Georgia Charter Schools, Inc. holds the charter for Kennesaw Charter Science & Math Academy.
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Board of Directors
Ms. Montyne Morris – Community Member – Chair
Ms. Morris joined the KCSMA Board in March 2016. With an undergraduate degree from UGA and a master’s from KSU, Ms. Morris brings to the board a passion for life-long learning. She and her husband have been in East Cobb for 25 years, and their two children attended Cobb County schools. She has been actively involved in public schools – as a substitute teacher and a staff and classroom volunteer – and has held leadership positions in PTAs and school foundations. Ms. Morris believes in the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and enjoys helping create relationships between schools and the families and communities they serve.
Ms. Morris is a technical writer for an engineering services firm in Vinings and a part-time instructor of composition at KSU. Her experience also includes positions in executive search and corporate training and development. She enjoys reading, baking, theater, and following the 2016 presidential election.
Jacqueline Oduselu – Parent – Vice-Chair
Jacqueline is an expert Conflict Management Specialist with over 15 years of experience mediating cases in the Juvenile, Magistrate, and Superior Courts of the Metro Atlanta Area. As a mediator/registered neutral with the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Commission on Dispute Resolution, I have amassed a world of experience working with juveniles and adults in the heat of conflict in court (involving delinquency, status, and civil offenses, even divorce). Jacqueline also currently volunteers as the Vice Chair of the Board for the Kennesaw Charter Science & Math Academy.
Her experience & training as a mediator and as a Licensed Professional Counselor has informed her skills to help counsel individuals, couples, families, & groups navigate the rough waters of conflict to obtain & maintain some sense of resolution in their lives. She provides a safe environment to address the various stressors & influences in life with practical and effective tools and strategies to achieve a WIN/WIN for all involved.
Jacqueline is also an experienced professional educator and trainer having conducted workshops for professionals and the general public covering topics relative to conflict management and resolution, assertiveness, and other psychoeducational topics. Her workshops have been approved by various professional organizations to include:
· Licensed Professional Counselor Association (LPCA) of Georgia,
· Georgia Society for Clinical Social Workers (GSCSW),
· National Association of Social Workers (NASW-GA),
· Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (GAMFT),
· Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (GAODR),
· Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training (GA-POST) Council, and
· The State Bar of Georgia.
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in providing counseling and therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups through various issues including, but not limited to, grief, infidelity, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders, and more… She has a passion for helping individuals and families gain the help and understanding they need to cope with life’s difficulties and overcome life’s obstacles through the counseling relationship among other avenues. Jacqueline has been trained to use attentive listening, interviewing skills and other various techniques to gain understanding of and assist clients in their goals for personal and professional success.
She obtained her Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University and her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services from Kennesaw State University. Her experience includes working as a case manager with families and children in need of housing among other basic needs. Her professional experience not only includes using conflict management training and skills in the ADR programs of court systems, but also years of involvement with children at every age level in the public school system as a substitute teacher. Educational specific atmospheres include Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, Kennesaw State University and those of religious institutions and summer camps involving infants to 16 years old.
Ms. Davida Morgan-Washington – Community Member – Secretary
Davida Morgan Washington joined the board of KCMSA and presently serves as the Chief Development Officer of Communities In Schools of Georgia. As CDO, she has oversight for External Affairs including Development, Marketing and Communications, Board Governance and Government Relations for the organization’s state office.
She is a seasoned nonprofit and educational leader with more than 20 years proven experience in Development, Campaign Leadership, Strategic Planning, Major Donor Relations, Staff Development and Advocacy.
Academically, Davida holds a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management, also a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Business. She is also a Georgia Policy Fellow, class of 2012 with the State of Georgia Women’s Policy Institute. Davida is married for 19 years and the mother of two sons who are active in their local church, schools and sports activities.
Shawnita Haliburton – Community Member – Treasurer
Shawnita Haliburton is a Senior Manager in Accounting, at Cox Automotive. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She brings to KCSMA over 15 years of tax and accounting experience. As a parent with students in both charter and public programs, she is passionate about quality education and dedicated to serving in educational settings. Shawnita has volunteered extensively at KCSMA in the classroom and parent organization capacities for the past seven years. She has been married for 15 years and has 2 wonderful children.
Dr. Tad Crocker – Community Member
Dr. Tad Crocker joined the KCSMA Board in March, 2016. Dr. Crocker teaches at Kennesaw State University in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology. He enjoys teaching environmental science for non-science majors as part of KSU’s General Studies program as well as teaching biology courses and labs for science majors. Also in Cobb County, Dr. Crocker serves on the Walton High School Volleyball Boosters Club as a board member and as the webmaster. He also works as an independent supplier of internet-based marketing and educational services. For example he is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Ashworth College, an internet-based alternative model fitting the needs of many non-traditional students.
Prior to 2014, Crocker worked in Metro Atlanta, including Cobb and Cherokee Counties, for twenty years in business management. During this period, Crocker completed his Ph.D., served Reinhardt University as an Adjunct Professor, and coached girls’ soccer in Cobb County for five years as a parent volunteer.
Even earlier, Crocker taught high school sciences at South Cobb (1986-87) and Pebblebrook (1987-88) and at the Owensboro (KY) 10-11-12 Center (1981-82). He obtained his Masters of Science degree in zoology from the University of Georgia (1986) and his Bachelors of Science degree in chemistry and biology from Union University (1980).
Although he is not a true native of Cobb County, Crocker has become well-rooted. His wife, Jenny, and their three children all attended Dodgen Middle School and graduated from Walton High School (1983, 2008, 2011, and expected 2018).
Interests: Teaching • Learning • Prodding and Always Learning More about cooking, hunting edible mushrooms, gardening, fly-fishing, listening, thinking, writing, figuring, and creative napping.
Mr. Verjuann Jordan – Community Member
Verjuann Jordan – Originally from Ohio moved to Georgia in 2005 after spending a number of years post-graduation in Maine. Verjuann has an extensive background in Business Control as an AVP with Bank of America. He joined Bank of America in January of 2001 where he’s held different leadership roles and has an extensive background negotiating processes, partnering with vendors, and facilitating projects from the concept stage through fruition.
Verjuann is a graduate of Bowling Green State University; where he earned a BFA in Painting minoring in Cultural Diversity and Painting. Verjuann also holds a degree in Music Education.
Verjuann enjoys volunteering with different organizations in the metro Atlanta area. When he isn’t volunteering he enjoys painting, photography, and playing the saxophone.
Dave Peeples – Community Member
Dave Peeples joined the KCSMA board in May of 2015.
Dave brings to the Board a vast experience within K12 education having served on Murray County’s Board of Education, (4 years and 8,000 students) worked as the system technology director (4 years), served as an IT manager for the Georgia Department of Education (2 years) and spent 10 years designing and supporting state-wide education data management systems in over 12 states.
Dave has a Bachelors degree from Auburn University in Industrial Engineering and before becoming involved in the education arena, worked for many years managing multi-million dollar engineering, construction and corporate projects for Armstrong World Industries, Union Carbide, and Mohawk Carpets.
Dave also has a working knowledge of formative and summative testing systems, test score analysis and QBE funding processes.
Currently Dave is employed as the Director of Operations for the Architecture Department of Kennesaw State University, and spends time working with STEM support organizations in the Kennesaw area.
Dave and his wife Beverly live in the Legacy Park community in Kennesaw, where Dave serves on the HOA Board of Directors.
George Shipman – Parent
Bio – Coming Soon!
Dr. James McNealey – Principal, ex-officio
Lisa Gomes – Teacher, ex-officio