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Leadership and Support Team

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Bryan Hearn founded Bridges to Readiness in 2022 out of the same core belief that brought him into education as an English teacher in 2009--that all students deserve access to multiple pathways after they graduate high school. ​

Bryan leverages his prior experience and strong track record of results as a teacher, instructional coach, tutoring program leader, senior academic leader, and consultant to help leaders build programs that help students meet the demands of college- and career-ready standards.

Bryan Hearn
Founder & CEO

In previous roles, he led successful academic improvement efforts for schools and districts, as well as a tutor with deep experience with college entrance exams. Each year as a teacher, Bryan was named a Level 5 ("Most Effective") teacher by the State of Tennessee for value-added growth. As an instructional leader, his posted an ACT average increase of 4+ composite points and saw an increase in both AP pass rate (27%+) while increasing access to AP-level coursework (20 exams to 104 exams taken, a 5x increase). Bryan launched and managed three local teams for an instructionally-focused nonprofit and supported schools and districts with high-quality curriculum implementation and instruction. Now founder of Bridges to Readiness, Bryan advises leaders around building high school models that increase student readiness, in addition to overseeing program vision and strategy. Bryan has a doctorate in education (Ed.D.) from Vanderbilt University, a Master's of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from Christian Brothers University, and a B.A. from Rhodes College.

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Learn about Bryan's results as a director of academics:

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