Avis Chester has over 40 years of experience in Atlanta Public Schools. She began working in Atlanta Public Schools in 1976. From 1976 - 1988 she served as a Librarian Assistant/Typist at Drew Elementary, Thomasville Elementary, Coan and Long Middle Schools. She resigned in 1989 after having her 4th child, and later returned as the General Typist/Senior Typist for the Gifted Program at the Instructional Services Center. In 1995, she transferred to Atlanta Technical School as an Assistant to the Office of the Registrar. During this time, Atlanta Technical School was part of Atlanta Public Schools, later it became a state institution, and the name changed to Atlanta Technical College. In 2000, Avis returned to Atlanta Public Schools where she was assigned to Title I department as a General Clerk/Administrative Assistant. In this role she supported six Title I Specialists and the Executive Director. Her current role is an Accounting Assistant.
Avis attended Athens Technical College and received certification in Business Administration. Additionally, she received certification in Project Management: Introduction from Emory University Continuing Education.
Avis was fortunate to work under the first black Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, Dr. Alonzo Crim. She is excited to be a part of the Center for Equity and Social Justice. She believes that all students should be treated fairly and equally. Furthermore, Avis believes it is important to address the achievement gap of our black and brown students in comparison to their white counterparts. Also, she strongly believes in creating an equitable work environment where employees are treated fairly no matter their differences.
Fun Fact: Avis enjoys spending quality time with her 4 adult children, 7 grandchildren and friends. She also enjoys traveling and Karaoke.