As a child, born and raised in Atlanta, I lived in a district that didn’t have a great school system. Troubled by the quality of education I would receive, my mother sent me to live with relatives so that I wouldn’t have to go to a failing school. Although this experience is hardly unusual, my mother’s decision taught me that quality education equals opportunity. I am running for Atlanta Public School Board District 6 because I believe passionately that all children should have equal access to quality education in their community.
I’ve taught in the classroom as an elementary school teacher in Atlanta Public Schools, created community-based programs, recruited and trained future teachers and community leaders and managed an early education, non-profit focused on preparing children for lifelong success. I’ve experienced the impact of community collaboration and the power of effective teachers and administrators. I’ve devoted my career to education and know that the education of our children is a community responsibility. Our public schools provide one the greatest hopes for us to continue as a great district and city.
Throughout my career, I’ve educated students who faced tremendous challenges at home and in the community. Despite the odds, my students excelled. Every day, they entered a school climate where they felt loved, challenged and safe. They would leave with the confidence and knowledge base to succeed. I know all of Atlanta’s children can achieve these same results with a supportive school system and community. I simply want EVERY child to have the resources and support that will engage and challenge them.
Like many of you, I hope someday to raise a family here with the confidence that my children will receive a world-class education, in a world-class city. I am confident that our public schools can prepare children for the college and/or career of their dreams. Atlanta’s students deserve leaders, whether in the classroom or boardroom, who have high expectations and include the community, as a true partner, in the pursuit of student success. It’s time to fight together for quality education for all of our children. We owe it to Atlanta’s children to transform our school system with them as our top priority.
I am not running for office. I am running for our children. I am an advocate and educator, who will work tirelessly for quality education for ALL of Atlanta's children. I ask for your support, your voice and your vote on November 5th for Atlanta Public School Board District 6.
If you have ideas about how we can strengthen Atlanta Public Schools, or questions about my candidacy, please feel free to contact me at (404) 692-1395 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in service,
Eshe’ P. Collins