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After serving his country and community in several leadership roles, Randy Scamihorn embarked on his latest career venture January 3, 2013 as a Board Member of the Cobb County Board of Education. He began his first year as Chair, served his second year as Vice Chair, and was elected Chair again in his third year. With a Bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering and a Master’s degree in General Administration, 26 years in the military and 14 years as a teacher and administrator in CCSD, Randy is uniquely positioned to understand issues from multiple points of view. Married for 45 years to his wife Debbie, a teacher of 22 years in CCSD, and father of a middle school teacher in CCSD, Randy shares his loyalty to Cobb Schools with his family. His son and daughter both attended Cobb County schools, as did his older grandson. His younger grandson still attends a Cobb County school. Randy spent three years in the U.S. Army as an enlisted soldier and served 23 years in the U.S. Air Force as a commissioned officer. Randy’s teaching and administrative duties began at Central Alternative School, then Technology Chair at Sprayberry High School, Assistant Principal at North Cobb High and later Assistant Principal at Daniell Middle School. He was voted by the North Cobb faculty as Outstanding Educator of the year. As a staunch Republican supporter and fiscal conservative, Randy pledges to work toward the effective use of money with the retention of highly qualified teachers as a top priority. He is dedicated to the parents and students of Cobb County and works to provide the students with the best education possible.
Note: Randy Scamihorn has met the 9-hour, state-mandated training requirement for 2016
Susan Thayer began her term on the Board of Education in January, 2015. Her career in public education spans over thirty years and includes twenty-three years of administrative experience at the local school and central administration levels. She has served in three large Atlanta area school systems, and some of the positions held are teacher, guidance counselor at Osborne High School and principal of Pebblebrook High School. Other positions include Director of Leadership Development and Executive Director of High Schools with the Cobb County School System and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum K-12 with the Douglas County School System. After retiring from her career in education, Susan has been a realtor and an educational consultant. She is married to Ed Thayer, who is also an educator, and has two stepchildren - Matt, who is employed with Price Waterhouse Coopers accounting firm, and Kim, who is a teacher in the Cobb County School District.
Note: Susan Thayer has met the 9-hour, state-mandated training requirement for 2016.*
David L. Morgan began his first term on the Board of Education in January 2009. He is an educator and advocate for children. After spending more than a decade as a teacher, Morgan made history in November 2008 by becoming the first African-American male to be elected to the Cobb County Board of Education, and he did so in his first attempt at a public office. A native of Atlanta, Morgan earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Grambling State University in 1993 and a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Clark Atlanta University in 1996. He began his teaching career with Atlanta’s Head Start program in 1994, and began teaching English at Decatur High School in 1996. While teaching at Decatur, he founded I AM, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provided tutoring, enrichment and mentoring services to more than 500 youths between the ages of five and 16. The highlight of Morgan’s teaching career occurred during his tenure at the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Academy in Atlanta, where he taught Reading and Language Arts. While at KIPP, Morgan emerged as the only teacher in the entire school to receive an excellent rating for his teaching ability by an independent panel of international evaluators. He later rose to become principal of the charter school and is credited with maintaining academic excellence amid the many challenges the school and its students faced. He is particularly proud of the fact that his school earned state recognition for the greatest gain in CRCT scores during the 2004-2005 school year. Morgan later taught at Lindley Middle School after KIPP closed due to a lack of funding. Morgan is the 2005 recipient of the NAACP’s Education Award. His community involvement includes membership with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Cobb County NAACP. He is a member of Destiny World Church in Austell and is the proud father of Rashaan Khalil and Lailah Camille.
Note: David Morgan has met the 9-hour, state-mandated training requirement for 2016.*
David Chastain is a native Georgian, born in Atlanta and raised in Cobb County since 1967. His father taught high school in Atlanta, and his mother was a registered nurse who also taught in nursing schools in Atlanta and Cobb County. His education in Cobb began at Brumby Elementary. From there, it was on to East Cobb Junior High and then Wheeler High. A graduate of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, the first 17 years of his career were, primarily, in wholesale distribution, affording the opportunity to work with small businesses and major corporations across the southeast and mid-western United States. With extensive business travel causing him to miss many of his children’s activities during the week, he made the transition to the aeronautics industry as a logistics analyst in 1997, where he is presently employed. David and his wife, Lori, also a Wheeler High graduate, have three adult children, all educated and graduated from Cobb schools.
