(May 4, 2018) – Atlanta Board of Education District 5, Board Member Erika Y. Mitchell announced the appointment of the District 5 Equity Taskforce Advisory Committee: Shemkia Wade, public school teacher and the founder of Youth Science Academy, Inc. a nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing youth to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
With Wade appointment to Equity Taskforce Advisory Committee, the Committee is now comprised of 9 people, who will serve on this committee and work with Atlanta Board of Education’s Equity Taskforce to develop a proposed Equity Policy for Atlanta Public Schools. The Committee members will provide recommendations on how to address equity and inequity across the district along opportunities and challenges in 21st century of education.
“I believe that infusing community input and involvement into our Equity Taskforce Advisory Committee, we can interactions with the general public and community groups which will help us gain the knowledge we need to solve the complex problems of inequity and equity. The members of our Equity Taskforce Advisory Committee are essential to help us connect with our community and community leaders to achieve this vision. I am thrilled to welcome Shemkia Ward to our Committee,” said Board Member Mitchell.
Shamekia Wade moved from Americus, Georgia to Atlanta to pursue her educational studies and is currently approaching her 5th year as an educator for Fulton County School District. Shamekia’s insight is too insure that each and every child is exposed to the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, by urging them to pursue their dreams and become lifelong learners. Shamekia has worked with both middle and high school students in South Fulton. Shamekia is the founder of Youth Science Academy, Inc. a nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing youth to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Shamekia organized the first STEM Club and STEM Festival at Hapeville Charter Middle School granting the first STEM experience for majority of the student population. Shamekia also has experience teaching both advanced and non-advanced classes and understands the disparities that students face daily.
Shamekia loves volunteering in the community and is a devoted member of Cornerstone Community Baptist Church.
Bachelor of Science in Biology; Kennesaw State University
Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Science; Clark Atlanta University
Doctorate of Educational Leadership; Clark Atlanta University (May 2019)
Youth Science Academy, Inc.
Home page URL: www.youthscienceacademy.org