CONYERS -- Kimberly Baker announced this week she will run for a seat on the Rockdale County Board of Education in next year's elections.
Baker becomes the first candidate seek a election to the Rockdale County school board. Baker said Wednesday she intends to seek the Post 2 seat on the school board, currently held by first term incumbent Brad Smith.
She is a mother of two children and works as a program manager for Junior Achievement of Georgia. Baker said she feels she can contribute to the school board with past experience as an educator.
"I am passionate about student success and while serving on the school board," she said in a statement. "I plan to help Rockdale students succeed in the areas of career and college readiness."
She has a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Memphis and is working toward an educational leadership degree from American Intercontinental University. Baker said she worked in the retail industry for 10 years before switching careers to education.
Her past experience includes serving as a DeKalb County 4-H leader, DECA advisor, volleyball coach and an instructor with the non-profit organization One Economy, according to the press release announcing her campaign.
Baker's other activities are volunteering for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, serving on the PTO Board at Peachtree Academy West and PTSA Board at Rockdale County High School.
Five seats on the school board are up for election in 2012. Those currently in office and facing election next year are Jean Yontz, Post 1, Brad Smith, Post 2, Wales Barksdale, Post 3 and board chairman, Darlene Hotchkiss, Post 4, and Donald McKinney, Post 5.
All of the seats are nonpartisan and at large.
Editor's note Dec. 8, 2011: A revision was made to this story to report Baker will run for the Post 2 seat on the Rockdale County Board of Education. The information was provided Wednesday evening after the Citizen's press deadline.