Ledra_Jemison@dekalbschoolsga.org (678) 874-2402
Ledra's 27 years as a leader in education led her to develop a core philosophy, "Build, supply and support an effective team. Integrate technology and forward-thinking with the proven fundamentals of education to teach and empower every child to reach their highest potential." She sets about executing this philosophy everyday.
"Committed to children and their development," is the personal mantra that has guided Ledra throughout her teaching career. She began as a special education teacher where she had the rewarding, but challenging task of teaching students with learning differences and disabilities. She strategized to teach each of her students in the individualized method that allowed each student to learn. Her efforts and achievement were noticed by her school principal who recruited her to become one of the youngest assistant principals in the Houston Independent School District.
After several years as an assistant principal in Houston, Ledra decided to relocate to Atlanta to be closer to her family. Ledra joined the DeKalb County School District in 2000 as an assistant principal at Ronald E. McNair High School. While in this role, Ledra truly hit her stride in educational leadership. The children came from communities and families that faced historical challenges experienced by many disadvantaged communities: poverty, lack of healthcare, and food insecurities. Despite these challenges, Ledra recognized the limitless potential and ability of many of her students. She understood that with the right teachers and a nurturing environment, her students could achieve. She took this philosophy with her while an administrator at Barbara Jordan High School, Allgood Elementary, DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts, Stone Mountain Middle School and while principal at Flat Rock Elementary and Stoneview Elementary schools.
Achieve is exactly what her students did while she was the principal. Under her leadership her students achieved record-breaking improvement on their standardized assessments. One of things Ledra learned early on is that student success was highly dependent upon parent involvement. She put together strategies and outreach programs to get parents involved. She recruited local sports figures and community leaders to meet with the parents and hosted events aimed at getting fathers involved.
Ledra looks for the possibilities and helps others see the world of education as ongoing, stabilizing for communities and democracy, and essential to exponential advancement. Forward, together!