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.
Q: What sets EmpowerED Georgia apart
from other education advocacy organizations?
A: From the beginning, EmpowerED Georgia
has sought to inform and organize all education stakeholders -- students, parents, educators, and concerned citizens. We deeply believe that true education reform will only be achieved once all parties get involved and drive the reform process.
Q: With a lot of organizations you hear/see
the label "grassroots" being used. How is
EmpowerED Georgia a real grassroots
A: Our organization's founders and members
are regular people. We live in Georgia, pay
taxes in Georgia, work in Georgia schools,
and/or have kids attending local schools. We
have a vested interested in the future of public education and believe it is the single most important issue for our state.
Q: Why does the organization feel that
nonpartisanship is important?
A: Nonpartisanship is the foundation of our
advocacy. Our founders hold a wide range of
political philosophies, yet are united in their
passion for public education.
Q: How does EmpowerED Georgia ensure
that it stays nonpartisan?
A: We make sure to not label politicians by
political parties. Judgment and commentary is based on the actions/words of individual policy makers and generalities are never made in regard to a political party. In the last race for State School Superintendent, we sought out and received policy surveys from candidates representing all major political parties.
Q: Is EmpowerED Georgia backed by a
particular political party, union, or corporation?
A: No, EmpowerED Georgia is not astroturfed,
but is a true grassroots organization. We are
made up of people from across Georgia and we are only have one paid person on staff. Many of the donations that we receive are in the $25-$50 range.
Q: Is EmpowerED Georgia just a regional
A: Even though our roots are in south Georgia, from the beginning we sought to form a statewide organization. Today, we have
members from across the state of Georgia with strong support in north, middle, and coastal Georgia.
Q: Why is becoming a member of
EmpowerED Georgia so easy?
A: We want to engage as many people as
possible, so we make membership as easy as
Q: Is EmpowerED Georgia a non-profit
A: Yes. We are a registered 501c3 nonprofit
organization. You can make a tax-deductible
donation by clicking here.
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