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Board of Directors

Julie Steele

Dr. Julie Steele currently serves as principal of Lamar County Middle School in Barnesville, Georgia. Dr. Steele’s career as an educator includes years as being a classroom teacher, an Instructional Coach, and an Assistant Principal. Dr. Steele has been an administrator in Lamar County for the past 15 years.

She remains active in many professional organizations which include being a Community Action Team Member of Ferst Readers of Lamar County, board member of the Barnesville-Lamar Community Foundation, Lamar County Relay for Life Community Team Member, a member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, and a member of the NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals). Dr. Steele is active in her community and is currently an adjunct professor at Gordon State College. She was honored with the award of “Career Woman of the Year” in 2014 by the Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Steele earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Valdosta State University, her Master’s Degree at Columbus State University, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Steele is also a graduate of Leadership Lamar which is part of The University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute.

“Being a school administrator, I am able to see firsthand how important it is to have books in the hands of young people at an early age. It is not enough to simply teach children to read. We have to give them something worth reading and something that they are interested in. We must find that special piece of text that will stretch their imaginations--something that they can make real world connections with.”


  • President/CEO
    Davida Morgan Washington 

  • Director of Accounting and Operations
    Amy Zygler 

  • Enrollment Coordinator/Office Manager
     Leslie Vestal 

  • Program Coordinator
    Susan Vaughn 

  • Regional Program Coordinator
    Debbie Ross 

  • Regional Program Coordinator/Content Manager
    Michelle Maddox 

  • Grant Coordinator
    Kelly Freyer 

  • Project Coordinator
    Emily Pettigrew 

  • Administrative Assistant Publications
    Olivia Ramfos 

  • Database Management
    Glenda Cofer 

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