Gina Devoe, Coordinator for Equitable Schools & Academics, has served as a teacher for almost 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies (University of Texas at Dallas), a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction (University of Phoenix) and a Master of Arts in Leadership and Change (Antioch University). Mrs. Devoe is also a PhD candidate at Antioch. Her dissertation, And Still We Teach: A Life History Narrative Inquiry of Black Women Teachers’ Working Conditions, Neoliberalism, Gentrification, and the Threat of Displacement, will focus on the intersection of race, gender, class, place, and space.
Why DEI? As a Black Queer Woman, Gina understands the struggles to show up authentically in spaces that lack understanding and acceptance. She has experienced discrimination, isolation, and targeting at different points in her career. Her lived experiences only strengthens her voice and advocacy for herself and others, especially young people.
Why APS? Gina wants to impact the next generation of influences. Atlanta Public Schools is taking an aggressive stance on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Moving from theory to practice is paramount for APS because kids can’t wait! Mrs. Devoe is the host and producer of her own podcast, Urban Teacher’s Lounge. This podcast, a Black teacher initiative, is Unapologetically for Black Teachers, Unapologetically by Black Teachers and focuses on bridging the gap between education scholarship and classroom teachers.
Gina is married with a Big-Blended-Family, two dogs, and two guinea pigs.
Fun Fact: Gina is a multi-instrumentalist who also loves gardening and bicycling.