Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Jakeyah Gadson is a graduate of Clayton County Public Schools in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. From there, she matriculated to Florida State University where she majored in Creative Writing and Humanities. While there, she was heavily involved. Jakeyah is a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity where she was the Vice President and Scholarship Chair. Jakeyah is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc where she served as the Scholarship Chair. In addition to that, Jakeyah served as the Professional Development Chair and the Master Coordinator for the Black Student Union. Jakeyah is also a member of Seminole Torchbearers. During her time at Florida State through her involvement with her organizations as well as her comparison to the type of K-12 education experience she received, Jakeyah was quickly able to see the correlation because economic status and quality of public education available. It was then that she decided she wanted to go into public service through Teach for America–where she now teaches high school English in Atlanta. While teaching, Jakeyah sees on a daily basis where the public school system is succeeding and where it could use work. That, along with the desire to grow as a public servant leader lead Jakeyah to join LEE (Leadership for Educational Equity). Through this program Jakeyah continues to learn and serve, participating in initiatives such as the Black Corp Member Summit and the Diversity in Public Leadership Summit. Jakeyah also serves in a variety of capacities in Teach for America–including School Operations Director for the Nashville 2019 Institute.