Georgia Charter Schools, Inc. holds the charter for Kennesaw Charter Science & Math Academy.
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Board of Directors
Dave Peeples – Community Member – Chair
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.
Shawnita Haliburton – Parent – Vice-chair
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.
Candice Wharton – Parent – Secretary
Candice Wharton moved to the Greater Atlanta area in 2005 and is originally from North Carolina. She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Candice is an accomplished leader and strategic planner with extensive experience as a VP; Operations Project Manager at Bank of America.
Candice recently joined the KCSMA Board in July 2015 and currently holds an officer position of secretary. Her project management background set the stage for her participation as a member of the board of directors.
Candice has been married for 9 years and has 2 amazing daughters! She is active in her community through various volunteer efforts and previously owned a non-profit organization that implemented programs within the Atlanta Public School system. When she isn’t volunteering, she enjoys going to church and spending time with her family.
Ms. Montyne Morris – Community Member – Treasurer
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.
Dr. Coleen James – Parent
Dr. Coleen James is an Author/Entrepreneur/Professor/Speaker. She was born in the beautiful island of Antigua. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY and Miami, FL. Dr. James has been working in Real Estate since 2000 as a Certified Residential Appraiser and Real Estate Agent. Dr. James has a B.S. in communications from Florida State University, MBA in Marketing from Kennesaw State University and DBA in Management from Argosy University. Dr. James has been a College Professor since 2000. Dr. James teaches Marketing and Management courses at Shorter University and several online universities.
Dr. Coleen James is an industry expert in the area of African American and Hispanic American higher education and financial growth. She has a passion for educating these minority groups in the areas of creating generational wealth and seeking higher education.
Dr. James has been on the KCSMA board for 2 years and her son attends KCSMA and he is in the fourth grade. When not teaching and participating in speaking engagements, Dr. James enjoys spending time with her 9 year old son and travelling. Dr. James believes that once we believe in ourselves, anything is possible.
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.
Ms. Davida Morgan-Washington – Community Member
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.
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.
Kay Frey – Principal, ex-officio
Lisa Gomes – Teacher, ex-officio