Favorite Quote: Fear is the mind killer. Let it pass through you. Lakeshia Wheeler is a freelance graphic design and owner of Keekee360 Design a graphic design firm located in Huntsville, Al that serves clients all over the world. Lakeshia helps entrepreneurs bring their dreams to reality. Lakeshia is a fifteen year veteran of using print and web technologies to build relationships for business, organizations and individuals. She speaks, blogs, writes articles and make media of all kinds at keekee360design.com. Ms. Wheeler is creative. She is art. Lakeshia aka Keekee formally studied art in Huntsville, Alabama were she received a B.S. degree [...]
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Native Alabamian, Latrice Johnson has experience hands on the pros and cons of the state. Born the fifth and the last child, she has experience generations of changes in our school system. Miss Latrice has been volunteering for Black Alabamians 4 Education for many years. She has also volunteered for other community organizations. Latrice is the owner of The Valtina Business LLC which employs people with disabilities to work from home. She is also a co-owner of B.R.G.W Trucking and Keiyotrice Solutions. Her hobbies is candle making, writing short stories and books, and also DYI projects. Her passion is helping the [...]
A native of Dothan, Alabama, Christa is a proud graduate of Tuskegee Institute. Upon graduating from Tuskegee Institute, Christa spent over 15 years in corporate America. She soon recognized that giving back is rewarding and most impactful, which led her to community work within the inner city around Computer Literacy. In this work, it became apparent quickly that many children were in need of computer literacy but also basic literacy including reading and writing. She immediately began seeking out organizations that she could serve with in the community to offer direct solutions to literacy as a whole. It was then in [...]
As a transformational Educational Leader, LaShundra is a highly-motivated and purposely driven Practitioner with a passionate commitment to student development and the learning experience; skilled in the design of challenging, enriching and innovative activities that address the diverse interests and needs of students; possess outstanding communication skills; presenting information in various facets, collaborating with team members and establishing productive & efficient relationships with students, parents, and all other stakeholders. LaShundra, also known as the Destiny Coach, is the proud Founder & Senior Strategist of the Destiny House, a non-profit organization that connects the school, business and community sectors to provide practical [...]
Ashlee Taylor is a licensed attorney and entrepreneur who holds a Bachelor's in Business Management and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as a Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law. Ashlee Taylor is a fervent advocate for high quality education options, and the economic advancement of the Black Community. Known amongst her colleagues as a visionary, she takes great pride in doing meaningful work to make an impact for the betterment of our youth and the community as a whole.
Alabama School Choice Roadmap By: National School Choice Week Team Choosing a school? You’ve got options. Choosing where your child goes to school is one of the biggest decisions you face. While it may feel intimidating to navigate your school options in Alabama and make a choice, you can do it! And remember, every child is unique. So, the “best” school for your child may look different than the “best” school for your neighbor’s child. A good starting point for choosing a school is knowing your options. That’s why this post will break down the six main learning environments available in [...]
by Tanesha Peeples June 10, 2022 Magic City Acceptance Academy, located in Homewood, Alabama, is the country’s first LGBTQ+ affirming charter school. The academy first opened its doors in 2021 with a mission to facilitate a community in which all learners are empowered to embrace education, achieve individual success, and take ownership of their future in a brave, LGBTQ-affirming learning environment. With 240 youth currently enrolled, the student body consists of young people who identify as trans, gay, straight, bisexual, queer and gender-neutral. Students report coming to the school seeking refuge from bullying and a space where they can be themselves. [...]
Public charter schools are tuition-free public schools that have the freedom to meet the unique needs of their students. In this video, we address three common myths you might have heard about these schools. Learn more about school choice at www.ExcelinEd.org/OLH
Unlike traditional public schools, public charter schools are run independently of school districts operating under a performance contract—or charter—with an authorizer. These entities are important, ensuring charter schools fulfill their mission. The most common public charter school authorizers are local school districts, which account for about 90 percent of all authorizers. The types of authorizers allowed vary by state law, and they can be a school district, the state, a university, or another approved entity. Learn more about charter schools at www.ExcelinEd.org/opportunity/charter-schools/
~ we are leaping into the year 2021 with motivation lead by Prosperity and Purpose! We are seeking to create more partnerships that will yield us the opportunity to expand our staff and deepen the footprint of our work across the state. We are incredibly excited to have received a $25,000.00 Grant from the Best Buy Foundation to launch “Closing the Gap Phase II”! Phase II is going to afford us the opportunity to purchase additional devices to give away to support remote/virtual learning, create safe space sites for students to access internet services and support families financially with in-home internet [...]