Sylvan Hills Middle School

CULTIVATE the mind, CHANGE the path, CELEBRATE the success

District 6: Yolanda Johnson
Photo of Yolanda Johnson District 6 Board Member
Yolanda Johnson is a proud resident of the Adams Park Community of Southwest Atlanta.
She is a product of public schools, and a practicing attorney who has been actively engaged
in the community since she made Atlanta her home more than a decade ago.

She began volunteering with the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) when she agreed to serve on a
committee redeveloping the curriculum for the Law and Government Magnet at Therrell High
School. This experience gave her unique system insight, and firsthand knowledge of how even
a small group of dedicated people can make differences in the lives of our children: our future.
She is a former President of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA)
 and served for five years on GABWA's Executive Board.

In her present capacity as Supervising Counsel for the Georgia Department of Corrections, Yolanda regularly
interacts with many of the 55,000 inmates within the state's custody to ensure that the inmates have access
to the justice system.

Through her work, she has witnessed the complexity of circumstances that can destroy the promise of a child's future.
A good many of our incarcerated were former students of our public schools. She knows that education changes lives.
Yolanda has demonstrated her commitment to public education through her involvement in numerous community
activities and volunteer efforts. She tutored students in an after school program during law school. She also participates
in many youth-oriented programs, such as Career Days and Big Brother/ Big Sister. She even organized and facilitated
a citywide Youth Empowerment Summit in 1998 through an Am erican Bar Association (ABA) initiative.

A culmination of these experiences led Yolanda to study issues that impact student achievement, evaluate leadership
and governance models, and examine how schools are funded. With the opportunity to serve as the District 6
Representative on the Atlanta Board of Education, Yolanda will commit the time, resources and most of
all the vision to ensure the promise of our children's future.