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PowerMyLearning successfully launched in Atlanta in 2007 with the goal of helping teachers, students, and parents in high-poverty school communities harness the power of digital learning to improve student achievement towards college and career readiness. Our programs address student learning in all environments, including both the classroom and the home. Operating in the most disadvantaged communities throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area, PowerMyLearning has served over 7,300 students, and their families and teachers in 16 schools.
PowerMyLearning’s programs and services in the Greater Atlanta Region include both professional development and family engagement services. Our professional development for educators is designed to help them integrate digital resources and new instructional approaches to facilitate student learning and deepen school-home connections. Our family engagement services provide training for families on digital learning resources and strategies to help parents become more effective learning partners for their children. We also provide families home learning centers, which are free refurbished computers loaded with 40 digital learning programs and preinstalled genuine Microsoft software. In addition, we provide 24×7 access to tech support and internet access discounts to enable continued learning at home and ensure the device will become a valuable, long-lasting educational tool.
By providing key tools, training and support, our programs and services are designed to foster growth in teachers as instructional leaders, in parents as support partners, and in students as learners who can meet the challenge of high academic standards.
Learn more about our Program & Services and how you can become a partner school.
Carol Godfrey, Chair
VP Marketing & Product Development, Southwire
Director of Operations, Kabbage
Business Development Manager, Kroll Ontrack
Dr. John Chrisentary
Technical Support Manager, Given Imaging
CIO, Rollins, Inc.
Software Digital Sales Executive, IBM
Dr. Patty Heitmuller
Director, Program Development, Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement
VP of HR & External Affairs, Gas South
VP of Sales & Business Development, ADAPTURE
New Ventures, Kenzie Lane Innovations
Chief Technology Officer, AMB Sports & Entertainment
VP, Turner Broadcasting
Business Analyst, Cisco Systems, Inc.
VP of IT, UniPro Foodservice
CIO, Yancey Bros. Co.
Fabiola Charles Stokes
Community Impact Manager, Google Fiber
CIO, Aaron’s Inc.
VP of Infrastructure & Operations, American Cancer Society, Inc.
Our staff is comprised of experienced leaders in business, education, philanthropy, and more. We are as diverse as the students we are honored to serve.
Kwame Johnson is the Executive Director of PowerMyLearning’s Greater Atlanta Region. Kwame oversees operations, development activities, and PowerMyLearning’s programs and services in Atlanta, while strengthening relationships with community partners, school districts, and political leaders. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Kwame was the Director of Corporate Relations for the national non-profit Communities In Schools, which is the nation’s largest drop-out prevention organization and fifth largest youth serving organization. Kwame also served as the Director of Donor Advised Services for the Charities Aid Foundation of America and as the National Director of Programs for the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. Kwame has been an active member of the non-profit sector for many years and currently serves as the Board Chair for Center for Community Alternatives. Kwame holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Director, Technology and Operations
Richard Hicks is PowerMyLearning’s Director, Technology & Operations and is responsible for soliciting and acquiring computer equipment at the national level, setting up refurbishing operations in expansion cities, ensuring the quality of PowerMyLearning’s technical operations in all the cities in which we operate, and directing the technical aspects of developing a new image for PowerMyLearning’s Home Learning Center each year. Previously, Richard was a Director of Information Technology at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Georgia where he was responsible for many initiatives to bring the campuses to the forefront of technological advancement, including providing insight for the technology design of Georgia Military College’s new and existing facilities. Richard holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville and an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.
Program Manager, Family Engagement
Oneisha has over a decade of experience in family engagement, youth programming, multimedia design, and photography. Through her work, she combines her passion for educational technology with a calling to serve under-resourced communities. Oneisha holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Colorado State University-Global. Prior to joining the PowerMyLearning team, she served as the Computer Clubhouse Coordinator at Whitefoord, Inc. where she worked with at-risk youth to help them utilize digital media technology to better their community, connect with their education, and empower them for their futures. Oneisha has facilitated training sessions, workshops, and events locally, nationally, and internationally for both adults and youth. Additionally, she is an Adobe Youth Voices Lead Educator as well as an Adobe Certified Associate.
