Dr. Jillian believes that people have the ability to love coming to work; however, it is the responsibility of the leaders to create a welcoming and safe culture for employees to do so.
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APS Employee of the Month
Published The Promise of a Bias Literacy Intervention
Recipient of the Jack and Jill of America
Dr. Jillian Whatley grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. After high school she attended Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama where she received her B.S in Education. Dr. Whatley continued her education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she received her M.S. in Education.
She later went on to earn her doctorate degree from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. with her dissertation entitled Implicit bias as a contributing factor to disproportionality of African Americans in special education: The promise of a bias literacy intervention, which was published in 2018.
Dr. Whatley is the former Executive Director of Student Support Services in Clarke County Public Schools in Athens, GA. During her time, she led the student services division through Covid-19. Along with the nursing division, Dr. Whatley organized 4 large scale vaccine drives for staff and students in partnership with University of Georgia, Athens Department of Public Health and Department of Public Health.
Dr. Whatley also led the district in discipline reform, the systemic implementation of Restorative Practices, and Trauma Informed Practices in schools.
Jillian has co-developed and trained district and school-based leaders on the Equitable Hiring Tool in order to recruit, hire and retain diverse pool of staff. Dr. Whatley developed and implemented district-wide training to promote cultural understanding and competency and a climate of equity and inclusion.
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