EmpowerED Georgia is 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on building and
growing a grassroots movement of parents, educators, and community
members to support public education in our state.
What We're About
Bringing Parents, Educators, and Community Members Together.
We believe that ensuring a quality public education for every child involves
informing and engaging all education stakeholders.
Why We're Different
Georgia Grown. Georgia Focused.
EmpowerED Georgia is Georgia grown and Georgia focused. We teach in
Georgia schools, have children who attend Georgia schools, and pay taxes to
support Georgia schools -- we have a vested interest in ensuring a strong
public education system.
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Matt Jones is the co-founder and President of EmpowerED Georgia. He was born in Rome, Georgia and raised
in rural southeast Georgia.
He attended college on the HOPE Scholarship. While in college, he worked to recruit others to choose teaching
as a profession. To get as much classroom experience as possible, he worked at Cedarwood GNETS Program
in Lyons, a school that served students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders and students with
autism. This experience taught him the importance of patience, helping students reach their individual potential,
and the impact made by dedicated educators. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia Southern
University with a Bachelor’s degree in Teacher Education.
Not having desks in his classroom until the third week of school, Matt understands the many challenges facing
first-year teacher. Being certified to teach History, English Language Arts, and Engineering on a variety of grade
levels has shown Matt how teachers across disciplines can collaborate and compliment their colleagues’
efforts. Having taught College Prep, remedial, and inclusion classes has provided Matt a broad perspective
concerning the needs of individual students.
In order to help his local school system maximize opportunities for students despite budgetary pressures, Matt
served in three departments – History, English Language Arts, and CTAE (Career Technical and Agricultural
Education) -- all in one year. He also volunteered to bring back an Engineering program that had been dormant
for several years thereby expanding academic and career opportunities for his students. Matt understands the
pressure being felt by many teachers having personally experienced furloughs, shortened school calendars, and
larger class sizes.
He has worked with his colleagues to expand the use of technology in the classroom and served on the School
Improvement Committee. Matt is known throughout the school for working with both veteran and novice teachers
across subject areas to develop and implement engaging lessons for students.
He has taught at the high school level for six years and was named the 2013 System Teacher of the Year.
During the summer, you can find Matt volunteering at many children’s and teen programs in his local library
Frances Anthony is a parent advocate and the Vice President of EmpowerED Georgia. She has four children
educated in Georgia public schools – two currently in high school, one attending a university, and one a recent
college graduate. She holds a BBA in Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship/Small Business from
Georgia Southern University.
Mrs. Anthony believes all children should be afforded the opportunity to acquire a good education that will equip
them with the tools and resources to thrive in a competitive society. Mrs. Anthony currently resides in Rockdale
County with her husband and their children.
Vicki Moore holds a B.S. in Biology from Georgia College in Milledgeville and a M.Ed. and Ed.S. from Georgia
Southern University in Statesboro. She served as Science Department Head for many years and has been
named STAR Teacher and Teacher of the Year for her school. She taught Science in the public schools for 33
years and was a Science Instructional Specialist for 3 years. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member
at Brewton-Parker College.
Ken Murphy has taught for fifteen years. He currently teaches AP World History and AP Psychology. He is active in
the community and current associate pastor of Marietta Free Will Baptist Church. His two children are graduates
of Georgia public schools.
For much of her career, Jeanette has focused upon improving healthcare quality by educating providers as well
as recipients. Holding professional degrees in nursing and law, she has also served as an academic faculty
member at public and private universities. A strong interest in communications led Jeanette to working
experiences in radio and television. As a volunteer consultant in the arts, she has written for various publications
and currently lectures at museum events. Jeanette's traditional K-12 public schooling prepared her well for
lifelong learning, critical thinking, and civic responsibility. She believes that a strong public education system is
essential for building a strong community.
Jeanette resides with her husband in North Fulton County.