COMPASS Community Outreach Making Partnerships At Sumner Schools

​​COMPASS is an acronym for Community Outreach Making Partnerships at Sumner Schools. In July 2004, COMPASS began as a program of a large Nashville-based nonprofit, PENCIL Foundation, but gained enough local support and program perspective to become an independent organization on July 1, 2005. Our main objective is to form lasting, authentic partnerships between Sumner County Public Schools and businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals.

COMPASS Partners: 

 COMPASS Partners donate money, grant opportunities, coupons as incentives, new and used computers, a field trip opportunity, food backpacks, equipment, etc. Many are classroom readers, tutors, mentors, spelling bee judges and even hallway painters. COMPASS Partners donate time, expertise, money and/or materials to augment the curriculum and resources of their partner school.  The program improves quality of life in our community by increasing and strengthening school/community connections, providing volunteer opportunities and supporting teachers, families and students.


Past Presidents ​

Frank Freels, Jr. 

Steve Botts

Marty Cook

Bill Kemp

David Kimbrough

Mike Fussell

Bill Sinks

Lisa Crockett

Robert "Corky" Jennings

Paul R. Goode

Matt Lawson

​​Mentoring & Tutoring

COMPASS helps coordinate individuals to mentor or tutor our students with our school system.  We work with our principals and guidance counselors to identify those students that have needs that can be addressed by volunteers. This is a much needed service here in our county and everyone who tries it--loves it!  Students benefit from the one-on-one attention from a caring adult and the adults benefit even more from sharing their time and with  a youngster.  For more information on this program, please contact our office at 

Things We Do

​COMPASS sponsors the Teacher of the Year Annual Awards luncheon to honor each Sumner County school’s most outstanding teacher.  COMPASS sponsors the College 101 GPS event, the Indian Lake Loop 5K/5mile run every Thanksgiving morning, an Annual Partner Recognition Reception, and partners with the United Way for the annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive.  COMPASS partners with foundations and businesses to provide grant opportunities for teachers known as School Improvement Awards.  COMPASS promotes programs like Tennessee Scholars and Tennessee Promise. 

We work closely with the Board of Education to assure that our objectives are aligned with those of the school system. The program is to compliment and augment the system by involving the private sector.

Our History: 

Our Board of Directors 2016

President: Jay Ingrum

Vice-President: Johnny Garrett

Secretary: Taylor Walker


Assistant Treasurer: Lori Atchley

Executive Director: Debra Maggart

Jennifer Briley

Melissa French-Rhodes

Mike Fussell

Johnny Garrett

Paul R. Goode

Danny Hale

William Lamberth 

Scott Langford

Matt Lawson

Don Long

Larry Phillips

Sibyl Reagan

Dr. Bill Taylor

Len Silverman

Bill Sinks

Taylor Walker

Lance Wray

Jeff Yawn