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Educators Who Stand on the Foundation of Service Leadership

As the nation’s oldest and most renowned historically Black college for women, Spelman College’s fundamental foundation is to educate women and develop educators. From elementary to higher education, Spelman has cultivated education leaders who serve the world. In the introduction of the College’s 100th anniversary book, "Spelman: a centennial celebration 1881-1981," Beverly Guy-Sheftall references a journalist’s “assertion” made during the College’s 50th anniversary: “No history of women’s education in America would be complete without the story of Spelman.”
  • Spelman alumna Kathaleena Edward Monds
    Kathaleena Edward Monds, Ph.D., C’86, is professor of management information systems and founding director of the Albany State University Center for Educational Opportunity.
  • Spelman alumna Valerie Camille Jones
    Valerie Camille Jones, Ed.D., C’2000, was recently honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, which is America’s highest honor in math and science for teachers.
  • Spelman alumna Brittany K. Kemp
    Brittany K. Kemp, Ed.S., CCC-SLP, C’2007, is a nationally certified and state licensed speech-language pathologist. She is an Atlanta native whose passion to serve others began at an early age when she began attending therapy sessions with her father, who suffered a mini stroke.
  • Andrea Lewis
    Andrea Lewis, Ph.D., C’96, earned a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate from Georgia State University after graduating summa cum laude from Spelman.
  • Nicole Taylor
    Nicole Taylor, Ph.D., C’2004, is an associate professor at Spelman College in the education department. She earned her doctorate from Georgia State University in educational psychology with a concentration in language and literacy.
  • Victoria Seals, C'91
    Victoria Seals, Ed.D., C’91, is the sixth president of Atlanta Technical College. She previously held several leadership roles at Gwinnett Technical College, including vice president for academic affairs.
  • Celeste Watkins-Hayes
    Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Ph.D., C’96, is a professor of sociology and African American studies at Northwestern University. She is an author and educator widely credited for her research on public policies and governmental agencies targeting low-income families.
  • Spelman alumna Nikki Youngblood Giles
    Nikki Youngblood Giles, Ed.D., C’2000, is vice dean for campus life and was previously dean for Beyond Barnard, Barnard College’s newest initiative supporting students and alumnae as they define, pursue and achieve success in their careers and communities.
  • Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb Speaks at Spelman College
    Teri A. McMurtry-Chubb, J.D., C’95, is a professor of law at Mercer University Law School, and currently on leave at the University of Illinois Chicago John Marshall Law School as a visiting distinguished professor of law. She researches, teaches, and writes in the areas of critical rhetoric, discourse and genre analysis, and legal history.

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Mission Statement

The Education Department promotes academic excellence in the development and preparation of students to be change agents in the field of education. We desire for our graduates to be innovative teachers, experienced professionals and educational leaders, who have a commitment to the improvement and sustainability of schooling and the development of children and adolescents. We support our students as they become critical thinkers and researchers who improve learning locally, nationally, and globally; and are committed to promoting this through the classroom environment, field-based, and experiential learning opportunities.

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