Luther Dollar has been an educator for over 12 years. He currently resides in Nashville, TN and works as a School Counselor for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Growing up in Miami, Florida’s urban community, Liberty City, life was no crystal stair for him. Overcoming personal adversities at home, Luther graduated from Miami Northwestern High School with a full athletic football scholarship to Tennessee State University. He graduated from TSU with a B.A. in English and returned home to his Alma Matter to teach high school English and successfully coach Miami Northwestern Bulls to a class 6A state championship as a Defensive Line Coach and Special Teams Coordinator. There he was able to transform the lives of other young men to use athletics as a gateway to further their education transfiguring their lives out of poverty.
Luther continued his education graduating from Nova Southeastern University with an M.S. in School Guidance and Counseling and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, in spite of his middle school teacher telling him he would never graduate high school. His accomplishments to date, through perseverance and tenacity, are the proof that education is a real portal to success and you can achieve your dreams when you stay focused.
Luther is a humble man, who would never volunteer himself for an award or accolade. It’s important to recognize the everyday person in our communities that individually are making a difference in the lives of our future generations. Through his frank conversations with the students he works with, Luther has helped pregnant teen moms, juvenile delinquents, and kids who battle homelessness and drug induced parents to graduate high school. He works long hours daily to close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to be accepted and successful in college. Luther is doing greatness within the Black Community daily and for that he should be celebrated.