Proudly created with

  • w-facebook
  • Twitter Clean

Call Us: 865-333-0645 -or- 408-806-9467  /  /  2184 N Ridge Drive, Jefferson City, TN 37760

 Our Staff 

Project Director: 

Denise J. Dean is passionate about and committed to the betterment of children. She uses her corporate experience and elementary school teacher training in service to creating a high-quality educational and developmental experience for your children.

Freedom School Literacy Curriculum Trainer: 

Evetty Satterfield has championed youth for over 10 years! She holds a Special Ed degree from Alabama A&M University and a Masters in Social Work from Washington Universtiy in St. Louis. She has served in various capacity with Children's Defense Fund Freedom School for a total of 8 years. She believes that the key to educating our scholars are educators who are able to love our kids unconditionally and remove any and every barrier for them to achieve success.

East Knoxville

Site Coordinator:

Matt Smith


Servant Leader Interns: 

Gabriella Chavarria

Sierra Cotham is excited to serve her second year as an SLI for Freedom School this summer. She is a senior pursuing her Elementary Education degree at Lee University and loves the many opportunities she has had to serve the children in the community.  

Libby Dayhuff is an

Neyasha Honorable is a rising Senior at East Tennessee State University, where I am studying Sports Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship. In my free time I enjoy reading, running and exploring new things. I have a passion for kids and I look forward to a great summer.

Jazmyne Page is an

Clinton Ricks 


Site Coordinator:

Monique Reed


Servant Leader Interns: 

James Baines

recently moved from Chicago, Illinois. Graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio Design and Production. in his free time, he enjoys making music. he plays the Tuba, Trombone, and the bass. in the future, his goals are to work in Post-Production for the Entertainment Industry.

Elexus Franklin is a native of Memphis, TN, graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in Africana Studies. Elexus is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and positive mental health. She hopes to obtain various experiences throughout life that guide her path and lead to her purpose while serving the Black community. 

Kaelynn Stewart

graduated from the University of Tennessee in May 2019 with their Bachelor's degree in Creative Activism with an Emphasis in Writing. With aspirations to become an author, Kaelynn's mission post-graduation is to represent the people of Appalachia with the compassion and nuance often absent from mainstream depictions of the region. In their free time, they enjoy writing poetry and cooking.

Blount County

Site Coordinator:

Caroline Tate 

Was born and raised in Alcoa, TN.  She is an Alumni of Alcoa City Schools and attended State Technical Institute of Knoxville and Pellissippi State Community College. Caroline has worked in the banking industry and now works in the Alcoa School City System working with student learning intervention teams as well as curriculum planning and classroom instruction.

Caroline has been married to Curtis D. Tate for the last 35 years and has two sons and one grandson. Caroline loves working with young people and enjoys watching them learn and being an instrument in bringing that learning about. 


Servant Leader Interns: 

Caleb Moore is a rising junior attending East Tennessee State University, where I am studying to be a K-5 Educator. My goal is to earn my degree and move into an urban area and teach young children. I love reading online articles on sports, music, and culture. I also love traveling and watching movies. 

Catherine Saravathan is a graduate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a B.A. in Psychology and in Cinema Studies.  She has done previous advocacy work with women’s reproductive health initiatives internationally and is excited to continue this passion for advocacy through CDF Freedom Schools.  Through serving this year as a Servant Leader Intern, she hopes to foster connections with and support this year’s scholars.


Olivia Wiley is a rising senior at the University of Tennessee. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child and Family Studies. After graduation, Olivia plans to earn a Masters degree in Social Work which she will then use to become a Marriage and Family therapist. She believes that education has the ability to improve almost all problem areas of society, therefore she is extremely passionate about working with the East TN Freedom Schools for the first time this summer. 



Research Team: Dr. Chonika Coleman-King, Dr. Susan Groenke, Kay Tate, MacKenzie ...., Erica ....