Note: David Chastain has met the 9-hour, state-mandated training requirement for 2016.*
David Banks began his first term on the Board January 2009. David was an information technology consultant and previously owned his own computer hardware & software company for 25 years in Marietta. David was born in Atlanta and has lived in East Cobb since 1969. David has been married to his wife, Kay Hardin Banks, for 48 years and they have four children; two graduated from Walton High School and two graduated from Pope High School. Their youngest daughter died from Cystic Fibrosis in August 1998. David and Kay have five grandchildren, three who are now attending Cobb County schools. David attended Ben Hill Elementary School and Southwest High School ('57). David obtained a BBA ('68) and a MBA ('71) from Georgia State University with a major in Management. David has been an active member of the Cobb County Republican Party since 1992 and has held various elected and appointed offices. David and Kay are active members of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. David was a charter member of the Cobb County School Blue Ribbon Committee serving three year tenure. David enjoys growing vegetables, building RC airplanes and taking cruises with friends. David's objective, as a Board member, is to move the Cobb County School System to a first-class 21st century organization where the best and latest technology tools are effectively used to enhance student achievement, to be aware of employee’s needs, and fulfill the community expectations.
Note: David Banks has met the 9-hour, state-mandated training requirement for 2016.*
After working in private business as a senior manager, business developer and business owner, Scott Sweeney began his first term as the Post 6 representative in 2011 and his second term in 2015. He has served as the Board’s Chair, Vice-Chair, Budget Liaison, Strategic Planning Committee Member, Facilities and Technology Committee Liaison, and as the Board/Community Representative for the presentation of the Ed-SPLOST IV Capital Improvement Initiative. He served as the Chairman of the Georgia Education Coalition comprised of various school district representatives across Georgia which represent nearly 40% of Georgia's total K-12 public education enrollment. Mr. Sweeney has also served as a 6th Congressional District appointee to the National School Board Association Federal Relations Network and as a Georgia School Board Association Strategic Planning Committee member. Mr. Sweeney earned his Bachelors degree in Economics from UCLA. A twenty year east Cobb resident, he is the Sr. Dir. of Brewery Retail & Real Estate for the Pabst Brewing Co. and also serves as CFO for his family consulting business. He has provided advisory services on over $900 million in total capital commitments for commercial properties with an aggregate value over $3 billion. Scott served as a Business Development Officer for Talonvest Capital and as Assistant Vice President with Fidelity National Financial, working with their National Title Services group and where he also launched the firm’s §1031 qualified intermediary services in the southeastern United States. As a partner and senior manager, he has developed and operated nationally recognized restaurants in CA, OR, NV, GA and CO. Scott has served as a board or committee member on national, state and local non-profit organizations. He is a frequent speaker at industry and education events, and an author of articles for industry publications and education within the Cobb community. His community involvement includes membership with the Republican National Committee, Georgia GOP, Cobb County GOP, Cobb County Republican Women’s Club (Associate), and as a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He serves on the Walton Governance Council. Mr. Sweeney has supported local youth sports through his involvement as an assistant coach with East Side Baseball. His family enjoys membership with Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. He is married to Sandy Sweeney, a life-long Cobb County resident. They reside in Marietta and are the proud parents of Gabe Sweeney and Jake Sweeney who attend Cobb County School District schools.
Note: Scott Sweeney has met the 9-hour, state-mandated training requirement for 2016.*
Brad Wheeler began his term on the Board of Education in January, 2013. This is the second term he has served as Board Vice-Chair. Brad grew up in upstate New York and attended Mount Markham Central School. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Berry College in Health and Physical Education and followed with a Master’s degree from Jacksonville State University in School Administration. His career in education covers over thirty-plus years. Twenty-five of those were spent as a teacher and coach. Brad spent nine years in administration at McEachern High School, and seventeen years at Pebblebrook High School. Prior to that, Brad worked in Cherokee County and Paulding County School Systems. Brad and his wife Kathy have two children, Zach, a Hillgrove graduate, and Seth, currently a junior at Hillgrove High School.
Note: Brad Wheeler has met the 9-hour, state-mandated training requirement for 2016.*
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