As a school dropout, I re- evaluated my beliefs and earned a GED. Then, I completed college and began a teaching career. Having taught for more than a decade in the classroom, I became an advocate for students, parents and educators.

I have advocated for early behavior and mental health interventions as many student academic and behavior concerns can be addressed before a student enters middle or high school. I have strongly advocated for more teacher professional development and classroom creativity for student improvement. I have spoken before local boards of education to urge the adoption of policies that would increase teaching time by decreasing student testing. I have also urged Boards of Education  to adopt polices and procedures that would eliminate the school to prison pipeline. Discipline processes should be delivered through unbiased procedures for all students. I became an advocate for more transparency through multi-disciplinary-collaborative partnerships.

Educators’ pay should be addressed through equitable provisions across the state. Our children deserve a quality education delivered by quality educators who are treated as professionals in every school district. Further, as GAE president, I became the voice for educators who wanted to positively influence the education process at the national and state levels. As an advocate for students, educators and parents , I will continue to demonstrate my beliefs that Georgia schools can provide the exceptional workforce Georgia needs for the future.

Experience

  • Named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the top 100 leaders in education, 2018
  • President of Georgia Association of Educators, 2014-2018
  • Vice President of Georgia Association of Educators, 2010-2014
  • President of Clayton County Education Association, 2002-2014
  • Certified Classroom Teacher in High School Social Studies
    • Morrow High, 1996-2003
    • Griffin Tech, 1990-1996
    • Griffin High School, 1988-1990
  • B.S., Emmanuel College
  • M.Ed., Mercer University 
  • Ed.D., Walden University

Issues

  • Fully fund public education
  • Equity for students: includes additional funding for student support services
  • School Safety: K-12 funding 
  • Disproportional discipline practices (School to Prison Pipeline) 
  • Decrease of high stakes testing
  • Incentives to recruit and retain quality educators
  • Protect current retirement systems for educators
  • Keep public taxes in public schools
  • Support Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics S.T.E.A.M. education
  • Support vocational and technical education