Birmingham School Board Representative Sonja Smith

Birmingham School Board Representative Sonja Smith Birmingham City Schools district 8 representative serving all 42 schools & 99 neighborhoods. Sonja Smith is a native of Birmingham, AL. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, AL) and continued her studies at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA) where she earned a Master’s in Music (MM) with a concentration in Piano Pedagogy.

After graduating from LSU, Sonja moved to Chicago, IL where she was a teacher at A.C.E. (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Technical Charter High School on the Southside of Chicago. Sonja started at ACE as a substitute teacher before she was hired full-time to develop a group piano program. This was the first music program in the school. In addition to teaching group piano, Sonja was also a

After graduating from LSU, Sonja moved to Chicago, IL where she was a teacher at A.C.E. (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Technical Charter High School on the Southside of Chicago. Sonja started at ACE as a substitute teacher before she was hired full-time to develop a group piano program. This was the first music program in the school. In addition to teaching group piano, Sonja was also a

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09/06/2021
Honored to be a part of @leadbham !!We are excited to announce the Leadership Birmingham Class of 2022! See the link in ...
08/27/2021

Honored to be a part of @leadbham !!

We are excited to announce the Leadership Birmingham Class of 2022! See the link in our bio for the full class roster.

Thank you, District 8!! So excited to be elected to a SECOND TERM as your school board member. This is truly an honor an...
08/26/2021

Thank you, District 8!! So excited to be elected to a SECOND TERM as your school board member. This is truly an honor and blessing and I hope to make you proud.

Thank you, District 8!! So excited to be elected to a SECOND TERM as your school board member. This is truly an honor and blessing and I hope to make you proud.

Community partners are vital to the success of Birmingham City Schools. When @paesgrowservelead reached out and asked fo...
08/20/2021

Community partners are vital to the success of Birmingham City Schools. When @paesgrowservelead reached out and asked for support, I was able to rely on my relationship with @kiwanis_club_of_vulcan to help them out. Thank you for being a great example of community support!!!

Vote to re-elect Sonja Smith to the Birmingham Board of Education for District 8 on Tuesday, August 24th.

Community partners are vital to the success of Birmingham City Schools. When @paesgrowservelead reached out and asked for support, I was able to rely on my relationship with @kiwanis_club_of_vulcan to help them out. Thank you for being a great example of community support!!!

Vote to re-elect Sonja Smith to the Birmingham Board of Education for District 8 on Tuesday, August 24th.

TODAY!! Get a free movie ticket with your vaccination shot.
08/19/2021

TODAY!! Get a free movie ticket with your vaccination shot.

TODAY!! Get a free movie ticket with your vaccination shot.

Photos from Birmingham Association of REALTORS®, Inc.'s post
08/18/2021

Photos from Birmingham Association of REALTORS®, Inc.'s post

Thank you, @bhamrealtors, for your support in 2017 and again in 2021. Vote to re-elect Sonja Smith to the Birmingham Sch...
08/18/2021

Thank you, @bhamrealtors, for your support in 2017 and again in 2021.

Vote to re-elect Sonja Smith to the Birmingham School Board on August 24, 2021. Polls are open 7am-7pm.

BCS is hosting a Town Hall LIVE tomorrow! Wednesday, August 18th at 5:30pm. View the Livestream link here: https://buff....
08/17/2021
CARES Act Town Hall by Birmingham City Schools

BCS is hosting a Town Hall LIVE tomorrow! Wednesday, August 18th at 5:30pm.

View the Livestream link here: https://buff.ly/2XfEP4f

Watch Birmingham City Schools's CARES Act Town Hall on Livestream.com. Community Town Hall - CARES ACT Funding. 5:30 p.m. - Wednesday, August 18. Dr. Mark Sullivan, Superintendent Dr. Jermaine Dawson Questions to be submitted via the chat section

Was proud to be present at the @nslmbhm when the @birminghampromise was introduced. Congrats to all BCS students that ha...
08/17/2021

Was proud to be present at the @nslmbhm when the @birminghampromise was introduced. Congrats to all BCS students that have benefited from this opportunity!

Was proud to be present at the @nslmbhm when the @birminghampromise was introduced. Congrats to all BCS students that have benefited from this opportunity!

THANK YOU, Jefferson County Citizens Coalition!!Vote to re-elect Sonja Smith to the Birmingham Board of Education for Di...
08/17/2021

THANK YOU, Jefferson County Citizens Coalition!!

Vote to re-elect Sonja Smith to the Birmingham Board of Education for District 8!!

08/16/2021
So excited I have to share again. Thanks for the endorsement @jeffcoprogressiveinc !!District 8, vote to re-elect Sonja ...
08/16/2021

So excited I have to share again. Thanks for the endorsement @jeffcoprogressiveinc !!

