“Together We Can!” – President Barack Obama
I am so proud that there will be a community based public charter school opening in Atlanta, Georgia, August 2019. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to feature Kamaria Finch, founder of The Harriet Tubman School of Science and Teach in attempting to help find Harriet a home. Well, thanks to advocacy of parents, students, community members, those who read the blog nationwide and the Georgia Charter School Associations support, we have found Harriett a home!
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Atlanta, GA –September 10th, 2018
The Harriet Tubman School of Science & Tech (Harriet Tubman Charter School, HTCS) is a new, Atlanta-based, public charter school focusing on developing lifelong career skills in technology and computer science for educationally disadvantaged students. HTCS is seeking nominations for Board Members to help guide the work and mission of the organization. HTCS is seeking additional board members to fulfill its vision to ‘be a lighthouse in the community’. The school will be the first elementary computer science school in Georgia. The school is set to open in August of 2019 in Southwest Atlanta.
HTCS is currently seeking dedicated board members specifically in the field of: Law, Accounting and Technology. This is an extraordinary opportunity for individuals who are passionate about supporting HTCS’ mission to mobilize stakeholders to invest in the children of Southwest
Atlanta neighborhoods. Harriet Tubman School of Science & Tech is a school rooted in the community dedicated to helping educationally disadvantaged neighborhood children. Qualifying governing board members must reside in Georgia. Advisory board members must reside in the USA. Governing Board members are expected to meet, at minimum, twice per month. Advisory board members are required to meet every other month.
Current governing board members include:
• Keith Terrell CPA, CRFAC, FCPA, CGMA is a certified public accountant with 30 years of
extensive accounting experience. Mr. Terrell received his BS in Accounting from
Alabama A&M. He is Senior Vice President at Wesley Peachtree Group. Mr. Terrell is
also a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity and an active member of his church,
Salem Bible Church.
• Wade Ivy is currently an Epidemiologist at the CDC who obtained his BS from Grambling,
MPH from University of Michigan and PhD from the University of Illinois. Mr. Ivy has
taught at Morehouse College and Emory.
• Aketa Wise has attended Valdosta State University, been PTA Vice President and
President for 5 years, and is a Bright From the Start(DECAL) certified Director. Ms. Wise
is a parent and strong student community advocate in SW Atlanta.
• Jae Brown is an US veteran who obtained his BS from GSU, an MPA from UGA, and his
MBA from Cornell University. Jae Brown is a member of 100 Black Men and LEAD
Atlanta. Mr. Brown has worked for Center of Disease Control and Children’s Health Care
• Julianna Morelock received her BS from Florida State and her Master of Education from
University of South Carolina. Julianna is a former teacher from Westside Atlanta Charter
School and KIPP Vision. Mrs. Morelock previously worked for Teach For America as an
advisor and fellow. She is currently a Manager for EVERFI.
• Kamaria Finch is the founder and chair of Harriet Tubman School of Science & Tech. Ms.
Finch is a proud mother and the great, great-granddaughter of William Finch, first
Atlanta black city councilman and considered the ‘father’ of Atlanta Public Schools. Ms.
Finch is a former public school teacher and graduate of North Shore Country Day School
and Sarah Lawrence College. Ms. Finch is an entrepreneur and business owner since
2011. Ms. Finch has worked in the public education field for over 2 decades. Ms. Finch is
also a member of Jack and Jill, Inc.
Harriet Tubman Charter School (HTCS) is committed to student academic success and creating lifelong career skills in technology and computer science for educationally disadvantaged students. The school will open its doors in the Fall of 2019. Those who are interested in serving on the board are asked to submit a resume and other pertinent information to Board Chair, Ms. Finch, by emailing [email protected].
Jason has worked in education for over 15 years as a teacher, blogger and community advocate. He speaks and writes primarily about the need to improve education for Black boys, particularly increasing the number of Black male educators in schools. In addition to blogging here at EdLanta, Jason is also a featured writer at Education Post.