I’m a product of Gwinnett County Public Schools: I attended Shiloh Elementary, Middle and High. When I left for college, I always planned to come back and have a positive impact in the community that gave me so many opportunities to succeed. I’m running for school board because I want to ensure that every student in the county is best served by the education we provide them.

For me, my parents and teachers made the difference in pushing me to excel. Through their support, I was able to graduate from Shiloh, Harvard College and Stanford University. After college, I chose to come home and teach math at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School. Those years in the classroom showed me how much additional support teachers need in order to deliver high-quality instruction each day, and I think it is important that our Board has members with direct experience of teaching our students.

Overseeing a system that serves 180,000 students will be complex, and I believe that educating our students takes a village. My experience working with superintendents and academic chiefs across the country affirms that schools perform well when their parents and students are engaged as partners in the decision-making process. We should all know what is going on in our district and how the decisions that the Board makes will impact our students and their futures. I am committed to using relevant data to inform the decisions that we make on the board and to gathering and sharing information transparently and frequently.

Lastly, I’m excited for what this election could represent for our district. If elected, we would make history by electing the first person of color to the Board - a Board that serves a system where 3 out of 4 students are students of color. In order to make this happen, I need your support. Any contribution you can give will make a huge difference for our students. 

Thank you for considering. And, as always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts, suggestions and questions.

Yours in service,

EJ


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  • Sarang Shah endorsed

    “Everton’s background and priorities make him an excellent candidate for Gwinnett County’s school board. Everton understands that schools are more than just students and teachers, but reflections of a community’s priorities, values, and diversity. As a person of color and product of the school systems of metro Atlanta myself, I am confident that Everton as an evidence-based educator and policy maker will bring fresh ideas and integrity into metro Atlanta’s schools. I endorse Everton’s campaign for school board and recommend lending his campaign the financial support it needs to win this November.”

  • Adrienne Smallwood endorsed

    “Everton has been a champion and advocate for education as long as I have known him. I admire him for his dedication to our youth and to his home in Gwinnett County. I am so excited to see the good that he will accomplish for the Gwinnett County School Board!”

  • Beatrice Hardee endorsed

    “I know his character, family, heart for the students no matter what county and his work ethic. He would make a positive impact on our community and students. God bless him!”

  • Matielyn Jones endorsed

    “I look forward to Mr. Blair making history in Gwinnett County.”

  • Mike Shaw endorsed

    “I support Everton Blair he is doing amazing things for the school system to further enhance and educate our youth of tomorrow, this is what matters in the end.”

  • Simone Sheppard endorsed

    “Everton has a proven track record of success, an “A+” mind, educator experience and passion for school improvement initiatives. He is all in for our students and I’m all in for him!”

  • DjReese Newbold endorsed

    “Everton is an outstanding indivudual and has always been driven and committed to anything he puts his mind to. He will make a difference and give his all, and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for Gwinnett County!”

  • Olamide Olatunji endorsed

    “I support Everton Blair because of his demonstrated commitment to excellence and education. From teaching to providing invaluable resources to school administrations across the country, Everton is dedicated to transforming the system of education. I have no doubt he will do just that.”

  • Dorien Paul endorsed

    “Like campaigns matter, representation absolutely matters. I have no doubt that Everton will represent the best interests of the students in Gwinnett County today and in the future. #VoteEverton”

  • Atasha Jordan endorsed

    “EJ has been committed to addressing education inequity since I met him 8 years ago. I'm excited to see all that he will accomplish if elected as a School Board member of Gwinnett County.”

January 7, 2018

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  • Kenneth Orons endorsed

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  • Christy Mae LaMorte endorsed

  • Sarang Shah endorsed

    “Everton’s background and priorities make him an excellent candidate for Gwinnett County’s school board. Everton understands that schools are more than just students and teachers, but reflections of a community’s priorities, values, and diversity. As a person of color and product of the school systems of metro Atlanta myself, I am confident that Everton as an evidence-based educator and policy maker will bring fresh ideas and integrity into metro Atlanta’s schools. I endorse Everton’s campaign for school board and recommend lending his campaign the financial support it needs to win this November.”

  • Dr. Adrienne Smallwood endorsed

  • Adrienne Smallwood endorsed

    “Everton has been a champion and advocate for education as long as I have known him. I admire him for his dedication to our youth and to his home in Gwinnett County. I am so excited to see the good that he will accomplish for the Gwinnett County School Board!”

  • Nigel Deen endorsed

  • Desmond Mitchell endorsed

  • Jemma Jordan endorsed

  • Mariam Braimah endorsed

  • Beatrice Hardee endorsed

    “I know his character, family, heart for the students no matter what county and his work ethic. He would make a positive impact on our community and students. God bless him!”

  • jae jones endorsed

  • Matielyn Jones endorsed

    “I look forward to Mr. Blair making history in Gwinnett County.”

  • Eric Hamilton endorsed

  • Haywood Perry endorsed

  • Mike Shaw endorsed

    “I support Everton Blair he is doing amazing things for the school system to further enhance and educate our youth of tomorrow, this is what matters in the end.”

  • Simone Sheppard endorsed

    “Everton has a proven track record of success, an “A+” mind, educator experience and passion for school improvement initiatives. He is all in for our students and I’m all in for him!”

  • DjReese Newbold endorsed

    “Everton is an outstanding indivudual and has always been driven and committed to anything he puts his mind to. He will make a difference and give his all, and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for Gwinnett County!”

  • Olamide Olatunji endorsed

    “I support Everton Blair because of his demonstrated commitment to excellence and education. From teaching to providing invaluable resources to school administrations across the country, Everton is dedicated to transforming the system of education. I have no doubt he will do just that.”

  • Emily Wharton endorsed

  • Dorien Paul endorsed

    “Like campaigns matter, representation absolutely matters. I have no doubt that Everton will represent the best interests of the students in Gwinnett County today and in the future. #VoteEverton”

  • Atasha Jordan endorsed

    “EJ has been committed to addressing education inequity since I met him 8 years ago. I'm excited to see all that he will accomplish if elected as a School Board member of Gwinnett County.”

  • Kevin Crouch endorsed

    “EJ is deeply intelligent,thoughtful and principled. He understands education and he cares about kids.”

  • Ainsley Faux endorsed

  • Roxana Shirkhoda endorsed

    “EJ is brilliant beyond measure. I am confident he will bring his tenacity and passion for education to the Board, while serving as an inspiration to students across the district.”

  • Priscilla McHam endorsed

    “EJ showed great promise and a natural curiosity about learning as a young and gifted 4th grader. Not surprising that his path leads to leadership and service to a community he loves dearly!”

  • Van Marco Francillon endorsed

  • Robin Minyard endorsed

  • Mikhel Alexander endorsed

    “Education reform is going to require new and innovative ideas.”

  • Marcia Lovelyy endorsed

    “For us, from us ! Support EJ in making our community a better place for our children.”