Putting My Experience
Welcome! I'm glad you came by to learn more about me and why I'm campaigning to represent ABOE District 1. I'm a wife and a mother of 8, which of the 8, two are Atlanta Public School graduates. I was born and raised in Atlanta, I'm also the oldest of 15 APS kids who grew up together in Perry Homes, a now-demolished Westside public-housing complex. I had my first child at age 16, as a teenage mother, I tried to finish school at Booker T. Washington, & Southside (now Maynard Jackson), where I dropped out to work and care for my son. As my family grew and my paycheck didn't, I watched Atlanta's real estate market boom, in which more public housing was demolished, rent prices climbed, and my family struggled with homelessness. I learned how important community was at a very low point in life when I lost my children's father in a tragedy and the school's community stepped up and wrapped their arms around my family to give us the love with support that we needed.
This was just the beginning of my story. My third child was diagnosed with Autism, which I had no clue what Autism was. I begin talking to doctors and researching what Autism meant for my child, in which my nonverbal toddler kick-started my new journey. At 30 years old, I completed high school online and applied to college, where I was accepted to Purdue University and I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services-Child and Family Welfare. This is where I begin advocating for my son. While dealing with my family's lost, I received therapy and my therapist stated, "Turn your pain into your passion." I took that pain and kicked my advocating into overdrive. My mentor entered into my life and continues to be here by my side. I volunteered for everything under the sun from PTA, Go-Team, NPU, Neighborhood Association, and other parents group to meet and understand people from all walks of life who care about community investment. I married that funny guy I met back in fourth grade and we are finally homeowners. We are blessed to share all that we have with our communities.