#MNPSVoices: Dr. Glenn Falls, 57 Years of Educating in MNPS
After 57 years of coaching in Metro Nashville Public Schools, Dr. Glenn Falls has no plans to slow down. He began his championship-winning career at Burton Middle School in 1961, where he taught science, physical education and coached every sport offered there including track, softball, football and even girls and boys basketball. After serving on all tier levels throughout the district, he officially retired from Glencliff High School in 2004, however, was re-hired the same day on a part-time basis doing what he has loved to do for more than a century – teaching and coaching. He still serves as head coach of the girls volleyball team.
In 2014, he joined the MNPS Central Office as Coordinator for Health, Wellness, Physical Education and JROTC to assist the district in implementing new professional development curriculum options for teachers, such as golf and archery.
“It was very much like having a team to work with, so I joined,” said Falls, who also supports initiatives around health and blood pressure screenings for students as well as Titan Tuesday and Walk to School Day.
Falls graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Tennessee in 1960 and 1961. He continued his education in 1977 obtaining an Education Specialist degree from Tennessee State University. In 1983, he became one of the first two students to graduate with a doctoral degree in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University.
Coach Falls, as he’s affectionately known around the city of Nashville, is a coaching legend. He has been named “Coach of the Year” in basketball, volleyball and tennis, and has won more than 45 district and regional championships in middle and high school sports. Because of his longevity in the education field, and the generations of families he’s touched within MNPS, he has been the topic of several published articles. When asked what it feels like to have coached both parents and their children, and now even some grandchildren, he said, “These kids are like my children; I just don’t take them home with me,” adding he has tracked all of his student athletes who have gone on to college or professional sporting careers and speaks to some of them at least once a week.
Falls is as passionate about teaching in the classroom as he is about coaching. He believes it is important for teachers to be good coaches inside the classroom, especially for up-and-coming teachers.
“Several teachers and administrators completed their student teaching under me,” he said. “[I believe] Having a great supervising teacher is important to producing a great teacher.”
Falls recently turned 79 years old, and while one may wonder if he has plans to ever fully retire, he says his motivation to keep coaching and serving MNPS students is what continues to drive him.
“I’m prepared [to retire], but I’m not looking to retire as long as I’m needed,” he said. “On the days I’m not working, I’d rather be here. I enjoy working with people and especially the kids.”
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