I have the leadership that matters.
I have displayed leadership at every level of education. For years, I led from the classroom as a teacher. I led as an assistant principal and a principal. I led in career and technical education at the local and state level. In fact, I served as the State Direct of Career and Technical Education at the Georgia Department of Education. As Georgia’s State School Superintendent from 2011-2015, I led the development of Georgia’s career pathway system. Most recently, I have led at the local level as Superintendent of the McIntosh County School District, a position I currently hold, which has given me an understanding of the unique challenges that small, rural school districts face.
While leading as Georgia’s State School Superintendent I took a leadership role among the nation’s other state school superintendents, helping influence national education policy. I led Georgia to become one of the first states in the nation to receive a waiver from the onerous No Child Left Behind.
All along the way, I have maintained my focus on improving the opportunities for our students. I have proven leadership skills and will bring that leadership back to the Department of Education from day one.
I truly care about education—I believe I am the leader Georgia’s schools need for such a time as this.