Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Victoria Reese
Victoria Kemp Reese received a Doctor of Education degree from Alabama State University in 2012. Her areas of concentration were Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law. Dr. Reese also earned a Masters of Education in Elementary Education from Alabama State University, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision as well as a Bachelor of Science in Social Science both from Tennessee State University. Dr. Reese completed post-doctoral studies at The George Washington University receiving a Masters of Professional Studies in Political Management, Advocacy & Communication. Dr. Reese’s academic interests include research and methodology, educational law, leadership, American government and politics, advocacy and humanities. In addition to her serving as an Adjunct Instructor at Troy University, she has taught elementary school as well as a English Language Resource Teacher for six school sites in Montgomery Public Schools, and served as a school administrator in Crenshaw County Schools. While serving as a classroom teacher, Dr. Reese was Teacher of the Year at Carver Elementary Arts & Magnet School as well as the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for the Montgomery area. After 23 years of being away from her hometown, she returned and now serves as a school administrator with Jefferson County Board of Education at Shades Valley High School and Technical Academies.
In addition to her academic activities, Dr. Reese also has an extensive background working with the local, state, and national education associations. She was recognized as the Alabama Education Association's Assistant Principal of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year. Additionally, some of her work included serving as a National Education Association (NEA) as an online facilitator for a NEA360 Professional Practice (formally known as GPS Network) Learning Community. The NEA360 Professional Practice Learning Community is an online community where teachers, parents, education support professionals, and other community stakeholders can share ideas and resources aimed at improving student and instructional success. Dr. Reese’s hard work and leadership with the educational association, allotted her the privilege of being one of four special guests invited by the NEA to visit the White House during the National Teacher of the Year Ceremony in the spring of 2016.
Dr. Reese also served as a member of the inaugural team of the Alabama Network of Fellow Teachers for the State of Alabama Department of Education. In addition to serving as assistant principal at Shades Valley High School, she is currently serving as a Peer Coach for the National Education Association’s Leaders of Color Pathways Project (LOCPP). LOCPP is a new initiative established by the NEA using peer coaches as veteran leaders from educational communities to support cohort members while growing their leadership. It is a project designed for educators passionate about the racial and social justice of minorities to develop, test, and model leadership training skills in their local as well as national educational communities. She is also a 2020 cohort member of the University of Alabama Superintendents’ Academy (UASA) partnered with the Alabama State Department of Education. The academy is designed for “Alabama educators who are eligible to be an elected or appointed superintendent in this state; who have demonstrated their ability to make a meaningful, positive contribution to elementary and secondary public education.” Dr. Reese is committed to the wholistic success of all students, and the personal and professional growth of all educators.