As a parent, I love being involved in my children’s lives and in their schools! When my oldest child was younger, I began to learn about the challenges facing our school system. In doing so, I developed a passion for advising and advocating for the systemic change needed to create a sustainable district that, regardless of background, would allow each child to develop to his or her greatest potential.
Now that my children are in all levels of our system, one each in high school, middle school, and elementary school, I am well poised to work at a broader level. With ten years of experience, I understand APS, its successes and challenges, our communities’ wants and needs, and am ready to serve you.
Please join me in my efforts to give the best to our children and city.
As stakeholders, we must attend and engage in order to continue transforming our school system. Believing that schools and communities have a symbiotic relationship, we must ensure that this relationship is mutually beneficial. We must look to our children, families, neighbors, and communities as core texts from which to teach and learn. When we do, we will build a city that values education and everyone’s potential to succeed.
Michelle is a smart, passionate and strategic parent who has advocated for years for our children. As a board member, Michelle would go into this role with an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of Atlanta Public Schools. She has a vision to push more of dollars to the local school level, ensure a high functioning central administration, and bring a high level of accountability to the APS budget. Michelle consistently looks for win-win solutions and is willing to ask the tough questions. Her compassion is unparalleled and her determination to do what’s best for the children of Atlanta Public Schools is why she has my vote.
- Nicole Foerschler Horn, APS Parent
As a retiree of the Atlanta Public School System, I have known Michelle and her children for the past ten years and can attest to the hard work and dedication she puts forth for not only her children, but for all children she has been blessed to positively impact at Morningside Elementary and other surrounding schools. She, I feel, will be a voice for “All” students and an excellent Board Of Education Representative for her district.
- Jacquelyn N. Pass, Retired APS Employee
I have known Michelle Olympiadis through six years of Morningside Elementary and three years of Inman Middle School. I can’t think of a better advocate for our children! All these years she has been actively involved as a parent and problem solver for both schools. She is very passionate about getting the very best for all of our children and knows how to get things done. I am so thrilled that she is running for Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education District 3 because if there is anyone who can make a difference I know that she can!
- Irina Swift, APS Parent
After working under this incredible woman in the Morningside Elementary School PTA I was amazed daily with her knowledge, compassion, drive, and willingness to do the right thing no matter how difficult the task. We all have a calling in life and this is Michelle’s without any doubt in my mind. The smart money is on her in this race!!
- Keith Cyr, APS Parent
Who is the first person I reach out to when I have a question about the Atlanta Public School system? Michelle Olympiadis! She has dedicated herself to not only understanding how APS works, but more importantly, she has focused on improving our public school system since her first child began at Morningside Elementary in 2007. Unlike most parents I’ve worked with at school, she has always focused on the entire student body not just her children’s needs. If her children’s school is purchasing technology, she has figured out ways to bring technology to the entire cluster of schools. This idea not only applies to technology, but to curriculum, budgeting, supplies, fundraising and more. I can not think of a better person to sit on the Atlanta Board of Education than Michelle. It is clear to me that education is her passion. Atlanta needs people passionate, knowledgeable, unbiased and focused to serve on the Atlanta Public Schools council.
- Cindy Phelan, APS Parent
When I heard that Michelle Olympiadis was running for the Atlanta Board of Education, I knew it was a perfect fit! I never cease to be amazed by Michelle’s dedication to our children and their education through our public school system. My son and daughter have been classmates of two of Michelle’s children since pre-kindergarten. The positive impact Michelle’s hard work has had on my children and their educational needs is not lost on me. Her volunteer involvement has been extensive in so many areas of elementary, middle and high school. She continues to be my point of contact if I have concerns related to school. I don’t even have to ask for help, I just mention a concern and find out she is already in the process of addressing the problem. She aggressively works to develop solutions where there are challenges in the public schools, above and beyond what I’ve seen any other parent accomplish. Michelle’s drive, focus and energy are unmatched. I encourage everyone I know to vote for Michelle Olympiadis for Atlanta Board of Education!
- Betsy Appleby, APS Parent