An Advocate for Kids, a Champion for Change

Dr. Tawana Smith Mattox 


About the Candidate

Tawana S. Mattox is proud to seek the District 9 Board of Education seat in Athens-Clarke County. Her decision to run follows a life committing to advocacy, supporting children in literacy, and helping the young and young-at-heart prepare for college and life.

Dr. Tawana--as she is affectionately called by many--is a native of Athens, GA and matriculated through the Clarke County School District.  She attended Winterville Elementary, Lyons Middle, Burney Harris Lyons Middle, and Cedar Shoals High School.

Educated, Experienced......

Immediately after high school, Dr. Tawana continued her education at Morris Brown College (B.S.), Georgia State University (M.S.), and Nova Southeastern University (Ed.D.).  She has served over 27 years in a combination of adult education and higher education.  While serving adults fulltime, Dr. Tawana consistently spent remaining time working alongside her sisters as the co-founder of DESTINED Inc., a 501C nonprofit organization whose purpose is to guide students in reading, college readiness, and life skills.  She also co-founded a reading program in the Rebel Forest Community in Atlanta. In 2004, Dr. Tawana returned to Athens and is credited as a community activist, organizer, and a collaborator often working behind the scenes, both for events that are designed to better the community and with many parents as an advocate. Dr. Tawana is not afraid to speak up and take action for what is best for our children, parents, and ultimately all members of the community.


Dr. Mattox works hard with any organization where she is affiliated or believes in their mission - To name a few:  member of the Winterville Elementary Local Governance School Team, Secretary and Education Committee member of the local NAACP #5180, an advocate with the Citizens Advocacy organization, Chair of the Historic Hot Corner Festival, Board member of the Athens Black History Committee, and the Community Chair of the Northeast Business Council.  She is also a 26-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and President of the Athens Area Morris Brown College Alumni Association.

Dr. Tawana loves attending spiritual events, karaoke, bowling, music, dancing, the arts, and spending quality time with family and friends. She grew up in New Grove Baptist Church with her "village" - many whom still support her today.  She is currently an active member of Words of Faith Christian Church under the leadership of Pastor Sharon Miller where she is the Youth and Education Co-Chair and Director of Media Services. She is grateful to her parents Joseph and Louise Smith for their undying support and for instilling a passion for caring for others. She believes in the DESTINED motto, "We Succeed Together and It Works."  Dr. Tawana recognizes that success takes many forms, but ultimately, she feels a successful life is one which brings happiness, collaboration, and critical thinking. She believes the success of our students relies upon an empowered and inclusive Athens. Fostering an equitable, supportive community that enables the success of all students and parents is her key priority.


































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