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Welcome to Hanley School!
Hanley School is a PreK-8 school located in the heart of the Orange Mound Community.

Hanley Elementary School is a Title I school.


Grades: PreK-8


680 Hanley Street,
Memphis, TN 38114, United States


Phone: 901-567-7084
Fax: 901-416-5961









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Meet Our Team

Jennifer Isom


Jennifer Anderson-Isom

Mrs. Isom currently serves as the Principal of Hanley School under the charter organization, Journey Community Schools, previously Aspire Public Schools. Before joining Hanley, Jennifer was the Assistant Principal at Promise Academy- Hollywood. Prior to that she was the Principal at Klondike Preparatory Academy with Gestalt Community Schools. In 2013, Jennifer was the founding Principal of Pathways in Education-TN, which is an alternative school program in the Frayser and Whitehaven communities. Jennifer participated in the Ryan Fellowship with Accelerate Institute based out of Chicago and spent a month studying at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. From 2009-2013 Mrs. Isom was the Vice Principal for Collegiate School of Memphis. Jennifer was part of Collegiate’s founding faculty and staff, serving as the Middle School Coordinator and seventh grade English Instructor during the 2008-2009 school year - Collegiate’s inaugural year. In 2012 Jennifer served as the school facilitator for the accreditation process with AdvancED in which Collegiate was approved.

Prior to Collegiate, Jennifer spent 11 years educating young people in the Memphis City School system. She taught third grade for five years at Brownsville Road Optional School and developed a passion for teaching gifted children. After receiving her gifted certification, Jennifer became one of the elite CLUE (Creative Learning in a Unique Environment) teachers for the Department of Exceptional Children and taught gifted and talented students for six years.

Jennifer considers herself a life-long learner. Born and raised in Memphis, Jennifer grew up in the heart of Frayser. She is a product of Memphis City Schools and attended Grandview Heights Elementary (K-6) and graduated from Trezevant High School (7-12). Jennifer was offered scholarships from various universities but chose to attend the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga on a Dean’s Merit scholarship. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1997, she returned home to Memphis and began her career in educating our future. Jennifer decided to further her education and attended Union University and received two additional degrees. In 2001 she received a Master’s Degree in Education and in 2004 she received an Education Specialist’s Degree in Administration and Supervision.

Jennifer is a member of the following professional organizations: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Jennifer is an active member of First Baptist Church-Broad and is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has a very supportive husband and two children that she adores.

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April Sullivan

Assistant Principal of Instruction for Grades K-2

Welcomed into the world by a loving but financially disadvantaged family, April’s mother and grandmother strongly urged her to allow education to be the key out of economic disparity. Pushed academically from a very young age, she matriculated as a Hanley Elementary Tiger, Melrose High Golden Wildcat, and a degreed Tennessee State University Tiger. April went on to pursue a Masters of Education through the Memphis Teacher Residency program, by way of Union University.

As a lifelong learner, she plans to continue to develop professionally while serving the students and families in Memphis. April is a proud native of the Orange Mound community where she continues to worship and work. She enjoys working, learning, loving, and sharing her beacon of light with those who, once similar to her, face disadvantages.

April has served the Hanley family for the past 10 years in various capacities such as K-1 Educator, Intervention Specialist, Extended Learning After School Director, Assistant Principal of Student Services, and currently as the Assistant Principal of Instruction for K-2.

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Evangela Hill

Assistant Principal of Student Services

Evangela Hill truly loves being an educator. She is passionate about serving families in urban communities. Evangela is truly driven by providing supports needed in urban schools and communities. Aspire’s vision and mission inspires her daily.

Evangela began her college journey at Jackson State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders. She also attended the University of Memphis and is certified in Special Education. An educator for 18+ years, Evangela has served in various capacities in education which include: Speech Language Therapist, Special Education Teacher, and Assistant Principal. Evangela’s six years with Aspire have given purpose in her journey, and she looks forward to an amazing school year.

“I believe that EVERY CHILD IS A STAR and I am dedicated in helping them to SHINE BRIGHTLY.”

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Kimberly Parks

Development Coach of Instruction

A Native Memphian, Ms. Parks’ journey as an educator started 10 years ago with Memphis City Schools, now formerly known as Shelby County Schools. She is a graduate of Lane College where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Because of her life-long passion for education and commitment to changing the narrative for students in low-income communities, she pursued her Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Freed-Hardeman University.
In 2015, Ms. Parks joined the Aspire Hanley family, as a 5th grade teacher. At Hanley, she served as an educator, mentor teacher, and 3-5 Math instructional lead for four years. She also worked very closely with the regional team in the K-8 Math Working Group for Phase I and Phase II. In 2018, she was selected as Teacher of the Year. Currently, she is serving as the Development Coach of Instruction for Math and Science for 3rd-5th grades.
Ms. Parks stands firmly on the belief of creating and being the change we want to see in order to change the narrative for our students. She loves teaching and building meaningful relationships with all stakeholders. She is a strong advocate for creating life-long memories with students!
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Principal’s Message

Dear Families and Scholars,

On behalf of the Hanley School staff, welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. We are delighted to continue our partnership as we push your scholar to the next level of learning on his or her “Journey” towards excellence in education and social development. Our expectations are grounded in our core values of Excellence, Curiosity, Collaboration, Joy and Resilience. We believe that with your support, your child will continue to pave their pathway to success here at Hanley School. We are excited to accept the challenge of meeting numerous goals this school year in order to make Hanley School the best place to learn and grow for students, families, and staff members. Let’s work together to ensure the success of our scholars. 2021-2022 School Theme:

We Stand Strong, We Are Still Here, We Stand in Unity, We Are Hanley!

All for our Scholars,



Jennifer A. Isom, Ed.S.
Principal, Hanley School

Key Dates

First Day: August 9, 2021
Fall Break: October 11-15, 2021
Thanksgiving Break: November 22-26, 2021
Winter Break: December 21, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Spring Break: March 14-18, 2022
Last Day: May 27, 2022