Teacher, Teacher

The Warby Parker bus makes it to Nashville.

Nashville’s The Skillery was born in junior-high math

When the Warby Parker Class Trip pulled into Nashville this month, they quickly connected with the town’s tight-knit creative community. But Nashville’s not just home to the Grand Ole Opry and Miley Cyrus – the Tennessee capital is also backdrop to a full-fledged startup scene.

“The city has a good history of artistic and musical creativity, but the entrepreneurial component is really starting to boom,” Matt Dudley, founder of Nashville’s The Skillery told us.

The Skillery was founded over a year ago, offering the people of Nashville classes in everything from whiskey tastings to resume writing. Starting it wasn’t much of a stretch for Dudley – he taught in public schools for over a decade.

“One of the things I taught was eighth-grade algebra,” Dudley said. “And I would often get subjected to ‘Why do I have to learn this?’… [The Skillery] comes from this idea of choosing what we want to learn.”

The Skillery is hiring a Social Media Intern and always on the lookout for new teachers. Get more info here.

Now go forth (and ask why).

Nitty Gritty:

1969: Year Hee Hawbegan broadcasting out of Nashville

1992: Year Hee Hawstopped filming new episodes

10Hee Haw’s rank in TV Guide’s 50 Worst Shows of All Time


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