Delana is a native of Philadelphia, PA. Ever since she was a third grade student, she knew that she wanted to be an educator. The passion that she saw in her teacher, Mrs. Jefferies, gave Delana a thirst to be just like her. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Delana began her teaching career with Montgomery County Schools in Silver Spring, Maryland. There she taught first grade for 4 years and then moved into a leadership role as Title I teacher. After 9/11, Delana and her husband, Jason, decided to move closer to Delana’s hometown. While living in Cherry Hill, NJ, Delana continued to work in underserved schools as an Educational Program Specialist for Camden City Schools. It was during this time that she could gain a first-hand perspective of the “opportunity gap”. Delana and her husband made a commitment to work in environments that were conducive to building children into productive world citizens.
In 2007, Delana and Jason, along with their two children, Jaden (16) and Layla (12), made their final move to Atlanta, GA. The couple chose to move close to Jason’s childhood neighborhood and landed in 30318. After the move, Delana worked for Cobb County Public Schools for 3 years before transitioning to the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy (the Professional Development Department of the Atlanta Speech School). As a Rollins’ facilitator, Delana’s passion for supporting children, teachers, and instructional leaders grew. She’s been able to support teachers throughout the Metropolitan Atlanta Area and Georgia around effective instructional and leadership practices for the past 5 years. Delana’s commitment to partnering with families to develop world learners, while continually closing the opportunity gap, brought her to Westside Atlanta Charter School. At Westside, she is continually excited about supporting and learning from the children and families of WACS, while working to support all the children on the Westside of Atlanta through the school’s collaboration efforts.
Delana received her bachelors from Norfolk State University in Early Childhood Education and Mathematics; Masters from Strayer University in Business Management; Educational Leadership certificate from Johns Hopkins University and her specialist in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.