“Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself.”
LaTonya Rogers was reared by two loving parents, and two very loving grandparents. She attended the local public schools in her area, and prior to graduating from Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton, Florida, she was accepted to Morris Brown College to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Upon completing her studies, she began working as a classroom teacher, earning a reputation as a skilled and resourceful professional. LaTonya has served the educational needs of our community’s children for over 19 years. Her knowledge and experience will help provide leadership and build a vision all can share in. She has obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and completed a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Educational Leadership. LaTonya believes that running for school board will allow her to continue working and advocating for the education of all children.
LaTonya is a full time educator in the Atlanta Public School System and has been selected on numerous occasions to develop and manage special projects, and contribute to management teams, becoming known for her creativity and resourcefulness. One of LaTonya’s personal goals is to always contribute to the positive growth, learning experiences, and relationships with her students, parents, and colleagues.
The experience of being a former elected official for the City of East Point was gratifying and provided her with the opportunity to continue building upon the skill set she developed as an educator. During her term on city council she was able to work with the citizens of East Point to confront challenges within the city and the Ward she represented by participating in council meetings, managing the city’s financial operations, and conducting intergovernmental affairs. She also developed an internship program in collaboration with Atlanta Metropolitan State College providing students with “real world, hands on” work experience. As a proponent of recreational activity, LaTonya played a significant role in working with the Georgia Park Soccer Foundation to develop the first public/private partnership in collaboration with the Parks and Recreation Department.
She was also very instrumental with the relocation and expansion of Sheltering Grace Ministries from Alpharetta into their new residency in East Point. LaTonya diligently worked on a dedicated green space for the East Point Trailblazers, the first African Americans to hold official titles within the City of East Point, Georgia. She also initiated an employee recognition program to increase morale, hosted town hall meetings to keep residents informed, and attended homeowners association meetings throughout the city. She has also worked on many council initiated committees and task forces including: legislative roundtables, Google Fiber, and the East Point Preservation Alliance.
LaTonya’s mission is to continue the process of school improvement on a much broader scale. She is a self motivated individual and has a deep desire to be of service to her community and to the Fulton County School System. There is nothing that thrills her more than to see our public schools graduate students who are equipped with self-confidence to face life enthusiastically. LaTonya understands the complexity of government and education policy and would bring a unique understanding of the challenges of different types of schools. She will work hard to deliver comprehensive solutions to bring about change and provide results.
LaTonya currently resides with her husband Robert P. Rogers Jr. in East Point, Georgia. The family attends Friendship Community Church were they both volunteer their time serving others. LaTonya is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Morris Brown College Alumni Association, Troy State University Alumni Association. She is also a dedicated board member of Sheltering Grace Ministry, Order of the Eastern Star Prince Hall Affiliation, and a National Council of Negro Women (chartering member), and Asa G. Hilliard Parent Teachers Association. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, thrifting, and listening to music.