Deal Names Tate to Education Advisory Board


Bettina Polite Tate
Bettina Polite Tate

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that Bettina Tate will be among the members who will serve on his Education Advisory Board. Comprised of four different groups of school superintendents, principals, teachers and school board members across the state, these groups will work with the governor to ensure the best decisions will be made for Georgia ’s students.

“With the members of my Education Advisory Board now in place, I look forward to meeting with them on a quarterly basis to discuss how we can continue to improve educational outcomes for Georgia students,” said Deal. “The Georgians on these panels are leaders in their fields, and they are giving of their time and talents to help our state strive for educational excellence.”

Deal first announced the creation of the Education Advisory Board during his Eggs and Issues speech last month: “The minds of our children are our greatest resource,” said Deal. “I am hopeful that by partnering with those on the frontlines, we can make better policy decisions for our educators and students.” Bettina Polite Tate is a Marketing and IB Business Management Teacher at Sol C. Johnson High School.

In addition to her teaching position, she serves as cochair of the Career Tech Department, the High Schools That Works Site Coordinator, Primary DECA Advisor, Student Leadership Program Teacher Advisor, 2011 SCCPSS District Teacher of the Year, 2011 Georgia Marketing Teacher of the Year, and one of the Georgia Top Ten Teachers of the Year 2011. She was recently appointed to serve on the Ethics Committee with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Tate holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree (Cum Laude) and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Savannah State University, and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Mercer University, where she is pursuing her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.

Tate’s community involvement includes membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, founder of Youth of Elite Community Organization and Fully Armored Teen Camp and cochair of the Education Division of the Coastal Empire 2010 United Way Campaign Cabinet.

She also serves on the Georgia DECA Foundation Board. She is a member of Connor’s Temple Baptist Church.


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