MEET DR. TAMERA FOLEY
Dr. Foley began her professional career in education in Unit District Number Five in Normal, Illinois as a Special Education Resource Teacher in 1981. She then moved back to her hometown of Rockford, Illinois and spent fifteen years in the Rockford Public School District in various roles: Cross Categorical Special Education Teacher, Fifth Grade Teacher, and Assistant Director of Saturday School, Director of Saturday School, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Special Education Coordinator. During the fifteen years, she continuously participated in and conducted trainings. She also completed her Masters’ Degree and her Administration Degree. Dr. Foley was awarded with the Golden Apple for Excellence in Teaching, Distinguished Educator Award from the Rockford Branch of the NAACP, Special Thanks for Special People Award from the Parent Council of Rockford Schools, and the For Kids’ Sake Award.
In 2005, she was afforded the opportunity to join Clayton County Public Schools as the Secondary Director of Special Education. As a life-long learner, she has presented to students in Limon, Costa Rica through an invitation from the United States Embassy. Dr. Foley spent a month exploring special education supports and services in Hungary and the Czech Republic through a Fulbright Scholarship. She has held various positions in Clayton County to include Director of Learning Support, Director of Student Services, and served as the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Foley has lead district initiatives such as the implementation of the school-based health center-The Family Health Center at North Clayton High School, Asthma Friendly School Initiative, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Implementation of Kurzweil to improve student and parent literacy, dropout prevention, literacy, and others initiatives that have a direct impact on the teaching and learning of students in Clayton County Public Schools. Dr. Foley has also worked as Regional Director for the Alabama Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities since leaving the school system.
Dr. Foley is a life-long learner. She currently is an Independent Consultant who is passionate about her work and is an advocate of all students.
MEET DR. SHARON WADDLE
Dr. Waddle reside in Athens Alabama and she enjoys country living, beautiful trees and flowers blooming in all colors. She likes sitting on her back porch with friends talking and watching her neighbors’ roses in full bloom while talking about the sweet things in life. She likes to sing, plan parties and create unique ideas. She likes writing because it is relaxing and takes her to a sovereign place of peace. Her best ideas come when she is resting and spending moments meditating and trusting God. Dr. Waddle enjoys helping friends become successful, when they have projects bigger than themselves. Gospel music and jazz gives her joy and lifts her spirit. She is a woman of faith and she believes in and demand freedom and liberty for all humanity.
Dr. Sharon Waddle completed a terminal degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Capella University. She is proud to be a two-time alumnus of Alabama A & M University where she earned a masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology. She worked diligently as a Psychologist for the Alabama Department of Mental Health for 30 years. She is a member of the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychologist, the National Association for People of Color and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
She is founder and owner of Simply Sovereign Consulting Firm, started in 2014 with a focus on inspirational book writing, behavioral and psychological consulting and assisting community organizations with ministry programs and conference planning. Dr. Waddle is the author of “How Companies Manage during the Healthcare Crisis (2012); Simply Sovereign: Birthing out the Promise (2014) and Whisper: Word to the Wise (2016). Her forthcoming book is a devotional entitled “Pray Mightily: Your Prayers Have Kept Me Alive.