Candidate for Fulton County Board of Education
DR. MICHELLE MORANCIE
SECURING OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE
Four years ago, I was a FCS School Psychologist. I retired from that position because I was frustrated that I didn’t have the time to develop the relationships with children and families that were an integral part of my job during my thirty year career as a School Psychologist. In my final year working in FCS, there were two reported suicides at north Fulton high schools. In addition, during one of my assessments with a 5th grader whose family was non-English speaking, the young man told me that he was so angry that he wanted to hurt someone. His performance on parts of the assessment also indicated his rage and frustration. As we continued the assessment, he repeatedly requested to talk to someone about how he felt. At the time, the only thing that I could do was refer his family to a community counseling center. Due to the language barrier, cultural differences, and his parent’s limited time, the young man never received the mental health services that he desperately needed and wanted. Stories like this were one of my greatest frustrations during my two years with FCS. Addressing the mental health of the children seemed to be an afterthought. Now, after two years of academic instability and social isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I believe that the children, families, and staff need significant mental health support to insure that our children can achieve a bright future. My goals as a member of the Fulton County School Board are to improve the mental health services that are available to children during the school day, and to equalize the quality of education throughout Fulton County.
- Location: Sandy Springs, Georgia
- Ethnicity: Black/African-American
- Office of Interest: Fulton County Board of Education, District 7
- Education: I attended Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT where I received a B.A. in Psychology. I went on to receive a M.A. and PhD in Applied Psychology from New York University.
- Occupation: Pychotherapist
- Son: Anthony Chin-Quee, MD
- Staff writer/Story Editor on Fox TV’s The Resident
- Son: Marcus Chin-Quee
- Creative at The Martin Agency
- Son: Matthew Chin-Quee
- President, MCQ Productions, LLC, a video production company
- Son: Anthony Chin-Quee, MD
I have been an advocate for children and families since the beginning of my career as a School Psychologist in 1985. I am a State Certified School Psychologist and State Licensed Psychologist in Georgia and New York. My support of children in elementary, middle, and high schools has included completing assessments for children with special needs, consulting with parents and teachers, providing counseling to children in groups, individually, and in crisis situations, and mentoring School Psychologists who were new to the profession. I was an Adjunct Professor at the City University of New York and had a part-time private therapy practice in Brooklyn, NY.
I am a graduate of New York City public schools and returned to that school system as a School Psychologist. After opting for early retirement from the NYC public schools, I relocated to Atlanta in 2014. I integrated into my new community by resuming my private therapy practice, and then briefly providing Counseling services to students at a Charter school in Atlanta. I later worked with Fulton County Schools in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Roswell from 2016-2018. It was my experience during those two years that sparked my desire to change the way mental health issues are managed in the school system.
I have always been active in my community. I was the founder of a book club/cultural awareness group in Brooklyn, NY. During our 20 years together the group read and discussed hundreds of books. Through my participation in that group, I also started a Rites of Passage program for adolescent girls of color and supported several other community activities. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, I volunteered with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. I attended their national event in Washington, DC, and later helped to organize survivor activities for one of the annual Relay events in Brooklyn. After relocating to Atlanta, I became a “Baby Buddy” volunteer at the NICU of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta/Egleston. This was a wonderful experience and I was saddened when the program was suspended due to Covid-19.
I am the author of a self-published memoir, Crazymaker, which details my harrowing experience with workplace bullying in a New York City public school. During the pandemic lockdown, I published the Twice a Child Podcast, where family caretakers discuss their experiences with parents who have Alzheimers dementia.
Quality of Education – education should be equitable throughout the county. Those of us who are educators are well aware that children in poorer neighborhoods tend to receive an education that is inferior to those who live in more affluent areas. In poorer areas the schools lack supplies and services that will help the children to succeed. In Fulton County the quality of services and academic performance is unequal. The north Fulton districts enjoy a higher quality of academic services and outcomes than the schools in the south Fulton districts. Even within districts, schools can differ in the quality of service based on the socioeconomic status of the community. Fulton County parents should not have to figure out which schools are “good” or “excellent”. All of our schools should provide an excellent quality of education for all children.
Increase staffing to address mental health and wellness of students – In Fulton County there is one School Psychologist for every 2200 students. This is unacceptable for the children and staff and significantly above the ratio recommended by the National Association of School Psychologists. Recruitment of additional Psychologists and Social Workers to address the social/emotional needs of students is essential.
Cultural Competence – in this time of national division in many areas, it is important for our children to celebrate cultural differences and diversity.
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