Vesia Wilson-Hawkins


My name is Vesia Wilson-Hawkins, and I created this blog as a place to share my thoughts and start a conversation with y’all about just what we’re gonna do about our public schools here in Nashville.

Because they aren’t good. And they could be a whole lot better.

I know, because I’m a former Metro Nashville Public Schools student, parent and staffer. I’m a staunch advocate for better public school options, particularly for our often-ignored Black community.

School Choice and Charter Schools

Look, I don’t care if a school is run through a charter or is managed by the district, as long as it is providing a good option for families who have been underserved for way too long.

And then there’s vouchers and that’s…well, complicated.


Since I spent much of my career seeing how the sausage gets made in the education sector, I try to keep a watchful eye on Tennessee’s efforts to provide equitable education and accountability to low-income kids and students of color, especially as the state complies with the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

School Board Politics (And Then Some…)

Love it or hate it (or both at the same time, which is how I usually feel), our Nashville school board holds a lot of power over whether our babies get the education they need and deserve.

I’ve been known to say my piece when I think some of these elected officials let politics and egos get in the way of what’s best for kids.

Let’s Talk!

Like what I say? Or hate what I say? I want to know. You can leave a comment right below any post on my blog.

Or come right out and find me on Twitter as @vesiawils and @VolumeLightBlog, or on the Volume & Light Facebook page.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, my name is Dr. Angela Dye and your name/site was given to me by Elizabeth Knox. I contacted Ms. Knox last week because I am looking to relocate to Nashville and believe she could help me to make some connections.

    As an African American committed to choice and equity, I have several questions about the Nashville scene and was hoping we could find some time to connect by phone.

    I do not want to leave my phone number on this public page; however, if you email me, I can send it to you.

    Hope all is well and I do look forward to connecting with you!!


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