Jefferson County Board of Education District 3
Residence: Center Point
Political experience: First run for office
Professional experience: Retired from Birmingham city schools, where she taught elementary school; was a reading initiative regional coach for the state Department of Education, after having been a reading initiative reading coach at Robinson Elementary School. Owner/president of Creative Expressions School of Dance and brokerage assistant with Dean Witter Reynolds. Author of three books, “Still Memoirs: The Hashtags of a Tarnished Life Polished by God,” “21 Days To A Brighter You” and “He speaks.”
Civic experience: Small groups minister with Agape Worship Ministries; Silver Star in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; former Multicultural Advisory Committee member with Samford University; member, Phi Delta Kappa Professional Fraternity in Education and affiliated with the Alabama and international association. Founder and executive director of MSFace2Face, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to eradicate “MS Poverty” by providing financial assistance to individuals affected by Multiple Sclerosis.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miles College and a master’s in education from Samford University.
Main issues: The three focal points of her campaign are to create, build and sustain behaviors for successful academic outcomes. She said creating sound mental behavior allows schools to implement best practices that meet the diverse needs of all students, and building solid emotional behavior provides schools with leverage to ensure learning strategies target the level of comprehension each child needs.
As the great-granddaughter of A. G. Gaston, she said she understands the importance of filling the needs of others to accomplish desired outcomes. “As the district 3 board member for the Jefferson county school system, I will provide that same level of servitude to every student, every parent, every teacher and staff member, principal and administrator for the improvement of our efforts to serve and educate this state of Alabama.”