I am Jackye Rhodes and I am running to serve
District 5 on the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education.
- Served 38 years as a teacher of APS students;
- One of the first two African-American teachers assigned to Northside High School (currently North Atlanta High) when the APS decided to desegregate the system;
- Served as Department Chairperson of the Math Department and of the Law and Government Magnet Program at Therrell High School and as Math Department Chairperson at Southside High School (currently Maynard Jackson High);
- Served on the School Leadership Teams at both Therrell High School and at Southside High School;
- Served as a member of the visiting team for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) with the responsibility of visiting schools and making recommendations about how those schools could improve their academic programs;
- Served as the two-time President of the Atlanta Andover Dartmouth Math Teachers Association:
- Coached the math team, the debate team and the robotics teams at Southside High School. The Robotics team was the first APS team to win 1st Place in the Best Design competition. Had the first APS Student selected in the field of mathematics to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair.
- Selected by then State School Superintendent Cathy Cox to receive an award for “Outstanding Leadership in Mathematics”.
My Community Service:
- Served as Vice-President of Southwest Community Groups;
- Served as Co-President of the Southwest Middle School PTA (currently Jean Young Middle School;
- Served as Treasurer of the Garden Hills Elementary School PTA
- Served two terms as President of the Chalet/Peyton Forest Community Association;
- Served on the Fulton County Board of Marian Wright Edelman’s “Save the Children” Foundation;
- Member, NPU – I Public Safety Committee.
- Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
- That we should resist the trend toward “privatizing schools”;
- That, because of its importance as a platform for academic performance, we should seek to insure that all APS students are able to read by the time they finish the 3rd grade;
- That special programs/academies should be established to help our 9th grade students overcome the challenges associated with matriculating in high school.
- That income inequalities should not be allowed to result in diminished educational opportunities.
- That the recently signed contract with the state adopting a new operating system offers a degree of flexibility that could be of great benefit to our students IF that system is monitored by persons familiar with best practices in educating children.