Emily Holland is the Family Engagement Liaison with the Office of Family Engagement in the Center for Equity + Social Justice. Her formal years of education were received from Atlanta Public Schools where she graduated with honors from Frederick Douglass High School in 1989.
She earned her B.A. (Mass Media Arts – Radio, Television & Film) from Clark Atlanta University in 1993 as well as her M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services (1999). While attending CAU, she was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. To date, she is a Diamond Life member.
In 2000, she returned to APS to begin her career as a school counselor (2000-2008). In the fall of 2008, she was promoted to the position of Family Involvement Liaison. Under the Project GRAD school reform initiative, she piloted the district’s Parents as Partners Academic Center in addition to overseeing the Consistency Management & Cooperative Discipline (CMCD) program in schools. Emily’s “why” for equity work in APS is “To whom much is given; much is required.” APS shaped and molded her into the person she is today, and it is only right that it reaps the benefits of its labor. To date, Emily continues to work with internal and external stakeholders to identify the needs of families and remove barriers to student achievement.
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