District 8, vote to re-elect Sonja Smith to the Birmingham School Board.

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Posted @withregram • @fiestabham 👀 🎓Applications for Fiesta #Scholarships are now open!!! Deadline: Sept 10🗓. If you are...
08/16/2021

Posted @withregram • @fiestabham 👀 🎓Applications for Fiesta #Scholarships are now open!!! Deadline: Sept 10🗓. If you are going to college and technical school this is for you!

👀🎓 ¡Aplica ya para las #becas de Fiesta! Inscripciones abiertas hasta el 10 de Septiembre.

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Posted @withregram • @fiestabham 👀 🎓Applications for Fiesta #Scholarships are now open!!! Deadline: Sept 10🗓. If you are going to college and technical school this is for you!

👀🎓 ¡Aplica ya para las #becas de Fiesta! Inscripciones abiertas hasta el 10 de Septiembre.

APPLY | APLICA AQUÍ 👉🏼https://form.jotform.com/202446492062149

August 24th is just 12 short days away and it couldn’t come fast enough! The heat, the signs, the heat…😂😂😂 Vote to re-el...
08/12/2021

August 24th is just 12 short days away and it couldn’t come fast enough! The heat, the signs, the heat…😂😂😂

Vote to re-elect Sonja Smith to the district 8 seat on the Birmingham Board of Education August 24th!

August 24th is just 12 short days away and it couldn’t come fast enough! The heat, the signs, the heat…😂😂😂

Vote to re-elect Sonja Smith to the district 8 seat on the Birmingham Board of Education August 24th!

😂😂😂Hope everyone is adjusting!
08/12/2021

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Hope everyone is adjusting!

About last night😳 #backtoschool2021

Photos from Wilkerson Middle School's post
08/11/2021

Photos from Wilkerson Middle School's post

I got to hang out with the @hometeammorningshow on @v94.9fm today!! Love those guys. Check out my interview in the repla...
08/10/2021

I got to hang out with the @hometeammorningshow on @v94.9fm today!! Love those guys. Check out my interview in the replay on fb. Catch me in the 7:30-8 time slot.

And get tickets for the @stardomecomedy Wednesday night!

Re-elect Sonja Smith to the district 8 seat on the Birmingham Board of Education August 24th!

08/09/2021

Tune in to V949 this evening at 5pm when I join Chris Coleman Radio!

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08/07/2021

Central Park Elementary
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Yesterday’s Education with a Purpose scholarship ceremony where over $18,000 in scholarship money was given to area stud...
08/06/2021

Yesterday’s Education with a Purpose scholarship ceremony where over $18,000 in scholarship money was given to area students attending schools as near as @lawsonstatecc and @exploreuab and as far as @harvard. @bhmcityschools students are doing AMAZING things and making us proud along the way.

Vote to re-elect Sonja Smith to the Birmingham Board of Education for District 8 on Tuesday, August 24th!

One thing I’ve loved doing during my term was reading to students. I remember this day…I was reading to Mrs. walker’s 4t...
08/05/2021

One thing I’ve loved doing during my term was reading to students. I remember this day…I was reading to Mrs. walker’s 4th graders at @minormustangs and beforehand I couldn’t imagine that age would want someone reading to them. They were so engaged and we talked about the story afterwards. This was one of my favorite reading experiences with students.

Vote to RE-ELECT Sonja Smith to the Birmingham Board of Education for District 8 on August 24th.

One thing I’ve loved doing during my term was reading to students. I remember this day…I was reading to Mrs. walker’s 4th graders at @minormustangs and beforehand I couldn’t imagine that age would want someone reading to them. They were so engaged and we talked about the story afterwards. This was one of my favorite reading experiences with students.

Vote to RE-ELECT Sonja Smith to the Birmingham Board of Education for District 8 on August 24th.

@kiwanis_club_of_vulcan is hosting a back to school supply drive this weekend to support @bhmcityschools!! Drop by one o...
08/04/2021

@kiwanis_club_of_vulcan is hosting a back to school supply drive this weekend to support @bhmcityschools!! Drop by one of four @dollargeneral stores this Saturday and buy some supplies for donation.

@kiwanis_club_of_vulcan is hosting a back to school supply drive this weekend to support @bhmcityschools!! Drop by one of four @dollargeneral stores this Saturday and buy some supplies for donation.

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08/04/2021

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We are so proud of the students in Mrs. Redeaux’s 6th period class for learning the HMS mission statement in 2 days. We challenge all of our students to learn their purpose and mission at HMS!

Looking forward to joining the Kiwanis Club of Vulcan today at noon!
08/03/2021

Looking forward to joining the Kiwanis Club of Vulcan today at noon!

The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan is excited to welcome Birmingham School Board Member Ms. Sonja Smith as our guest speaker Tuesday August 3rd, 2021.