As Technology Manager, Eddie manages the imaging and refurbishing operations in the Atlanta area. He is also responsible for the setup of workshops at our partner schools and manages the volunteer days at our warehouse. Eddie holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems from Mississippi University for Women. He started his career as a Technical Specialist for BTM Solutions where he was responsible for supporting different types of accounting software and for managing, maintaining, and resolving issues related to the local area network, business computers, active directory, business servers, and server backups. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Eddie was an implementation specialist for SAP Business One where he managed the implementation process from the sales stage to go-live. Since graduating from college, Eddie extended his passion for technology by becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional and obtaining several certifications including Network+ and A+.
Personalized Learning Specialist
Shonvettia is a native of Atlanta, GA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in Integrating Technology into the Classroom from Walden University. She began her career as a budget analyst in the Emerging Technology department at Georgia Southern but soon realized she had a passion for teaching. In 2006, she began working in the Clayton County Public School system where she taught and served as the Student Support Team and Career Technical Education Department Chairperson for eight years. Shonvettia, or Shon as she likes to be called, was Clayton Counties 2009 Alternative School Teacher of the Year and led the Business & Computer Science department through the Society for Human Resources Management industry certification. In 2012, she extended her passion for teaching to the collegiate level by working as an adjunct instructor for ITT Technical Institute. She also worked from home as a Game Design & Information Technology teacher for K-12’s Georgia Cyber Academy, serving as a site testing coordinator and teacher mentor.
Senior Manager of Development
As Senior Manger of Development, David helps secure philanthropic support for PowerMyLearning’s programs as well as engage the greater community in our work. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, he devoted most of his career to the advancement of higher education. For five years at the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, David mentored student leaders, developed programs to connect them to alumni, and educated them on the importance of philanthropic support of the Institute. Prior to working in higher education, David taught French at Forest Park High School in Clayton County, Georgia. It was during this time, he witnessed firsthand the crippling effects that a lack of resources has on the educational experience for impoverished students. David is very proud to join the PowerMyLearning team in order to make a difference in the community he once served.
Through the support and generosity of foundations, corporations, and individuals, PowerMyLearning is making a real difference in harnessing the power of digital learning to improve student achievement in the greater Atlanta region. We are proud to recognize the following institutional funders whose generosity furthers our work to support teachers, students, and parents in high-poverty school communities.
- SAP America, Inc.
- Cisco Systems
- Solstice Foundation
- Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
- Zeist Foundation, Inc.
- Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
- Mary Alice and Bennett Brown Foundation
- Georgia-Pacific Foundation
- John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation
- Jackson EMC Foundation
- U.S. Micro Corporation
- Verizon Foundation
- The Wells Fargo Foundation
At PowerMyLearning, we believe all children can succeed when they have the support of their family and teachers and access to the proper tools. In today’s world, it is essential that children have access to a computer at home in order to write papers, discover the rich resources of the Internet, and prepare themselves for the jobs of tomorrow.
Unfortunately, two out of three families in Atlanta’s high-poverty communities do not have a home computer. We will wipe your donated computer or hardware of personal data and convert it into a Home Learning Center loaded with Microsoft Office and educational software. Working with local schools, we provide families with these Home Learning Centers and hands-on workshops so parents and guardians can be effective learning partners with their children.
All donated systems go through a refurbishing process and we wipe all data from your system. You can be confident knowing that your computer has been professionally refurbished by a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher.
Support us by making a gift to PowerMyLearning.
PowerMyLearning is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
You can help students and families in high-poverty communities harness the power of digital learning by volunteering with PowerMyLearning in the greater Atlanta region. Our volunteers receive training prior to assisting us with the rewarding work of engaging families during our Saturday Family Learning Workshops. Volunteers can also assist with our computer refurbishing operations in our warehouse.
PowerMyLearning’s volunteer program recruits corporate volunteer groups as well as individual volunteers. We make it easy to give back to your community, learn new skills, and get to know other engaged citizens in our region. Consider making PowerMyLearning a part of your organization’s volunteer plans.