Meet the EdLanta Team

Shamar Knight-Justice

@sknightjustice

Shamar Knight-Justice currently serves as an Assistant Principal at KIPP WAYS Primary in Atlanta, Georgia. Shamar graduated from North Carolina A&T in 2010 with a degree in Business Marketing. After graduation, he became a member of Teach For America in Charlotte, North Carolina where he taught secondary English for four years, before then moving to Washington, D.C. and becoming an elementary teacher. Shamar currently serves as Co-Board Chair for The Collective Atlanta, which is Teach For America’s alumni of color association, and helps create events and opportunities that strengthen the rapport between current corps members and alum of color. Shamar has also worked for Teach For America at two different training institutes for first year teachers, serving as an instructional coach for two years, and a summer school principal for three years. He also serves as Atlanta’s Impact Leader for Profound Gentlemen, which seeks to develop and retain Black male educators. In his spare time, Shamar is finishing his manuscript for a young adult fiction novel, and enjoys window shopping with his wife at J. Crew.

 

Jason B. Allen

@jballen5
Over the last 10 years, Jason B. Allen has worked in Education servicing our students, families and communities in various positions in education and human development. A major goal of his is to ensure that all youth have positive role models to emulate. Throughout his academic career, he has mentored many young, African American males through his national mentoring program, BMWI (Black Men with Initiative), serving as the third national president. He has also volunteered with several community organizations including the Darnell Senior Center of Fulton County, PAL (Police Athletic League), PTSA, Lillie’s Foundation, JoJo Martin Renal Disease Foundation and a longtime advocate with Dignity in Schools and other National Organizations for Educational Advancement.

He has served as GA PTA’s District 10 Male Involvement Committee, GaDOE Region 5 Parent Coordinator, completed Board Certification through the GA Charter Schools Commission, GA Leadership Academy Economic & Leadership Development Certification and currently is the Neighborhood Planning Unit K Chair to build economic and community development. Embedding the spirit of service, Jason’s main goal is to simply help others along his life’s journey. He’s dedicated to servicing those in need, determined to do the right thing for the right reasons and dependable; living by his word being his bond.