Barbara Lashley, Ed.D

Chief Of Literacy

Barbara Patrick-Lashley, Ed.D., began her tenure as a dedicated educator in Montgomery, Alabama. She has 30+ years of productive experience in education, with a latter focus on leadership development. As Director of Elementary Literacy, Dr. Patrick- Lashley led the literacy initiative for 74 Metro Nashville Public Schools, resulting in literacy scores outpacing the state for the first time. MAP reading data results (2017-2019) out-paced national average in grades 3-8(with exception of grade 5). As the first minority Director of Literacy for Metro Nashville Public Schools, Dr. Lashley established a cadre of Central Office Lead Literacy Coaches, of which she hired, trained, and developed an accountability system to support the district’s 74 elementary schools in coaching for implementation of Tier I literacy instruction.


After graduating from Alabama State University with honors, she immediately began working in Early Childhood Education in Montgomery Public Schools, Montgomery, AL. She served as a literacy teacher for 10 years before becoming a reading facilitator for Success for All Foundation, based out of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Maryland, at her local school site. During this time, she received her Master’s in Guidance & Counseling, after which she served as a counselor for four years in Montgomery Public Schools. Dr. Patrick-Lashley served 5 years as Senior Trainer, Success for All Foundation, training administrators and teachers in literacy nation-wide, to include the villages of Stebbins, Alaska for grades K-12. After a productive tenure with Success for All, Dr. Patrick- Lashley began working with Project GRAD Atlanta as Director of Reading, serving Atlanta Public Schools, leading the implementation of reading reform and leadership for 26 schools. In an effort to serve Atlanta Public Schools, internally, she returned as district Comprehensive School Reform Coordinator, leading 14 school reform initiatives. She was awarded the Visionary of the Year Award and certification from the Gurian Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado for single gender trainer.


As a participant of the Harvard Business School- Public Education Leadership Project (PELP), 2017, Dr. Patrick-Lashley received certification for completion of course work within the Harvard Leadership Institute, aimed at identifying and developing a strategic plan for district problem of practice in literacy.


Dr. Patrick-Lashley has served as principal, focusing on instructional leadership. Her pursuit of passion for leadership led to obtaining her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership.