Gabe Dobson joined the Academic Approach team in September 2015 as the Program Engagement Manager. In this role, he works with the Academic Approach School Programs team to provide ongoing support with our online systems. Gabe is also a member of the Academic Approach recruiting team, providing support in the targeting and recruiting of highly-qualified teachers and tutors.
Gabe earned his M.A in Teaching at Austin Peay State University as well as B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Gabe’s experience as a mental health case manager helped him better learn how to best help student learners while forging deep, long-lasting relationships with students in the Metro Nashville Public School System (MNPS). During his tenure, Gabe saw student growth of over 300% in science and history, earning him the high status of teacher effectiveness for each of his three years with the MNPS.
Why did you decide to work in the education industry?
“I wanted to work in the education industry because there is a lack of positive minority male role models for students, and I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to show students that it is not about where you come from but about the hard work you put in to excel academically. This belief has led me to co-found an organization that is built on bringing equality to education for all students regardless of their socioeconomic background.” -Gabe Nelson