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Outreach & Operations

Outreach & Operations

The mission of the Tennessee Schools for the Deaf Outreach is to support deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing children, ages birth through 22 years, their families, and the professionals in Tennessee who serve them by building relationships and providing support for any type or degree of hearing concern as well as information surrounding best practices in deaf education ensuring equitable access to language, communication, and learning.


The outreach team takes a multi-prong approach to provide support to families and professionals through 0-5 Language and Literacy, Deaf Mentor Program, Parent Outreach, and Statewide School Support. These services are provided at no charge to families.


Our audiologists provide ongoing support and address the hearing concerns of the students with state-of-the-art equipment. They are able to troubleshoot and map cochlear implants. They also troubleshoot and fix, if able, hearing aids and work with insurance companies to minimize the amount of time students are without their aids.  




The mission of the Tennessee Schools for the Deaf is to promote and maintain a technologically-evolving campus and to ensure a safe, healthy, and comfortable environment conducive to the education of students who are deaf and hard of hearing by performing preventative measures, initiating timely responses, and working together to provide the best learning environment for the students and staff at Tennessee Schools for the Deaf.


Campus Safety & Security


The Tennessee School for the Deaf Security Department provides a safe learning environment for the students and staff of TSD 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by controlling visitor access, actively monitoring building and fire alarms, patrolling the 90-acre campus, and securing the 40+ campus buildings. The department strives to communicate effectively with all staff, students, and visitors through continued training and technology implementation, focus on teamwork, and accomplish the shared goal of providing the best learning environment for the students of TSD.


The Security Department utilizes the Raptor Visitor Management System to strengthen campus safety for students and faculty by screening visitors, contractors, and volunteers entering our campus against the National Sex Offender Registry. When visiting campus, individuals will be required to have an appointment with a staff member and will be asked to provide a photo ID for screening before being allowed access to campus.


In support of campus-wide safety goals, the TSD Emergency Operations Team has developed and implemented an Emergency Operations Plan that coordinates with the National Incident Management System developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This ensures consistency in communication among responding agencies in order to better prevent, mitigate, and recover from emergencies.


Contact Information


Jack Johnson

Director of Outreach & Operations
865.776.6074 (text)
865.978.6021 (vp)

Email Jack Johnson

Brenda Lindsay
Administrative Assistant
865.579.2453 (voice)