Sonja Smith is a native of Birmingham. She received a degree in Music from Birmingham-Southern College and continued her studies at Louisiana State University where she earned a Master’s in Music with a concentration in Piano Pedagogy. After graduating LSU, Ms. Smith moved to Chicago where she taught private piano lessons along with lecture and applied music classes at A.C.E. Tech High School and Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. Since her return to Birmingham, Ms. Smith has worked in the non-profit and public service sector at AIDS Alabama and the City of Birmingham. She currently serves as the Program Manager for the UAB Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center.

Since 2017, Sonja has served as the District 8 Representative to the Birmingham Board of Education working with her colleagues, the Superintendent, and teachers/staff of Birmingham City Schools to provide a quality well-rounded education for students. In 2018 Sonja, along with other district leaders, participated in Harvard’s Public Education Leadership Project, which is a collaboration between the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School to help public schools improve student performance. Within her district, Sonja has collaborated with area churches and neighborhood associations along with the Birmingham Black Nurses’ Association, the Five Points West Branch of the Birmingham Public Library, and Community Food Bank of Central Alabama.

She is a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, The Flourish Alabama inaugural board, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

If interested in attending, please DM us for ZOOM details.

The tradition continues…Bush Hills Connections ALWAYS welcomes students to Bush Hills STEAM Academy on the first day of ...
08/02/2021

The tradition continues…
Bush Hills Connections ALWAYS welcomes students to Bush Hills STEAM Academy on the first day of school and I love to join them. Parents, students, and teachers enjoyed seeing us.

Vote August 24th to re-elect Sonja Smith to the Birmingham Board of Education for District 8!!

I enjoyed my morning at Sardis Missionary Baptist Church. Thanks for having me, Pastor Clark!! It’s always good to worsh...
08/01/2021

I enjoyed my morning at Sardis Missionary Baptist Church. Thanks for having me, Pastor Clark!! It’s always good to worship with friends that have supported our schools during my time in office.

07/30/2021

Congratulations to today’s Birmingham City Schools summer graduates!! 🎓

July 2018 a small delegation from @bhmcityschools was asked to visit @harvard for their Public Education in Leadership P...
07/29/2021

July 2018 a small delegation from @bhmcityschools was asked to visit @harvard for their Public Education in Leadership Program. We worked alongside leaders from across the country to develop solutions for our respective districts. Two of my proudest results were 1. Developing an academy/training pipeline for aspiring educational leaders in BCS and 2. Creating opportunities to develop student leaders.

To keep the momentum of progress and collaboration, Re-elect Sonja Smith to the Birmingham Board of Education for District 8! 🗳

Wanna make a campaign contribution? link is in bio.

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07/27/2021

ATTENTION: Tonight’s Board of Education Work Session is CANCELLED.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣 BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL SYSTEMS, BESSEMER SSCHOOL SYSTEMS ALL SCHOOL SYSTEMS We are getting ready for our 1st Back to School Gospel Worship to be help at the Boutwell Auditorium on Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 4pm - 7pm. Our target is bullying and for the students to sign a pledge. Plus we are giving away surprises to the students. Parents you or an adult over 21 must be in attendance with the child (we recommend the parents). More infor coming soon. Sponsors and donors are more than welcome to contact me by email at [email protected] or via phone 205-340-6400. Thank you Tomeka Walker "Together we have to make a change"
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I have been around the political scene for over 40 years and I seen the ins and the outs in politics. I would like to urged everyone who lives in District 8 to support Sonja Smith for the Birmingham Board of Education for District 8. Sonja offers new leadership and a newer way in Education the foundation for our children's future and that is needed to make our system work. So I urged everyone to go back to the polls on October 3 in the runoff in District 8 and cast your vote for Sonja Smith. Lets put our Children's Education First.
So proud of Birmingham right now for getting out and voting!!! Proud of my sister and I know she will do the city well!!!!!
One of my neighbors indicated that you stated you use to work at a JC, Junior College and you're a grant writer. If so, which JC, what position(s) did you hold and for how long were you employed? Who have you written grants for? What are your views on Charter Schools? What qualities do you have that your opponents lack? How much knowledge do you have about Education policy and how did you obtain that knowledge?
2) Where did you go to college and did you graduate? What is your highest degree and what was your major? What line of work are you currently in and how long have you been in that line of work? Have you ever been employed in the BCS district? If so, how long ago and what position did you hold?
Hi Sonja. My name is Tammie and I have recently moved to Birmingham from Montgomery. I am registered to vote in the up coming election on Aug. 22nd and I'm currently reside is district 8. I do not know much about any of the candidates for BCS board district 8 so if you can share somethings about yourself, that would be great and I can also influence my family members to vote for the best candidate as well. 1) Where did you attend high school?