Ms. D as she was called by her students, graduated from the University of Alabama with a BA in English and teaching certificate. She received her MA in English from UAB, MA in History from Middle Tennessee State University, and MLS from Trevecca University. For more than 40 years she taught in Nashville public schools and completed her career as the Librarian at Bellshire Elementary. She was driven by curiosity; inspired by “wonder”; passionate for justice; and just plain fun.
This scholarship will support students from the schools where Mrs. Dougherty taught in Nashville: Hillsboro High School, Hillwood High School, Hunters Lane (Bellshire cluster), Martin Luther King Jr High School, or Whites Creek High School. Students from Homewood High School (Homewood, AL), where Mrs. Dougherty was a student teacher, are also eligible.