Educator
Soulsville Charter School

Austin currently teaches government and economics at The Soulsville Charter School in South Memphis. Throughout eight years as an educator he has developed a Know Your Rights Unit for implementation in civics classes throughout the city and country. Hoping to expand his efficacy in addressing challenges faced by students in Memphis and throughout the country he completed the Teaching Policy Fellowship through Teach Plus, the Tennessee Educator Fellowship through the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, and presently is a Religious Literacy and Education Fellow at Harvard University​.

He is twice a finalist in the National Civil Rights Museum’s Drop the Mic Poetry Slam competition, an original cast member of “Union: the Musical” about the Sanitation Strike of 1968, and has contributed to publications such as the Commercial Appeal, Huffington Post, I Love Memphis Blog, and SBNation to get the word out about the great things going on in Memphis education and otherwise. Austin has also been named to the Memphis Flyer's 20 under 30.

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