Blake Freeman attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education with an English Concentration in May of 2002. He received his Masters Degree in Instructional Leadership from the Tennessee Technological University in August of 2004.
In his 17 year career in public education, Blake has served in a variety of roles including English teacher, assistant principal in both urban and suburban setting and principal in the rural setting. Prior to moving to the Hamilton County Schools district office, Blake was the principal of the nationally recognized Normal Park Museum Magnet School, a PreK-8th grade environment.
In November of 2017, Blake was promoted by Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson as the Director of Future Ready Institutes for Hamilton County. Since beginning this new role, Blake has worked to develop 28 career focused institutes in 13 different high schools. In this work, Blake has worked closely with the Chattanooga business community to secure over $2 Million in financial or in kind donations for Future Ready Institutes. In addition, he has worked with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce to establish Industry Councils to support teaching and learning within the institute programs.
In July of 2019, Blake was promoted to Executive Director of Early Postsecondary Success for Hamilton County Schools. In his short time in this role, Blake has worked to align this newly created department to include Career and Technical Education, Future Ready Institutes as well as College and Career Advisors. He has also worked with a local nonprofit entity to implement a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation totaling $2.7 Million with the focus of increasing college matriculation from the 6 highest poverty high schools in Hamilton County.
Blake lives in Chattanooga, TN, with his wife Alisha, an educator as well, and his three children, Jackson (11), Claire (8) and Nora Kate (2).