Allison Comer

Allison Comer

Muse Knoxville

Executive Director

Hometown: Memphis, TN

What is your vision for Knoxville 10 years from now?

In 2033, we thrive as a vibrant, inclusive community. Families have high quality, play based learning that fosters lifelong curiosity and growth. Together, we forge a future where every child’s potential is nurtured, shaping a society that radiates compassion and embraces the power of education.

What is Knoxville’s Best Kept Secret?

This city’s best kept secret, of course, is Muse Knoxville! Muse offers a world of wonder and exploration, where you can delve into the realms of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. It sparks a love for learning, leaving a lasting impact on young adventurers and their families alike.

What would you do to strengthen Knoxville?

I would strengthen Knoxville by laying a stronger foundation for future generations. Empowering children with quality education, prioritizing early childhood, and promoting diverse cultural experiences would create a community where all families have access to the tools needed for success.

What is your favorite Knoxville memory?

One of my favorite Knoxville memories was teaching at Beaumont Magnet Academy, where I not only discovered my passion for teaching but also had the opportunity to meet my now spouse. Beaumont holds a special place in my heart, and I feel grateful to still work alongside it in my current role.

What is your favorite book or what book is currently on your nightstand?

I am currently reading Reshma Saujani’s book “Brave, Not Perfect”

What is the best advice you have received from a mentor, and who was that mentor?

Denise Dean, Executive Director of East TN Freedom Schools, gave me the empowering advice to trust my instincts as I began my role at Muse. Her words were validating, affirming my capabilities and encouraging me to rely on my intuition to navigate challenges and seize opportunities that lay ahead.

What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

If I could turn back time, I would tell my 16-year-old self to embrace authenticity and self-compassion. I would emphasize the importance of following my passions fearlessly, knowing that the journey of self-discovery, identity, and growth is the most valuable thing I could do for myself.

Allison Comer