We encourage all PAGE members to participate in the annual PAGE online business meeting in which we elect 2021-2022 officers and district directors. This year’s election is open from May 18 until June 4, 2021. The final results will be reported in aggregate to the board of directors and announced to PAGE members online.
Your participation in this election is voluntary and you can withdraw from the process at any point, but we hope you will complete the ballot because it is important for us to receive your vote. Your responses are confidential and data from this election will be reported only in the aggregate. If you have questions about the process or the procedures, you may contact Executive Director, Craig Harper, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once your membership is validated, you may vote on the candidates listed below. You may also view the PAGE audited financial statement and membership statement.
Officers for Election or Re-Election
President-Elect: Dr. Oatanisha Dawson
Dr. Oatanisha Dawson, Ed.D, is principal at Goodyear Elementary (Glynn County) and has served on the PAGE Board of Directors since 2016. She has been active in PAGE Professional Learning, a regular presenter for Future Georgia Educators and as a long-time PAGE building representative. “With experience and extensive knowledge of creating educational programming, planning professional learning and enhancing school and community relationships, I look forward to adding value to the PAGE organization in these same areas. I hold an unwavering commitment to all students by prioritizing their academic and social-emotional needs with a focus on all educators who will be providing these services. I believe that it has been my personal and professional core values, critical thinking and communication skills that have allowed me to be sensitive to the needs of schools that I have led and organizations to which I belong.”
Secretary: Dr. Susan Mullins
Dr. Mullins, an educational foundations and technology instructor at the University of West Georgia, Newnan, has served as the 6th district representative of the PAGE board of directors since 2012. Through her leadership, chapters of Future Georgia Educators were established in all Coweta County middle and high schools. Dr. Mullins has written about the teacher pipeline and education pathways for PAGE One; is a district STAR chairperson; is a longtime attendee of PAGE Day on the Hill; and served as a PAGE building contact for 25 years.
Treasurer: Lamar Scott
Lamar Scott, 2001 PAGE president, holds the distinction of being PAGE’s longest-serving board member; he has served on the PAGE board of directors in numerous capacities over the past 30 years. Scott is Title I Director with Hart County Schools and a former Elbert County deputy superintendent.
Directors for Election or Re-Election (3-year terms)
District 5: Shannon Watkins
Dr. Shannon K. Watkins is a high school science teacher at Paulding Virtual Academy in the Paulding County School District. She has over 20 years of high school science teaching experience and loves mentoring new teachers. She was the Building Representative at North Paulding High School for the past 7 years. She loves participating with PAGE Day on the Hill each year and getting a chance to work with other teachers and the PAGE board of directors to promote Georgia teachers and students to be all that they can be. “Being part of the PAGE Board of Directors has allowed me to enjoy promoting PAGE events and legislative issues so that everyone who is a PAGE member understands what is happening in the education world and all teachers here in Georgia have their voices heard.”
District 6: Melanie Lockett
Melanie Lockett is an ELA Curriculum Coordinator in Griffin Spalding Schools. She served as the SPAGE president during her undergraduate studies at Georgia Southern University. At the completion of her student teaching semester, she was featured on the cover of the PAGE magazine. As she has transitioned from a teacher to an instructional coach, she served PAGE as a building level representative and as a member of the Legislative Task Force.
Her ultimate desire is to give back to an organization that has done so much to help her grow personally and professionally.
District 7: Lance James
Lance James has taught sixth grade social studies in Walker County since 1995. After serving as a PAGE building contact for years, James was elected to the PAGE Board of Directors in 2017. A long-time middle school coach, he is also president of the North Georgia Athletic Association, was treasurer of the Chattanooga Valley Recreation Association and has served on the board of the Walker County Educators Federal Credit Union.
District 8: Joy Robinson
Joy Robinson, a fourth-grade teacher at Lake Park Elementary School in Lowndes County, represents District 8 on the PAGE board of directors. As a board member, Robinson said she will be a voice on PAGE, representing and communicating the interests of educators and students in her southeastern Georgia district.
The life-long learner and participant in PAGE Professional learning maintains that knowing your students is at the core of effective lesson design. “Knowing one’s students and their families gives an educator great insight, enabling the teacher to truly design instruction that caters to each student’s needs,” she recently told PAGE One magazine. “Having a relationship with student families further reinforces trust that the educator will share helpful information about the student and that the information will be received well. When all the pieces are in place and operating smoothly, authentic learning will occur — and with it, the byproduct of increased student achievement.”
Considered a teacher leader and an influencer amongst her colleagues, Robinson takes an active role and interest in education at all levels. In her community, Robinson has served as a member of the Parent Action Committee and the Community Partners in Education committee, which she has chaired. She has also served on her school’s redesign and improvement teams. On the district level, the Google-certified educator has served on the system technology committee and learning management system committee, as well as on the district’s instructional framework committee and advanced ed strategic planning committee. On the state level, she presented at the Georgia Reading Association forum on standard implementation and served on the Georgia Milestones review team. She was instrumental in developing standards-based social studies units for her school leading to proficiency gains. And in her role as part of PAGE’s South Georgia School District Network, she has fond memories of working closely with the late Dr. Allene Magill on Burke County’s district transformation initiative.
Robinson is a career-long member of PAGE, beginning in college. She also serves as her school’s PAGE building representative. “All of my experiences with PAGE have aided in molding me as an effective educator,” she added.
Robinson earned a degree in early childhood education from Valdosta State University, graduating magna sum laude. In 2018, she was named her school’s teacher of the year.
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