Alicia is a lifelong resident of Fannin County, wife, mother, and currently holds a masters degree in curriculum and instruction.
She received her first degree, a bachelors in elementary education, from Kennesaw State University in May, 2011. Upon completion of this degree, she obtained a job as a third grade teacher at Mountain Area Christian Academy, married her high school sweetheart, Caleb, and began working on her masters degree. She also obtained endorsements in both reading and special education during this time.
After one year as a teacher at MACA, she was hired by the Fannin County School System first as a long term substitute, and then as a member of the intervention team at West Fannin Elementary. While in this position, she was able to work with all elementary aged students, specifically in the area of reading intervention.
Not long after this, in August, 2013, she began a new adventure as a special education teacher in Gilmer County. During her three years in this position, she gained invaluable knowledge and experience while working with children diagnosed with various intellectual disabilities and emotional behavior disorders. Also during this time, she gave birth to her first daughter, Gracelyn.
In May, 2016 Alicia was offered a job, yet again, at West Fannin Elementary. She began her work as a 5th grade teacher in July of that year. While teaching was (is) her passion, and she found tremendous joy in her current journey, after just two years, she made the decision to take a break from public education and focus solely on her own children. Her oldest child had been diagnosed with Autism one year prior, and she was close to the due date of her next daughter. The day she went into labor with her second daughter, Caroline, was also her last day of teaching.
Alicia continues to fill the role of stay at home mom, while feeding her inner educator by continuing at home intervention supports for Gracelyn, and supporting Caroline’s, her second daughter, development.
As a continued member of the board, she hopes to offer support and guidance to all families affected by autism and other developmental disabilities. She is also an advocate for early intervention, as she has seen firsthand how vitally essential it is, as well as the constructive effects it can have in the life of a child with autism.