Building for our children's future.

Our focus.

Nashville Tools for School was founded for the purpose of partnering with Metro Schools and members of the community to provide the best possible learning environment for our youth and to demonstrate the community's support of our educational system.


NASHVILLE TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS is privileged to be allowed to use the old print shop on the TPS campus on Foster Ave. NTFS converted the space into a fully equipped woodworking shop with all manner of tools, both stationary and portable. Out of this facility we are able to complete the design and assembly of most of our furniture pieces. This space is perfect to host volunteer groups of various sizes. Contact us if you wish to volunteer or visit our facility.


2010 Alignment Nashville recognition as one of the sixteen groups currently developing community leaders.
2010 Daily’s Difference Maker Award at the Predators opening game.
2010 Mayor’s award for Outstanding System-wide Partner
2009 Honorable Mention in the Mayor’s award for System-wide Partner

about us.

Nashville Tools for Schools is a local 501(c)3 non-profit working daily to “build for our children’s future”. We complete light construction jobs from building furniture and outdoor classrooms to renovating locker rooms, storage areas and press boxes. We have completed over 900 projects over the past 5 years in over 100 schools and educational facilities. We need your support. Volunteer your time to help us build for our next project. Many organizations come help us build. Many donate money to help us maintain our workshop, staff and projects.


Projects Completed




Schools helped


We understand your requirement and provide quality works.
  • “Thank you for your organization’s commitment to our public schools and for Nashville Tools for Schools. Your efforts are far reaching, impacting future generations of students. This type of pubic-private partnership is successful because of those who lead the effort. Thank you for your leadership.”

    Karl Dean,

    Mayor of Nashville
  • “The East Literature Magnet School locker room project would not have occurred without the strong support of John Carpenter and Nashville Tools for Schools. We look forward to working with them in the future.”

    Stephen Ball

    , Executive principal East Literature Magnet School
  • II have observed first hand how Nashville Tools for Schools, led by John Carpenter, is an incredibly efficient and hardworking organization. The work performed for Overton High School has improved our facilities and will benefit students and staff for years to come.”

    Dr. Shuler Pelham,

    Executive Principal Overton High School
  • “On behalf of myself & the staff and students at Glencliff High School, we would like to thank you and your volunteers for the renovations made to the GAINS Academy computer lab. Your service to Metro Nashville Public Schools is helping to enhance the lives as well as the academic success of our children.”

    Jennifer Ball

    Extended Learning Coordinator Glencliff High School

Our team.

Our directors and consultants are multi-skilled volunteers. Among them are architects, engineers, experts in Metro’s building codes, contractors, and civic organizers. Using their individual abilities, they offer their expertise and advice free of charge – all for the betterment of Nashville area schools and students. Here is our list of 2018 Board members:

Harry Baird
Board Member

NTFS board member since 2012

Susie Bateman
Board Member

NTFS board member since 2019

Ben Dodd
Vice Chair

NTFS board member since 2018

Bill Farris

NTFS board member since 2017

Suzannah Gills
Board Member

NTFS board member since 2017

Mary Grissim

NTFS board member since 2018

Bob Harwell
Board Member

NTFS Board member since 2018.

Bev Herbert
Board Member

NTFS Board member since 2014.

Stephen H. McHugh

NTFS Board member since 2006.

Denise Sesler

NTFS Board member since 2015.

Get in Touch

Nashville Tools For Schools
P.O. Box 158480
Nashville, TN 37215

Where to find us

 Shop  Address 
1250 Foster Ave, Bldg 1234
Nashville, Tennessee 37210