2021 Birmingham City Election

Sonja Smith, Birmingham Board of Education D8

Sonja Q. Smith

Birmingham Board of Education, District 8

Sonja Smith
Age: 40
Residence: Birmingham, Belview Heights neighborhood
Political experience: Elected to Birmingham Board of Education, District 8, 2017
Professional experience: Program manager for UAB’s Lifespan Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center; self-employed piano teacher; deputy director and project manager for Birmingham’s League Southern Museum; project coordinator of Enroll Alabama AIDS; assistant branch manager of Woodforest National Bank, Birmingham; adjunct music professor at Malcolm X College; high school teacher, Chicago
Education: Master’s in music, piano pedagogy, Louisiana State University, 2006; bachelor of arts, music/business administration, Birmingham-Southern College, 2003; certificate programs at UAB in project management, 2017; Harvard University, Public Education in Leadership Program, 2018; University of South Florida Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace, 2021
Civic experience: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, 2000-present; vestry of Chicago Church of the Ascension, 2007-2012; diocesan convention delegate, 2009; Birmingham Public Library Young Adult Board, 2015-2016; Birmingham Episcopal Campus Ministries Advisory Board, 2015-2018; Belview Heights Neighborhood Association, 2019-present; Birmingham Museum of Art Trustee Board, 2019-2020; Episcopal Diocese of Alabama bishop search team, 2019-2020; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1981-2004 and 2012-present,  vestry member 2019-present (secretary in 2020); Five Points West Committee Framework Plan Committee, 2019-present; Flourish Alabama board, 2020-present, secretary; the Episcopal Church General Convention volunteer, 2009 & 2012; volunteer, Pathways, Community Food Bank of Alabama, AIDS Alabama, Better Basics
Significant endorsements: None at this time
Top contributors: None listed
Main issues: Preparing third-grade students to be proficient readers to pass the Alabama Literacy Act exam; providing additional support for teachers by way of classroom aides to lower our student/teacher ratio and allow for more individualized student learning plans; supporting students physically and emotionally by expanding school-based health clinic partnership with ARMS; ensuring all students are college and career ready upon graduation
Campaign: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=23430204