Kesha DeJarnett

District Support Consultant

Throughout her professional career, Kesha has always held a strong dedication to providing high-quality programs that ensure students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to select and follow their chosen path.

Before joining the Holdsworth Center, Kesha led talent development at the Tennessee Department of Education. In this role she oversaw licensure, the model for educator and administrator professional development, strategies for recruitment and retention, and the approach to coaching for career and technical education (CTE) statewide. She led a team of eight regional consultants and targeted support to approximately 125 districts in the state.

Prior to that, she worked with The New Teacher Project in various roles focused on growing the key skills, knowledge and mindsets of new teachers working towards their teacher certification. This included developing and facilitating content, coaching teaching fellows toward mastery of lesson planning, lesson delivery and classroom management as well as managing a team of teacher development coaches to facilitate staff training sessions and conduct formal observations and evaluations of fellows.

Kesha has also worked as an instructional coach observing, providing feedback to and supporting middle school teachers. She started her career as an 8th grade English teacher in Tennessee.

Kesha holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Auburn University and a master’s degree in teaching from Belmont University.