EmpowerED Georgia is 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on building and
growing a grassroots movement of parents, educators, and community
members to support public education in our state.
What We're About
Bringing Parents, Educators, and Community Members Together.
We believe that ensuring a quality public education for every child involves
informing and engaging all education stakeholders.
Why We're Different
Georgia Grown. Georgia Focused.
EmpowerED Georgia is Georgia grown and Georgia focused. We teach in
Georgia schools, have children who attend Georgia schools, and pay taxes to
support Georgia schools -- we have a vested interest in ensuring a strong
public education system.
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Matt Jones is the co-founder and President of EmpowerED Georgia. He was born in Rome, Georgia and raised
in rural southeast Georgia.
He attended college on the HOPE Scholarship. While in college, he worked to recruit others to choose teaching
as a profession. To get as much classroom experience as possible, he worked at Cedarwood GNETS Program
in Lyons, a school that served students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders and students with
autism. This experience taught him the importance of patience, helping students reach their individual potential,
and the impact made by dedicated educators. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia Southern
University with a Bachelor’s degree in Teacher Education.
Not having desks in his classroom until the third week of school, Matt understands the many challenges facing
first-year teachers. Being certified to teach History, English Language Arts, and Engineering on a variety of grade
levels has shown Matt how teachers across disciplines can collaborate and compliment their colleagues efforts.
Having taught College Prep, remedial, and inclusion classes has provided Matt a broad perspective concerning
the needs of individual students.
In order to help his local school system maximize opportunities for students despite budgetary pressures, Matt
served in three departments – History, English Language Arts, and CTAE (Career Technical and Agricultural
Education) -- all in one year. He also volunteered to bring back an Engineering program that had been dormant
for several years thereby expanding academic and career opportunities for his students. Matt understands the
pressure being felt by many teachers having personally experienced furloughs, shortened school calendars, and
larger class sizes.
He has worked with his colleagues to expand the use of technology in the classroom and served on the School
Improvement Committee. Matt is known throughout the school for working with both veteran and novice teachers
across subject areas to develop and implement engaging lessons for students.
He has taught at the high school level for six years and was named the 2013 System Teacher of the Year.
During the summer, you can find Matt volunteering at many children’s and teen programs in his local library
Tricia Knor attended the University of Kentucky from 1987-1991 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Textile Science in 1991 Cum Laude. While at Kentucky, Tricia was a member of the nationally-ranked University
of Kentucky Cheerleading squad to which she received an athletic and academic scholarship. In 1992, she
graduated from the National Center for Paralegal Training’s Graduate Program with a Paralegal Certificate in
Atlanta, Georgia. Tricia worked for King & Spalding and Komatsu Forklift USA as a Paralegal with aspirations to
go to law school. Currently, she works part time as a Paralegal for The Persons Firm in Marietta, GA.
As the mother of 3 active children in the Cobb County School district, Tricia has become involved in many
volunteer opportunities that involve my children. She was Chairperson of the St. Andrews UMC preschool from
2008-2010 (annual budget $250K), Hospitality Chair for Chalker Elementary PTA from 2006-present, coach and
current Treasurer for Kell Junior Lacrosse Boosters club, former Secretary of Palmer Middle School PTSA and
current Co-President of Kell High School PTSA. Tricia am also the Administrator and Secretary of Shelter Blue,
LLC, a technology company that services the Orthodontic and Oral Surgery industry.
Vicki Moore holds a B.S. in Biology from Georgia College in Milledgeville and a M.Ed. and Ed.S. from Georgia
Southern University in Statesboro. She served as Science Department Head for many years and has been
named STAR Teacher and Teacher of the Year for her school. She taught Science in the public schools for 33
years and was a Science Instructional Specialist for 3 years. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member
at Brewton-Parker College.
Brittany Garcia graduated high school in May of 2013. She is currently attending college in Georgia with plans to
earn an Associates of Nursing. She plans to continue her education and become a RN.
In high school, Brittany was a member of BETA Club, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), BOLD (Being Our
Lord’s Disciples) and is still an active 4-Her. She has been in 4-H since the 5th grade and has held numerous
leadership positions. Brittany finds great joy in influencing the your of her community and encouraging them to
truly “make the best better!”
Brittany feels very strongly about the education system in Georgia and ensuring that all students have access to a
quality public education. Being the first person in her family to attend college, she knows firsthand the rewards of
hard work and opportunity.
Ken Murphy has taught for fifteen years. He currently teaches AP World History and AP Psychology. He is active in
the community and current associate pastor of Marietta Free Will Baptist Church. His two children are graduates
of Georgia public schools.