After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in education and marrying my college sweetheart, we eventually found our home in the city of Atlanta. As we approach one of my proudest accomplishments, our 24th wedding anniversary, my wife and I have dedicated ourselves to the raising of our beautiful ten-year-old daughter while working to promote a better quality of life for all residents in East Atlanta.
During the past 11 years I have served in multiple community leadership roles within East Atlanta, the larger NPU-W and at the Cluster level. I am currently fulfilling my second stint as President of the East Atlanta Community Association (EACA) while also chairing the Education Committee. Under my leadership EACA has focused on advocacy for important issues with the city around public safety, transportation, land use and zoning, economic development, parks and education.
Overtime it became clear that my true passion lay with the role our schools play in creating a better future for our children as well as the greater community. I served as the Local School Council Chair at Burgess-Peterson Academy Elementary School (BPA) for the three years prior to Atlanta Public Schools transitioning to a Charter System, where I was then elected as the current Governance Team (GO Team) Chair. Through my role on the BPA GO Team I was also honored to be selected to represent BPA on the Jackson Cluster Advisory Team. Additionally, I took on roles in Southeast Atlanta Communities for Schools (SEACS) and currently serve as the Education Chair for NPU-W. As a committed community member and APS parent currently involved in the Charter System governance platform, my roles have already given me the opportunity to participate in the larger discussion around equity and academic success for all children to include being involved in our Cluster plan development. This strategy established, among other items, the value and mission of our Cluster, our signature program of International Baccalaureate, and the emphasis on creating an accepting and welcoming culture.
I was honored to receive the 2017 Atlanta Parents for Atlanta Public Schools Education Advocacy Award for District 3. While receiving recognition for your work is humbling and appreciated, my focus is always on the education of all of our children. We cannot forge plans that isolate parts of the city or individual groups of students. We need to create greater collaboration between the City of Atlanta and APS, focusing on quality of life and creating safe and productive learning environments. I support strengthening our early learning programs to improve college readiness, combined with robust opportunities for vocational training. We need to continue to elevate the voice of leadership in our schools while also continuing to work toward insisting on increased transparency through program audits. Lastly, I envision a school district that through this transparency increases trust and effective two-way communication that ultimately produces a school district that is approachable, accessible, and equitable for all.
One City, All Students
© 2017 Committee to Elect Lewis Cartee