Alternative Education




On behalf of the Tennessee Alternative Education Association’s Board, we would like to thank each of you for your personal commitment and compassion for our students. During these uncertain times, please take a moment to reflect on the many students you have inspired, helped graduate and succeed in life.

Just as you are there for your students; we are here for you. Should you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to us.

Lee Farris



The Tennessee Alternative Education Association or TAEA is made up of people just like you!  Our association is comprised of teachers, school counselors, para-professionals, crisis workers, administrators, school resource officers, board members, and others who are interested in and committed to exemplary practice, resource sharing, research, and networking to benefit the students served in alternative and nontraditional education settings in Tennessee.

Please take a tour of our NEW and IMPROVED website to learn more about our association, membership, professional development opportunities, current research in the field, as well as public policy developments and advocacy efforts.  

Please do not hesitate to contact the TAEA if we can ever be of service to you or your organization.

Announcing the 2023 TAEA Summer Education Camp


Highlights of the 2016 TAEA Conference

“Alternative education programs in Tennessee provide students with a safe and engaging environment that encourages them to follow a productive path rather than giving up entirely."  - Pat Conner, Executive Director, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, 



The Tennessee Alternative Education Association or TAEA is membership-based organization dedicated to exemplary practice, professional development, knowledge sharing, public policy development, and advocacy aimed at advancing alternative and nontraditional education in Tennessee and beyond.