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 Seminar instructor. Seminar was a new concept, so she was on the cutting edge of developing that curriculum for all students at A.C.E. She served as Lead Teacher for the Seminar department and was a member of the Instructional Support Team. It is because of her experience at ACE that Sonja is opposed to charter schools in Birmingham. Recognizing that freshmen girls needed additional support, Sonja helped form GRACE, a girls' group designed specifically for freshmen that focused on self-esteem, career opportunities, health issues, and an appreciation of the arts. She also coordinated the development of the Student Council and Senior Class Officers, with a goal to mold and empower student leaders to be advocates for themselves and their peers, plan students' social activities, and participate in community service events. Sonja left A.C.E. to teach at Malcolm X College, a City College of Chicago. At Malcolm X, Sonja taught lecture classes in Music History/Music Appreciation and the applied arts class of Group Piano. She incorporated technology in the class using a variety of media. She was selected to complete a coveted Faculty Development Seminar on student learning objectives, active learning styles, and classroom assessment techniques. All while teaching at A.C.E. and Malcolm X, Sonja also taught private piano lessons after school and on weekends. Upon her return to Birmingham, AL, Sonja continued teaching, but merged her passion for students with her love for tennis. During this time, she was the 10-and-Under-Coordinator for USTA Southern. In this role, Sonja trained and hired staff to teach group tennis with her to children after schools and on weekends around the Birmingham area. She currently serves as Project Coordinator for Enroll Alabama, a project of AIDS Alabama. Enroll Alabama is a project that Sonja and her staff built to be the leader in knowledge and resources regarding the Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Marketplace. Enroll Alabama is a federally funded Navigator grantee that has been working with the ACA since the first Open Enrollment. Enroll Alabama has a goal to educate Alabamians about the ACA and enroll consumers in health insurance via the Health Insurance Marketplace, All Kids, or Medicaid. With the main office in Birmingham, AL, there are satellite offices around the state in Huntsville, Anniston, Auburn, Mobile, Montgomery, Dothan, and Selma. From those locations, Enroll Alabama is able to service all 67 counties in Alabama. All services provided by Enroll Alabama are free.

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 Seminar instructor. Seminar was a new concept, so she was on the cutting edge of developing that curriculum for all students at A.C.E. She served as Lead Teacher for the Seminar department and was a member of the Instructional Support Team. It is because of her experience at ACE that Sonja is opposed to charter schools in Birmingham. Recognizing that freshmen girls needed additional support, Sonja helped form GRACE, a girls' group designed specifically for freshmen that focused on self-esteem, career opportunities, health issues, and an appreciation of the arts. She also coordinated the development of the Student Council and Senior Class Officers, with a goal to mold and empower student leaders to be advocates for themselves and their peers, plan students' social activities, and participate in community service events. Sonja left A.C.E. to teach at Malcolm X College, a City College of Chicago. At Malcolm X, Sonja taught lecture classes in Music History/Music Appreciation and the applied arts class of Group Piano. She incorporated technology in the class using a variety of media. She was selected to complete a coveted Faculty Development Seminar on student learning objectives, active learning styles, and classroom assessment techniques. All while teaching at A.C.E. and Malcolm X, Sonja also taught private piano lessons after school and on weekends. Upon her return to Birmingham, AL, Sonja continued teaching, but merged her passion for students with her love for tennis. During this time, she was the 10-and-Under-Coordinator for USTA Southern. In this role, Sonja trained and hired staff to teach group tennis with her to children after schools and on weekends around the Birmingham area. She currently serves as Project Coordinator for Enroll Alabama, a project of AIDS Alabama. Enroll Alabama is a project that Sonja and her staff built to be the leader in knowledge and resources regarding the Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Marketplace. Enroll Alabama is a federally funded Navigator grantee that has been working with the ACA since the first Open Enrollment. Enroll Alabama has a goal to educate Alabamians about the ACA and enroll consumers in health insurance via the Health Insurance Marketplace, All Kids, or Medicaid. With the main office in Birmingham, AL, there are satellite offices around the state in Huntsville, Anniston, Auburn, Mobile, Montgomery, Dothan, and Selma. From those locations, Enroll Alabama is able to service all 67 counties in Alabama. All services provided by Enroll Alabama are free.

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Yay!! Great job, Camari and Green Acres MiddleSchool
02/25/2021

Yay!! Great job, Camari and Green Acres MiddleSchool

Congratulations to our own Camari McCain, she placed first place in the BCS Virtual STEM Fair 2021. We would like to thanks Mrs. Dickens and Ms. Bibbs for working diligently with Camari on this STEM project!!!!

today!!Learn about engineering from Black EngineersRamsay IB High School
02/24/2021

today!!
Learn about engineering from Black Engineers
Ramsay IB High School

Join Ramsay IB High School during their Black Engineers on the Move presentation TODAY, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. View the link here: https://buff.ly/3qSCYMG

It's scholarship season! Deadline is March 23, 2021
02/21/2021

It's scholarship season!
Deadline is March 23, 2021

Scholarship Applications are now available at
http://www.classicpearls.org/scholarships/
Deadline:March 23, 2021
#AKAPIO99 #ClassicPearlsInc #Scholarships

Rep. Terri Sewell
02/16/2021

Rep. Terri Sewell

Today for #BlackHistoryMonth we remember jazz musician, educator, mentor and Birmingham native Dr. Frank Adams, Sr. He played with some of the greats like Duke Ellington, and he fostered equitable music education in Alabama for more than four decades!

🗣Students, get ready!! It’s Talent Show season and now is your time to shine! @ques_alphaphi is looking for 10th-12th gr...
02/16/2021

🗣Students, get ready!! It’s Talent Show season and now is your time to shine! @ques_alphaphi is looking for 10th-12th graders to participate in their annual talent show for a CASH PRIZE! 💰💰💰 Contact details are on the flyer.

