Dr. Debbie Alexander of Augusta is the new Executive Director of CSRA RESA.

Debbie’s professional experience includes 34 years in the Richmond County School System (Augusta, GA). She served as a Middle and High School History Teacher, Principal at National Hills Elementary, John M. Tutt Middle, and Westside High School, and as Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Alexander recently served as CTO Lead Transformation Specialist at the Georgia Department of Education.

Debbie is currently a member of the Get Georgia Reading Statewide Campaign Cabinet and was instrumental in establishing the Augusta, Richmond County Reads, GGR Community Campaign. Dr. Alexander is married and has one daughter who lives in Sydney, Australia. Debbie is a native of Aiken County, SC and is a resident of Augusta, GA. Join us in welcoming Dr. Alexander to CSRA Regional Educational Service Agency!

September…Let the learning begin!

I’ve always said that if you can read well, write well, and do basic mathematics, there is nothing you cannot learn and achieve. But as an educator, I know that many of our students do not read well, write well, or have a command of basic mathematics. So what do we do when our responsibilities include so much and students come to us with so many needs?

The truth is we have an obligation to students to address these deficits. Making things better for kids takes people with the skills, persistence, and experience to work together to find solutions. If we are committed to supporting students to be college and career ready, and to at least have a better quality of life, we have to do something. Where do we start?

We start with taking an approach that all children need access to language. For the very young, the message is simple: “talk, sing, and read” to your baby. Every child deserves a strong start with caring adults who spend time talking, singing, and reading to them. We encourage parents to take advantage of quality-rated daycares, preschools, and especially Georgia’s PreK by age four.

These advantages will make way for K-3 teachers to provide foundational reading and numeracy skills with the goal that students leave each grade on or above grade level. Or, when needed, K-3 teachers can use a multi-tiered system of supports to meet the needs of students who are not achieving on grade level, addressing other barriers to learning through wrap around services.

Beyond grade three, our responsibilities move from learning to read to reading to learn or using mathematics to solve problems and find solutions. Supporting students begins with building relationships so that we recognize their needs.

Debbie Alexander

Executive Director, CSRA RESA