An Atlanta native and former teacher in Atlanta Public Schools, Eshé Collins never wavered from her strong passion for education. Beginning at a young age, she always knew the value of a solid education: a challenging curriculum, a system of great teachers and strong family and community involvement. Eshé understands the impact of quality education in realizing the potential of our city, and leverages her passion and experience to provide all students in Atlanta with the education they deserve.
Eshé’s work within urban settings has been the combination of her classroom, policy and legal experience in addressing student achievement and equity in education. She began as a 4th and 5th grade teacher at A.D. Williams Elementary School located in the former Bowen Homes community. During that time, Eshé led the afterschool and summer programming for the Bowen Homes community and co-founded the “Reaching Back, Bridging Gaps,” a community-based literacy initiative. She analyzed national education issues and advocated for quality early education and accessible healthcare for children at the Children’s Defense Fund. Also, Eshe’ worked in Cape Town, South Africa where she helped refugee women and children access quality services and enrollment in local schools.
Currently, Eshe’ serves as the Program and Community Director for Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc., an early education, non-profit organization that delivers a high-quality curriculum to preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. In this role, she oversees strategic operations for the Atlanta region, builds local and national partnerships and trains adults to teach in their communities. More importantly, she works closely with parents to improve family involvement and inspires children to learn through the love of literacy. Through this work, Eshé ensures that every child enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.
In pursuit of her passion, Eshé earned a B.A. in Psychology from Spelman College, M.S. in Urban Teacher Leadership from Georgia State University and J.D., cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She holds Georgia Educator certifications in Early Childhood Education and Educational Leadership and a license to practice law in the State of Georgia. Eshé is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2016 and Outstanding Atlanta Class of 2014. Also, she is a 2014 recipient of Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 and the Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Service and Social Justice.
Eshé loves concerts, traveling, Do-It-Yourself home improvement projects, and of course, spending time with family and friends. She is a woman of many accomplishments and continues to be an avid servant throughout the Atlanta community.