Written by: Emerson Loundenback
When it comes to superpowers, Kaitlyn Jolley doesn’t have just one. She’s a middle school teacher, an advocate for health and wellness in the Nashville community, and she comes to the rescue in times of need, whether it’s helping the hungry, finding assistance for students who want better opportunities for their future, or, most recently, being on the frontlines for relief from the tornado that devastated the community on March 2nd of this year.
Drawing on her personal faith and natural talents, as well as her education and drive to create a better world, Kaitlyn never stops. She began her career as a teacher but saw that teachers in her district were overworked, as were administrators. So she found ways to implement initiatives that relieved them of difficulties that sometimes stood in the way of their duties. She helped alleviate hunger among students and created wellness programs by partnering with local volunteer organizations. This paved the way for a stronger student body who could work more passionately toward their goals. Kaitlyn created college preparation and tutoring services to assist students in achieving their goals.
During the tornado relief efforts, Kaitlyn implemented unique ways to organize and deliver supplies to those in need. Working with McGruder Family Resource Center, Gideon’s Army and Corner to Corner, Kaitlyn helped make a big difference in the lives of those who thought they might have lost everything.
As Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month, Kaitlyn says, “I always have had a passion for helping and serving people who have been in underserved areas and populations.” She continues to serve and better the lives of others, and this is what brings happiness to her own life.