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It's Time for a Plan

 

Public service brought my family to Georgia — I was born here when my father was based at Fort McPherson, and my parents bought a house in Cobb County when my father retired from the Army. The schools I attended growing up in Cobb — Kincaid Elementary School, Daniell Middle School, and Sprayberry High School — set me on a path to pursue my own career in service: first as a teacher, and later in leadership managing finance for a state education department serving 700,000 students. Now, I am committed to continuing my family’s history of public service here, bringing the skills I developed in my career as an educator to Cobb County and serving as your next school board member. 

 

The pandemic has been particularly hard on students and teachers, and it’s been disappointing to see partisanship from our Board’s leaders when our schools need their support the most. Just consider: 

 

  • Our rising third graders have had their education disrupted since kindergarten. What’s the Board’s plan to make sure they are on track in reading and math? There isn’t a plan. 

  • Our rising seniors have had their education disrupted since freshman year. What’s the Board’s plan to get them ready for graduation? There isn’t a plan. 

  • We’ve received over $250 million of federal relief aid to help students and teachers. What’s the Board’s plan to use this money well? There isn’t a plan.

The Board hasn’t even laid out goals since 2018, before the pandemic. So of course there isn’t a plan for any of this.

 

And that’s why I’m running. 

 

I'm running because every family deserves to know there is a plan — a plan that will ensure their kids will graduate from our schools ready for college, career, or the military — like these schools once did for me. 


It’s time for new Board leadership. It’s time to get back on track. It’s time for a plan.

 

Meet Catherine

Dr. Catherine Pozniak is an educator with local, state, and national management experience. She’s running for the Post 4 seat on the Cobb County Board of Education because she believes every family deserves to know their kids will graduate prepared to pursue their dreams, whether in college, a career, or the military.

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Catherine is a Georgia native, and she grew up attending Cobb County schools. The education she received at Kincaid Elementary School, Daniell Middle School, and Sprayberry High School made it possible for her to get into college and excel there. 

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After graduating from the University of Sydney with first class honors and earning a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, Catherine took a position teaching in a two-classroom, K-8 school on the Rosebud Lakota Sioux Reservation, an experience that led her to dedicate her career to expanding educational opportunities for others.

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She has been working in education ever since, taking on roles such as the executive director for the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and co-founder and chief operating officer of a local education nonprofit in Baton Rouge. Along the way Catherine also continued her schooling and her commitment to education with a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Harvard University.

Most recently, Catherine served as Assistant State Superintendent of Fiscal Operations & Federal Support at the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), serving more than 700,000 students. In this capacity, she managed the finances of six state agencies totaling over $5.5 billion annually. Catherine also oversaw programmatic and fiscal policy implementation of Louisiana’s state plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. 

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Today Catherine is back home in Georgia, in the house where she grew up, working for an organization that supports states and districts around the country to design, implement, and scale transformative education plans. She continues to be a certified K-8 teacher and holds a superintendent endorsement.

 

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