Dr. Christy Cabezas
Dr. Christy Cabezas was named the Georgia/Alabama District Superintendent in 2012. She began her career as a high school science teacher in 1996 and coached the girl's golf team in Harris County, GA. She was selected as the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) Star Teacher in 2001. She went on to serve as the high school guidance department chair and the school testing and curriculum coordinator for Harris County High School. Beginning in 2006, she served as the District Secondary Curriculum Instructional Coordinator and then as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment starting in 2009.
In 2011, she received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Administration of Elementary and Secondary Education from Auburn University, Alabama. Additionally, she earned her Educational Specialist and Master's Add-on in Educational Leadership and Administration from Troy University. She also earned her Master's Degree in School Counseling and Bachelor's of Secondary Education in Science from Columbus State University where she was awarded with a Certificate of Academic Honor and Outstanding Accomplishments in Science. Dr. Cabezas currently serves on the UTeach Grant Steering Committee and the Institutional Review Board for Columbus State University.
Dr. Cabezas has also been an adjunct professor for Troy State University where she was honored with a Research Scholar award in 2008. She referees articles for the Journal of School Leadership. Her career and research focus has been on identifying barriers that must be overcome in schools so that all students have an equal opportunity to reach their fullest potential. She has conducted and presented two research studies at Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA): a quantitative case study on Remediation in Science at the Secondary Level and Its Impact on Passing the Science Graduation Exam and a collaboratively co-authored presentation, The Achievement Gap between Black and White Students in Math: Is Lower Enrollment for Black Students in Advanced Math Courses a Contributing Factor?
She co-authored a study presented collaboratively at University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) on gender dynamics and the cohort experience in a leadership preparation program. Dr. Cabezas' book review on The School Leaders Our Children Deserve: Seven Keys to Equity, Social Justice, and School Reform by George Theoharis has been published in the Journal of Educational Administration. Her quantitative research study on Assessing Equity in Advanced Programs through an Invitational Theoretical Perspective was presented at the Alabama and Mississippi Sociological Association. She also conducted research on Honors and Advanced Placement Programs: Closing the Achievement Gap and presented this topic at the Auburn University Research Institute. Through collaboration and dialogue with her K-12 colleagues, she authored the District Manual: Response to Intervention that is currently in use system wide. A native of Indiana, Dr. Cabezas has two sons, Justin and Jake, a daughter-in-law, Suzie, and a grandson, Kendall. Her father served in the U.S. Army and they lived at Fort Ord, Calif., and Fort Meade before settling in Georgia. Her youngest son, Jake, is a Cavalry Scout in the U.S. Army.