• For questions/issues regarding Board of Education administration, please contact:

    Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
    Lisa Palmer
    706-546-7721, Ext. 20701

  • Board of Education Members

    Greg Davis - District One


    210 Deertree Drive 
    Athens, GA 30605

    Email: davisg@clarke.k12.ga.us 
    (706) 589-5568 
    Term Ends: December 2022

    Mr. Davis retired from the Clarke County School District in 2011 and is now working as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Before coming to Athens in 2008 as the District Family Engagement and Equity Specialist, he spent 12 years as a high school social studies teacher and seven years as a middle school counselor in the Augusta area. Mr. Davis currently serves on the Government Relations Committees chair, the Policy Committee as chair, the Property Committee, and the Early Head Start Policy Council. 

    Antwon Stephens - District Two 

    190 Leann Drive
    Athens, GA 30601

    Email: stephensa@clarke.k12.ga.us
    (706) 666-5609 
    Term Ends: December 2020


    Mr. Stephens serves on the Finance Committee and the Government Relations Committee. 

    Linda Davis - District Three


    167 Peach Street 
    Athens, GA 30606

    Email: davislin@clarke.k12.ga.us 
    (706) 543-2943 
    Term Ends: December 2022

    Ms. Linda E. Davis is vice president of Georgia based Indigo Business Solutions, Inc. and an adjunct instructor at Athens Technical College. Ms. Davis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Shorter College in 1996 and an MBA from Kennesaw State University in 2000. She returned to Athens in 2006 to actively serve the youth in her former community. Ms. Davis is also engaged in other civic and community endeavors such as the Bethlehem Cemetery Society, Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation, Envision Athens Steering Committee and the West Broad Feasibility Study Initiative. Ms. Davis serves on the Superintendent Evaluation Committee, the Property Committee as vice-chair and Envision Athens.

    Dr. Patricia Yager - District Four 

    Riverbend Parkway 
    Athens, GA 30605

    Email: yagerp@clarke.k12.ga.us
    (706) 340-2273
    Term Ends: December 2020

    Dr. Patricia Yager is a professor of marine science at the University of Georgia, where she has worked since moving to Athens in 1998. Her expertise includes climate change, ocean ecosystems, and the carbon cycle, but she has also partnered with K12 educators to improve STEM education through PolarTrec, Scientist in the Classroom, and other programs. Middle or high school science teachers have accompanied her on major research expeditions she led to the Arctic, the Antarctic, and the Amazon River plume. Dr. Yager served as an elected parent representative on the Cedar Shoals High School Local School Governance Team (2016-2019) and has been an active parent volunteer at both Hilsman Middle School and Cedar Shoals High School. Dr. Yager serves on the Government Relations Committee, the Policy Committee, the Property Committee, and the Community Oversight Committee.  


    Dr. Kara Dyckman - District Five


    Term Ends: December 2022

    Dr. Kara Dyckman is a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department at the University of Georgia, where she teaches courses in cognitive psychology and neuroscience.  She and her husband, Shain, have 2 sons, who attend school in CCSD. She was a member of the LSGT at their elementary school prior to joining the Board of Education. Dr. Dyckman currently serves on the Finance Committee as Vice-Chair and the Superintendent Evaluation Committee as Chair. She also serves on the Early Head Start Policy Council.

    Charles Worthy - District Six


    120 Melbourne Drive 
    Athens, GA 30606

    Email: worthyc@clarke.k12.ga.us 
    (706) 549-1509 Cell Phone: (706) 255-7795 
    Term Ends: December 2020

    Mr. Charles Worthy, a retired principal from the Clarke County School District, has a cumulative total of 33 years of service as an educator. He has worked in three Georgia counties, serving as a fourth-grade teacher in Washington County, a Social Studies and Career Education teacher in Jefferson County, and a teacher and administrator at Cedar Shoals High School in Clarke County. Mr. Worthy worked 28 years at Cedar Shoals, including 12 years as a Career Technical Education/Social Studies teacher. He also served as Assistant Principal from 1987 to 1989, Interim Principal from 1989 to 1990, Associate Principal from 1990 to 1995, and Principal from 1995 to 2003. Mr. Worthy was first elected Board President in 2006 and he was re-elected to the position in 2008, 2012 and 2016. He currently serves on the Property Committee as Chair and the Finance Committee as Chair.

    Dr. LaKeisha Gantt - District Seven


    Email: ganttl@clarke.k12.ga.us
    Term Ends: December 2022

    Dr. LaKeisha Gantt is currently president of the Board.  She is a native of Athens who graduated from Clarke Central High School. LaKeisha and her husband, Julius, have 4 children who are students at Timothy Road, Clarke Central, and the Career Academy. LaKeisha earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Mercer University. She earned her Master's and Ph.D. in community counseling and counseling psychology from the University of Georgia. As a previous Behavior Specialist with the Clarke County School District, she has worked extensively with students, leaders, and staff on issues related to discipline and school climate. She has also provided professional development for school stakeholders including principals, teachers, transportation staff and paraprofessionals. As a licensed counselor, psychologist, and certified school counselor she has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Currently, she serves as an Assistant Professor at Piedmont College and manages a small private practice through which she provides counseling and organizational consultation.  She currently serves on the Property and Policy Committees and as the CCSD Delegate to the Georgia School Board Association. 

    Dr. John A. Knox - District Eight 


    225 Gentry Dr. 
    Athens, GA 30605 

    Email: knoxj@clarke.k12.ga.us 
    Term Ends: December 2020 

    Dr. John Knox is a professor of geography and undergraduate coordinator of the atmospheric sciences program at the University of Georgia, where he has worked since moving to Athens in 2001.  He serves as a mentor in the Clarke County Mentor Program and is active locally in leadership in the Presbyterian campus ministry.  He and his wife Pam, a climatologist, have one son, Evan, who attended CCSD schools for 13 years and graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 2014.  His Facebook page for education-related activities is www.facebook.com/knox2016/. Dr. Knox currently serves on the Government Relations Committee as Vice-Chair and the Superintendent Evaluation Committee. Dr. Knox also serves on the Foundation for Excellence.

    Dr. Tawana Mattox - District Nine

    PO Box 80605
    Athens, GA. 30608

    Email: mattoxt@clarke.k12.ga.us
    Phone: 706-461-6678
    Term Ends: December 2022

    Dr. Tawana Smith Mattox (Dr. T) is a native Athenian who has spent over 20 years supporting children in reading and supporting families in college and career readiness through the nonprofit Destined Inc. where she serves as CEO. Her work background includes higher education, workforce development, and technology training. Dr. T earned a B.S. degree from Morris Brown College in Information Technology/Business; a Master of Science from Georgia State University in Human Resources Development; and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Mattox is also a proud alum of the Clarke County School District! She attended Winterville Elementary, Burney Harris Middle, and Cedar Shoals High School (’87). She is very active in the community. She is the Chair of the Historic Hot Corner Festival, a founding board member of the Black History Bowl Committee, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and a member of Words of Faith Christian Church. New Grove Baptist Church is her childhood church where she credits her parents, family members, and other church members for being the village that shaped her to be the servant-leader she is today. Her popular saying as it relates to building a better tomorrow for the children in the district is “We Succeed Together and It Works”.  Dr. Mattox is the Vice-President of the Board. She currently serves on the Policy Committee, the Superintendent Evaluation Committee as Vice-Chair, and the Athens Area Foundation.