Amy Frogge, an attorney and grant writer, is an active parent of two children in our public schools – a son at Gower Elementary School, where Amy previously served as PTO president, and a daughter at H.G. Hill Middle Prep. Amy has served on the Metro Nashville Board of Public Education since her election in 2012 representing the greater Bellevue area, Sylvan Park, Charlotte Park, West Meade, and Hillwood.
At a Glance
- Represents greater Bellevue, Sylvan Park, Charlotte Park, West Meade, & Hillwood
- Parent of two public school students
- Attorney, grant writer, former PTO president
- Bachelor’s degree (cum laude), Southern Methodist
- Law degree, University of Tennessee (Law Review)
- Named “Hero of Public Education,” received various awards
- Board of Directors, Alignment Nashville; Board of Directors, BELL Garden
Through her experience as a public school parent and her work in our local schools, Frogge developed a strong grassroots understanding of public school needs, which she now brings to her work as a school board member. An enthusiastic supporter of neighborhood schools, Amy believes the key to educational success is engaging parents and the community at large in our schools.
As PTO President, Frogge streamlined the organization; helped build parent, staff and community involvement; and improved the school’s visibility in the community. She also developed numerous partnerships with local businesses and other organizations to bring innovative programs to the school, such as an animal welfare program, a recycling program, a butterfly garden, two rain gardens, and a teaching/community garden. She now works to expand those efforts district-wide.
As a school board member, Frogge has been an outspoken proponent of whole child education, early childhood intervention, and increased exposure to physical activity and the arts. She believes all children deserve a rich curriculum and creative opportunities that excite them about learning and create positive associations with school, while also improving student achievement.
Amy has also pushed for developmentally appropriate education, such as unstructured and creative play for young children, and worked to ensure that children’s basic needs are met so that they are ready to learn. At the same time, she has vehemently opposed excessive standardized testing; attacks on our teachers’ effectiveness; and educationally and fiscally dangerous tactics pushed by out‐of‐state special interest groups.
During her tenure on the school board, Frogge has succeeded in guaranteeing at least twenty minutes of daily recess for all students in pre‐K through sixth grade, and she has worked with other board members and administrative leaders to decrease standardized testing. She has also helped ensure that every middle school child receives instruction in foreign language, supported expansion of MNPS’s model pre‐K program, and continues to advocate for adequate and equitable school funding.
Frogge has been named a “Hero of Public Education” by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, “Best Public School Defender” by the Nashville Scene, and “School Board Member of the Year” by the national blog Schools Matter. She also received the Distinguished Service to Our Community honor from Delta Kappa Gamma, a teacher organization, and the Robert Chandler Ambassador Award from the Nashville Adult Literacy Council.
Amy graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 1991 and earned a law degree from University of Tennessee College of Law in 1998, where she served on the Tennessee Law Review. She has worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for two judges on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, as a Staff Attorney for the Administrative Office of the Courts, and as a grant writer for Room in the Inn’s Campus for Human Development. Amy and her husband, Patrick, a Nashville native, live in the Riverwalk on the Harpeth community in Bellevue with their two children, Anna (11) and Jack (9), and a motley assortment of rescue pets.