Founders day

Friday, February 4 | 10 a.m. |

Join us as we honor the memory of our founders and recognize notable alumni with the presentation of the 2022 Spirit Awards.


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Convocation Speaker
Dr. Tonya Chestnut

Dr. Tonya Chestnut is an experienced leader with more than 35 years   of instructional and administrative practice. She currently serves as a   member of the state of Alabama School Board, representing District 5.   Her commitment to educating both the young and the mature is   represented in her present and past service as an educational consultant, dean of teacher education, principal coach, federal programs director, curriculum director, principal, teacher and pastor. Her message of inspiring school and classroom excellence has vastly impacted school leaders and teachers. Her progressive thinking and resolve to move education forward has transformed the lives of pre-service teachers into thriving teacher leaders. She also has been favored to mentor administrators into becoming innovative instructional leaders.

Dr. Chestnut’s reach and service to mankind also extends into   the community: She is the co-pastor of Fresh Anointing House of Worship   Selma and is an active member of the Zeta Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha   Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.;   and the Alabama Retired Educators Association.

Dr. Chestnut is a proud alumna of Alabama State University, having earned her masters of education degree in Early Childhood Education and the Educational Leadership Certification from ASU. She also holds degrees from other universities, including a Bachelor of Science Degree from Jacksonville State University; an Education Specialist Degree from Auburn University in Montgomery in Instructional Leadership and the Doctor of Education Degree in Transformational Leadership from Concordia University, in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Chestnut is a native of Selma, Alabama. She is married to Dr. Coley C. Chestnut, Sr.  Together, they have five children: Tameka, Karley, Tamela, Coleysia and Coley the second.  She also is the proud “Gigi” of five grandsons and one granddaughter.

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