Dr. N. Jean Walker serves as UWGA’s V.P. for Education. In June 2009, United Way of Greater Atlanta unveiled a new strategic plan aimed at addressing four broad social challenges: Education, Income, Health, and Homelessness, in addition to six specific goals over the next five years. The specific goals for UWGA’s education focus area are: Children enter school ready to learn and graduate prepared for careers, and youth avoid risky behaviors.
The Education Network is one of the three critical pillars for building the vision of: “Atlanta is a place where individuals and families thrive.” UWGA’s very successful work in Early Learning, anchored by the Smart Start program, will continue to play a vital role in building out UWGA’s education pipeline of services. Success will require the full integration of UWGA’s Early Learning, K-12, and College to career activities. In her role as V.P. for Education, Dr. Walker is the lead staff in the 0-21 continuum and will guide UWGA’s efforts to integrate the current internal education segments and oversee strategic implementation.
Prior to joining UWGA's – Education Division, Dr. Walker served as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction with the Gwinnett County School System, one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia serving 160,000 students, 122 schools and 22,800 employees. She assisted the organization in the successful implementation of strategic plans, facilitated and lead district personnel to realize the vision of the organization, and utilized research-based best practices to maximize student achievement and instruction. She also served as Area Superintendent / Executive Director for School Improvement for Gwinnett County Public Schools, as well as principal and assistant principal. Dr. Walker served as a teacher in DeKalb County and Warren, Ohio. Her career covers a wide range of K-21 experiences.
Dr. Walker brings with her a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Mercer University, a Specialist’s and Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Kent State University. Dr. Walker is married to William H. Walker, a central office administrator with DeKalb County Public Schools. They have two children, Jeanine Walker and William (Trey) Walker, whom both work for Gwinnett County Public Schools.