Previously, Ackerman worked in education for almost 20 years,
serving first as a 5-12 teacher and administrator in urban and suburban
schools, and then as a founding member of Tennessee Charter School Incubator
As chief programs officer at the Tennessee Charter School
Center, Ackerman was the architect and director of charter school incubation
and human capital initiatives. These were ultimately responsible for the
creation of 18 new charter schools and management organizations in the neediest
areas of Memphis and Nashville. Currently, these schools are serving over 7,500
students across Tennessee, with several now replicating in other states.
Ackerman holds both an MA from Teachers College, Columbia
University and an M.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education.