Dr. Emerald Mitchell is the founder and Executive Director of Moves & Grooves Incorporated where she oversees strategic planning, grant writing and daily operation of five S.T.E.A.M programs for over 250 undeserved youth in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Dr. Mitchell is a trained ballet, jazz and contemporary dancer and served as a 4th grade teacher in Metro Nashville Public Schools for 5 years. This is where Emerald saw the "power of arts" in action as she often integrated music and movement into each math and literacy lesson which brought excitement, focus and enagagement for even the most unruly student. Dr. Mitchell leads a team of educators by promoting the agency's mission of arts integration in schools, communities and on capital hill. Dr. Mitchell serves as a member of Tennesseans For the Arts, The Art & Business Council of Middle Tennessee, The VP of Development for the Junior League of Nashville and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce where she has served on the Education and Report Card Committee for 2 consecutive years.
Her advocacy for youth, arts, wellness and education has been featured in printed media and television such as Today in Nashville, Urban Outlook, the Nashville Scene, Nashville Arts Magazine, The Tennessean, and the Nashville City Paper. She is the recipient of the 2019 Nashville Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award, Finalist for the Nashville Emerging Leaders Award (NELA), Pamplin Fellows Leadership Award and many others. Dr. Mitchell earned her bachelor's degree from Fisk University, MBA from the University of Phoenix, Masters in Education from Tennessee State University and Doctorate of Education from Trevecca Nazarene University in May 2016. Whenever Emerald isn't out and about, she enjoys kickboxing, boats, traveling, spending time with her husband Deitrick Mitchell and their 4 amazing children Success, Chosen, Believe and Purpose. And YES, those are their real names.
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Book: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
Life Motto/Quote: “Get it done!”
Favorite Sport: Dance
Favorite TV Show: Shark Tank
Fun Fact: I like horseback riding.
Why she started Moves & Grooves, Inc: Dr. Mitchell believes that Moves & Grooves is her opportunity to give to other people what was once given to her... a choice.
I am originally from Madisonville, Kentucky and have always been involved in the arts. I am a visual artist and I have tried (and failed) to play many instruments over the years. I studied at the University of Kentucky and obtained a Bachelor in Arts in Administration with a minor in Art History in 2009. In 2015, I obtained a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration to further my work in the non-profit sector. I have lived in Nashville for nearly a decade working at various arts agencies. I love being able to serve the youth in our community.
Favorite Food: BBQ Nachos
Favorite Book: Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King
Life Motto/Quote: “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton
Favorite Sport: Cheerleading
Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones
Fun Fact: I’ve traveled to fifteen countries... and I try to go to a new one each year.
Why I work with Moves & Grooves, Inc: I truly believe in the power of the arts and I believe that our youth are worth investing in.
I am originally from Statesville, North Carolina who has done stints up and down the east coast before settling in middle Tennessee. The arts have always been a big part of my life, and I have taken or lead art classes and dance classes throughout my whole life. I studied at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in History. I have lived in the Nashville Metro area for about three years and been involved from local government to volunteering at other non-profits in the area. I love being able to give back to the community and help young kids reach their full potential and full creative abilities!
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Book: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Life Motto/Quote: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite TV Show: Doctor Who
Fun Fact: I have lived in six different states!
Why I work with Moves & Grooves, Inc: I believe that every child has the ability to be the next big doctor, and dancer. Moves & Grooves gives students the tools to unlock that potential.