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Meet Everton

My parents, both Jamaican immigrants, came to Georgia and instilled in us the importance of education. My success in Gwinnett County schools took me from Snellville to Harvard, Stanford, and back. But most importantly, it prepared me to come back and serve our students – in the classroom and in the boardroom.

Everton’s Passion

I’ve been disappointed by our leadership, more interested in picking fights with one another instead of working together to find common ground and push productive solutions forward. As the unanimously elected Chairman of Georgia’s largest school system, I worked with Democrats, Republicans and anybody else to make sure we stayed focused on what mattered: our students. We worked together to make sure our schools were leading for the future and not languishing in the past. As State Superintendent, I will consider every idea and work with anybody who wants our students to thrive.

Everton’s Achievements

After graduating from Shiloh High School and Harvard College, I taught 12th Grade Math and AP Calculus in Atlanta Public Schools. Driven by that experience to focus on policy, I received a Masters from Stanford University and went to work in local, state and federal education policy – including serving as a Fellow in President Obama’s White House Initiative on Educational Excellence.
In November of 2018, I ran for a seat on our school board, and we won with the most votes ever. Later, my colleagues unanimously elected me Chairman of the Board, making history again as the youngest school board chairman in Georgia. We passed the largest budget in the history of any school district in Georgia and created the first-ever equity department to bring academic resources to students who needed them the most. We unanimously hired a new superintendent and worked together to distribute 60,000 laptops to students, 100,000 meals to families and 40,000 much deserved bonuses to our hard-working school staff.

Why I’m Running

I’m running because Georgia needs effective leaders who will work collaboratively to make sure that our students benefit from the best resources we can provide, together.

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