I was born into a family of educators in Columbus, Ohio, who instilled in me a love of learning. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Sociology and Education from Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia and my Master’s of Science degree in Human Resources from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. My formal education also includes the “All But Dissertation” (ABD) designation in Political Science at Georgia State University. Higher education research and the application of my education, knowledge, and training to provide a “highly qualified” experience for students, has been the major focus of my formal education and experience.
I retired from the DeKalb County School System, Stone Mountain, GA after a total of 23 year of providing an exemplary teaching experience. During those years, my responsibilities also included leadership duties of supervision, mentoring, coordination, and evaluation. In addition, I was responsible for various workshops, seminars, and courses for staff development and training.
This wealth of knowledge and experience has enriched the lives of many students, faculty, and parents and extended to my new career. Following retirement, I pursued a career in post-secondary education. My post-secondary instructional career includes part-time instruction at Kennesaw State University, First-Year Transitional Studies Department. In this position, there is a direct focus on student retention and college success. This experience has extended to the students on both campuses where retention is always important. Additionally, I have been an adjunct instructor at Fortis College, Smyrna GA since 2012. During this time, I have taught Sociology, Psychology, English, Communications, College Success, and Career Development.
One of my greatest joys now is to see this love for learning and education displayed through my twins who are now in college. It is truly a gratifying experience to witness them as they utilize their knowledge, understanding, and accomplishments to be immersed into their independent college experience. It is uplifting to see the generations continue.