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 Michael G. Sheppard



Associate Director

 (615) 778-0803

Michael Gibbs Sheppard was born in 1952 at the US Army Hospital in Camp Chaffee Arkansas.  His older brother and sister were born in Yokohama, Japan.  The son of a decorated World War II, Korea, and Vietnam veteran, Michael lived overseas for many years and went to numerous schools as the youngest member of a constantly relocating military family.


He attended Morehead State University  as an ROTC cadet, serving as an officer in Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and moving on to Salmon P. Chase Law School where he earned Honors in Criminal Trial Practice and Deans List designation.


Mr. Sheppard has been an insurance executive and General Counsel, serving large carriers in London and throughout the USA, as well as representing the industry in Washington, DC as a government affairs liaison.  He has earned national recognition for his legal service to Veterans, appearing on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and Good Morning America.


He has served as a Deacon in his Church, President of his Homeowner’s Association, President of Civitan, as well as Baseball Commissioner and Coach.


Mr. Sheppard is currently Associate Director of Professional Educators of Tennessee and passionately dedicated to the empathetic, knowledgeable advocacy of its members and the teaching profession.   He now serves as President of the Polk Foundation, a non-profit organization created to provide innovative and practical solutions for educators as well as legal support.


He has written numerous articles on the teaching profession, including one in which he studies the similarities between military post traumatic stress disorder and the stress experienced by dedicated teachers.


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