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Chaerea "Chae" Snorten, Executive Principal

Chaerea DenningLaughter is the best medicine – English Proverb

I am the oldest of three children, a Native Nashvillian and a 1992 graduate of Whites Creek Comprehensive High School. My family has instilled in me the value of education, so immediately after graduating I attended Western Kentucky University. I later transferred to Tennessee State University where I graduated with a BS in Social Work, MS in Pre K – 12 Guidance and Counseling and EdS in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University.

My career with MNPS began at Napier Enhanced Option Elementary School for three years. From Napier I was the School Counselor at Martha Vaught Middle School where I also coached the Boys and Girls Track Teams. 

Service to others has been my personal mantra and I am able to do that daily. I believe that you should treat others the way you’d like to be treated, that you should encourage others, and make all attempts to be the best possible role model for those around you. I am committed to planting seeds (encouraging words) of personal success to all of my students as well as staff and to also help them see and reach their full potential.

I am extremely proud to be the mother of a beautiful daughter! My hobbies are singing, writing, skating and spending time with my family and friends. I am an active member of Judah Temple of Praise Church. I am also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Chaerea “Chae” Snorten, is Nashville Big Picture’s executive principal:

She began her career as guidance counselor and home school coordinator at Napier Enhanced Option Elementary School. After spending three years at Napier, she served Martha Vaught Middle School as school counselor as well as summer school counselor for Hillsboro and Overton High Schools. In 2007, she moved to Big Picture and has remained there since program inception.

Denning is currently working toward an Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University. She has an Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision, MS in PreK-12 Guidance and Counseling and a BS in Social Work, all from Tennessee State University.

“During my time at Big Picture, I’ve observed students as they design their courses of study including internships and college which are highlighted by their student exhibitions,” Denning said. “As students present what they’ve ascertained during the quarter, it is simply astonishing as to see the vision of their “Big Picture” becoming a reality.” 

Chaerea Snorten

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