year colleges or universities in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Aspire offers a high-quality education in six cities throughout California: Los Angeles, Oakland, Stockton, Sacramento, Modesto and East Palo Alto. Visit Aspire Public Schools at

Saint Francis Sleep Center Receives 5-Year Re-accreditation

The Saint Francis Sleep Center has received a 5-year re-accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).  The Sleep Center is located on the 7th floor of the Barry wing of Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis.  This AASM re-accreditation recognizes Saint Francis as continuing to provide high quality care for patients with sleep issues.  “We are proud to announce the re-accreditation of our Sleep Center,” said David Archer, CEO and President. “Everyone in our Sleep Center works hard to provide the best care possible.  They are dedicated to making each patient’s experience exceptional in every way.”

The AASM is committed to ensuring that those in the field of sleep medicine provide excellent healthcare and enhance the awareness of sleep as an important element for health, public safety, and quality of life.  “By successfully completing the accreditation process and upholding the Standards for Accreditation,” said Nancy Collop, MD, president, AASM, “Saint Francis has shown that they share our dedication to the advancement of the field of sleep medicine.”

For more information about the Sleep Center, call (901) 765-2751 or visit

About Saint Francis Hospital

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is a beautiful 519-bed full service hospital located at 5959 Park Avenue in Memphis, Tenn.  The hospital has been recognized for excellence of care by: United Healthcare, CIGNA Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and the American Society of Bariatric Surgery.  The hospital provides a broad-spectrum of quality medical services, including an Ambulatory Surgery Center, Behavioral Health Services, Sleep Center, TotalCare Outpatient Imaging Center, and Women’s Center.


In addition, the hospital serves as an academic training site for University of Tennessee Surgical, Family Practice, and Psychiatric Residents.  The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Saint Francis Hospital, visit



Voter Empowerment Begins with Awareness about Positions on August 2nd Ballot

The Memphis Branch NAACP will host a Candidates Forum on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Mt. Olive CME Cathedral on 538 Linden at Lauderdale at 4:00 p.m. Candidates will make a brief presentation and be available for questions from the audience.

This meeting is open to NAACP members and all interested citizens. “It is important that we are informed about the candidates who have presented themselves for service,” says Dr. Warner Dickerson, President of the Memphis Branch NAACP. “Our goal is to provide voter empowerment through voter registration, voter education, get-out-the-vote activities and election monitoring. This is just one of the events that we are hosting to achieve our objectives.”

The NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates. All citizens are encouraged to attend.

Early voting begins July 13-28, 2012 and Election Day is August 2, 2012. Positions on the August 2nd Ballot are as followed: Assessor of Property, County Commission – District 1, Position 3, District Attorney General, General Sessions Court Clerk, Shelby County Board of Education – District 1 through District 7, State Senate- District 30 and District 32, State Representative- District 83 through District 99, U.S. Congress – District 9.

For more information please contact the Memphis Branch NAACP at 901-521-1343 or visit the official website