Future Ready Institute Coordinators - Zena Buckley and Nina Deaton


Zena Buckley 

Zena Hanner-Buckley

Contact me....
email at buckley_z@hcde.org

My name is Zena Hanner-Buckley, and I will serve as one of the Future Ready Institute Coordinators at The Howard  High School for the 2019-2020 school year. I am a native of Rome, Ga, but I have lived in Tennessee for most of my adult life. I received a bachelor’s degree  from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at  Chattanooga. This is my eighth year in the field of  education, and I am excited about working with your  students.

This year at Howard, I have the incredible opportunity  to collaborate with a team of educators and expose  our Future Ready Institute students to industry- focused experiences starting in the ninth grade. During my tenure at Howard, I am committed to showing our students the endless career and college opportunities that are available to them. I personally believe that students become what they see; therefore, my goal is to put as many examples of success in front of them while they are in high school.

I will be collaborating with the Howard administration, teachers, and industry partners, but I  am also looking forward to working closely with  parents in an effort to ensure students have a  successful high school experience. If you need to contact me with questions or concerns, I can be reached by phone at 423-498-6850 or via email at buckley_z@hcde.org. I will be happy to speak with you about your student’s academic and/or social progress. This will be a magical year!


My name is Nina Deaton and I am the second Future Ready Institute Coordinator at The Howard School.  

I was born in Tanzania, East Africa and moved to a small town in Texas as a young child. As a teenager, I moved to Toronto, Canada which is where I got my bachelor’s degree in English Literature.  I moved to Chattanooga, TN, fourteen years ago and fell in love with teaching — which is why I got my Masters in Education at UTC in 2010.  Since then, I have been teaching students in Hamilton County to explore their educational options and to advocate for themselves.  

This is my second year at Howard and I am excited to start my new role by getting to know your students, and to help them explore different career paths in the four Future Ready Institutes.
For hobbies, I like to read, garden, and cook exotic foods while pretending I am a contestant on a competitive cooking show.  

Please contact me via email (deaton_n@hcde.org) or by phone (423-498-6850) with questions or concerns.
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