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Free 2 Teach announces new executive director

Eula Battle, the co-founder and former executive director, sadly passed away in October 2020. Battle led the organization for over nine years.
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Free 2 Teach Executive Director Alison Kling

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Free 2 Teach Development Director Alison Kling will be transitioning to the role of executive director for the organization starting January 1, 2021.

Eula Battle, the co-founder and former executive director, sadly passed away in October 2020. Battle led the organization for over nine years.

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"Eula loved children and teaching,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “Free 2 Teach was the culmination of her life's work, and I know she would be thrilled with this selection. I am confident Alison will lead the organization to even greater heights while protecting Eula's legacy. I am grateful to the Free 2 Teach Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff for their thoughtful leadership during this time."

Kling has served as the organization's development director since 2017. Additionally, Kling worked for four years as an elementary school teacher in New York City Public Schools with Teach for America.

Kling earned her Master's in Education from Hunter College and her Master's of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

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“On behalf of the Board we are pleased to have selected Alison to lead Free 2 Teach as our next Executive Director,” said Samantha Nielsen, chair of the Free 2 Teach Board of Directors. “She brings a wealth of knowledge from her education background and deep insight into our operations from her time learning from Eula. During her time at Free 2 Teach she has built strong relationships with our donors and volunteers and has done a wonderful job representing our mission in the community.”

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