Eshé Collins (I) is an Atlanta native and graduate of DeKalb County Schools. She is a former elementary school teacher in APS and currently serves as Vice-Chair to the board of education.

Collins was first elected to the board in 2013 and is seeking to continue the work she has been doing while on the board. She is focused on improving equity in the district by improving academics and closing the achievement gap. She added that by strengthening community and city partnerships, APS can create a holistic approach to supporting children.

“I have proven results of the work that I’ve been able to do as a board member. I represent a district where we’ve increased the graduation rate from 56 to 81 percent. We’ve stabilized our schools on the south side by providing a solid core curriculum. I have worked tirelessly to ensure that the community is engaged and informed on everything that we are doing in the district.”




Patreece Hutcherson is an Atlanta native, she graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1995 and currently works as a school counselor in Douglas County.

Hutcherson says her main goals on the board will be to protect the children, the educators and the communities that makeup Atlanta Public schools. She wants to make sure that the buildings operated by APS for the children of Atlanta are owned by the people of Atlanta.

“I want people to vote for me to be protected and to bring back integrity to our school system and to our city. We the people need to run our government and our systems.”

(Pictured: Patreece Hutcherson)

Madeline Thigpen is an education reporter and Report for America Corps Member. She joined the Atlanta Voice in 2021. At the Voice she covers K-12 education for the Atlanta metro region and higher education....