Meet the CEO   17 comments

Monise Seward is a mother, (former) home school and public school Special Education teacher, freelance writer, and self-proclaimed Parent Advocate for (accessible) School Choice, Arts-Education, and diversity. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in History with a concentration in African American Studies. Monise is completing requirements for the Ed.D. in K-12 Educational Leadership.

For the past 2.5 years Monise has been developing and revising plans for a (tuition-free) K-12 Visual & Performing Arts Charter School in Snellville, GA. Monise is also currently conducting research for two forthcoming books: one chronicling her experiences as a teacher and the other on the lifelong benefits of well-supported arts programs in public schools.

Monise is the Atlanta Education Reform writer for, where she covers topics related directly to Education in the metro-Atlanta area. You can also view her education contributions to the blog.

Posted October 15, 2009 by moniseseward

17 responses to “Meet the CEO

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  1. Monise,

    I especially like book idea number two. Did you write it already?


  2. Ms. Seward,

    I applaud your excellence and commitment to preserving and providing equity in public education. As a fellow education scholar and aspiring education entrepreneur I am thankful to hear your story. I look forward to the dialogue!

    Warm regards,

    Charles H.F. Davis III
    University of Pennsylvania
    Graduate School of Education
    M.S.Ed 2010 / Ph.D. 2012

    • Thank you! We definitely need to keep in touch. There are several people on Twitter who aspire to do great things to bring actual equity to public education, with regard to leadership as opposed to solely in the classroom.


  3. I just left a comment on your latest post and came here in hopes to a shortcut to your twitter account 🙂 And now, as your passion screams through your about page, I am even more excited about the potential for further conversation. I so appreciate your candor and commitment to get important conversations out in the open. Thank you.


  4. when do you think this charter school will be up and running? I work at a performing arts hs and I can’t wait to read/see more on what this school will do.

    • Probably not until 2012 unless we can raise funding to open as an independent school, which I prefer because then we can avoid all local politics, create our own curriculum, and eliminate some of the state tests. I will keep you posted!

  5. I have worked to teach economically disadvantedged students how to study and succeed in K12 schools and colleges. I’ve written three books, the Seven Secrets of How to Study, the Parent’s Ultimate education Guide and the Ultimate Scholarship Guide. If there is any way that I can assist you feel free to call me at 610-842-3843.

  6. Monise,

    I’m a homeschool father of 4 from Athens, GA that has developed a website that allows you to file your Declaration of Intent and monthly homeschool attendance records online. A number of families signed up last year and now I’m trying to get the word out to other counties (prior to the Declaration of Intent Sept 1 deadline).

    The site is easy to use and a huge time-saver! Once you sign up you’ll be able to file your monthly attendance in less than 1 minute. It emails you reminders on the 1st of each month and even sends you a return receipt email when the school district opens your report.

    Here’s the link:

    I had some difficulties with Cobb county and possibly Fulton. I’m wondering if you might be a help to me by writing an article about the site and the challenges of working with the local school districts?

    Here’s my number:

    Scott Meadows

  7. I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet with you. I admire you passion. You will always be in my prayers. You are definitely fighting the good fight. I look forward to your future blogs.

  8. I think you’re onto something really great. You have some quality content on Examiner. I hope you can bridge the gap between students, parents and teachers. I think kids have a lot to say and don’t always have the platform to talk without being judged, especially kids in high school because we ALL think we know everything by the time we have “teen” anywhere in our ages. Nice to meet you on Twitter.

  9. What neither mother nor father, nor any relative can do, a well-directed mind does and thereby elevates one.


  10. Monise, I hadn’t realized you were creating an arts-focused charter school! Wish we were in the same area so that i could help you design and plan and maybe teach there. I’m going to send you my resume as an early childhood arts-focus educator. Be Well!

  11. Very Helpful Information on your site. Thanks

  12. Interesting ideas.

  13. Greetings, Monise.

    Have you seen this article?
    Season’s Greetings : ).

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