CDC
02/15/2021

CDC

Wear your scarf, ski mask, or balaclava over your mask to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
😷 Winter face coverings are not substitutes for masks. Wear a mask correctly and consistently.
🖐 Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol before putting on a mask.
🚫 Do not touch the mask when wearing it.

Learn more about masks: https://bit.ly/30QOzQF.

Posted @withregram • @teachandtransform 🌟SWIPE TO SEE THE WISDOM DROPPED BY MY 6TH GRADERS🌟.I really appreciated Larry F...
02/03/2021

Posted @withregram • @teachandtransform 🌟SWIPE TO SEE THE WISDOM DROPPED BY MY 6TH GRADERS🌟
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I really appreciated Larry Ferlazzo’s article in Edweek this morning about adult fixation on “learning loss.” Having gotten entirely sick of this conversation behind held by people who are not educators or caregivers, I wanted to bring this topic to the ONLY experts there are in pandemic school: Students.
They are brilliant and y’all need to read their words.
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Remember that the notion of “learning loss” is rooted in capitalism, grind culture, and deficit mindset. Standardization of learning is socially constructed and inherently marginalizes certain groups. Folx need to remember that learning isn’t linear and learning happens EVERYWHERE and ALL THE TIME.
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I know there are gonna be some people on here who are gonna push back, so before you blow up my comments and DMs, ask yourself if you’re falling back to the status quo. Just because something has “always been this way,” doesn’t mean it’s right, and doesn’t mean it can’t be dismantled and recreated for the better.

02/03/2021
Birmingham City Schools

Birmingham City Schools

The first semester has ended for Birmingham City Schools scholars, and now we are looking ahead to new opportunities in the spring and summer. Tune in to Dr. Mark Sullivan's latest update to learn more. We are #bcsstrong

Sonja SmithKiwanis Club of VulcanGreen Acres Middle SchoolBush Hills STEAM AcademyP.D. Jackson-Olin High School
02/01/2021

Sonja Smith
Kiwanis Club of Vulcan
Green Acres Middle School
Bush Hills STEAM Academy
P.D. Jackson-Olin High School

Posted @withregram • @bhmcityschools Congratulations to Bush Hills STEAM Academy's Principal Ashley Samuels! She has ear...
02/01/2021

Posted @withregram • @bhmcityschools Congratulations to Bush Hills STEAM Academy's Principal Ashley Samuels! She has earned her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This is a phenomenal achievement! #fullSTEAMahead

Posted @withregram • @_edfarm Encourage your youth // The City of Birmingham Mayor's Office Division of Youth Services (...
01/25/2021

Posted @withregram • @_edfarm Encourage your youth // The City of Birmingham Mayor's Office Division of Youth Services (DYS) @dysbhm is proud to partner with Ed Farm to bring a cutting-edge virtual coding experience to your classroom. Students will learn Swift, a powerful and intuitive programming language for Apple devices (macOS, iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and beyond) and one of the easiest programming languages to learn. Ed Farm has partnered with Apple and adopted their educational curriculum to teach Swift Coding in a creative, cultivating, and inventive approach.⠀
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We invite you to spend an hour coding. Learn the basics of the Swift coding language in playgrounds by choosing from three sessions. See below:⠀
Audience: Elementary, Middle, and High School Youth⠀
Where: Online with ZOOM⠀
When: Wednesdays (January 13, 20, & 27, 2021)⠀
Time: 1 – 2 PM CST⠀
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To register for one of the three sessions, see the link: https://bit.ly/34PGdeU.⠀
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For more information, follow Ed Farm on our social channels (Twitter, LinkedIn, FB, & TikTok) & DYS on Twitter: dys_bhm, Instagram: dysbhm, Facebook: City of Birmingham Mayor's Office Division of Youth Services.⠀
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#EdFarm #YouthFirst #Swift #AppleEduChat #ColorCode #codeclub #youthcode #blackgirlscode #blackboyscode #codingforkids #codingwithkids #birminghamcityschools

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01/22/2021

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Hank Aaron was one of the best baseball players we’ve ever seen and one of the strongest people I’ve ever met.

Whenever Michelle and I spent time with Hank and his wife Billye, we were struck by their kindness, generosity and grace—and were reminded that we stood on the shoulders of a previous generation of trailblazers.

A child of the Jim Crow South, Hank quit high school to join the Negro League, playing shortstop for $200 a month before earning a spot in Major League Baseball. Humble and hardworking, Hank was often overlooked until he started chasing Babe Ruth’s home run record, at which point he began receiving death threats and racist letters—letters he would reread decades later to remind himself “not to be surprised or hurt.”

Those letters changed Hank, but they didn’t stop him. After breaking the home run record, he became one of the first Black Americans to hold a senior management position in Major League Baseball. And for the rest of his life, he never missed an opportunity to lead—including earlier this month, when Hank and Billye joined civil rights leaders and got COVID vaccines.

Today, Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to the Aaron family and everyone who was inspired by this unassuming man and his towering example.

Best #KamalaHarrisDay pic 💝
01/21/2021

Best #KamalaHarrisDay pic 💝

01/11/2021
My Phi Iota Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Soror and BCS Teacher! 💕💚💕💚💕
12/22/2020

My Phi Iota Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Soror and BCS Teacher! 💕💚💕💚💕

West End Academy First-grade teacher Mellina Singleton has earned praise from colleagues and even her neighbors after she transformed her home garage into her virtual classroom. Singleton, a veteran educator with 33 years of service, is one of many BCS teachers doing whatever it takes for our scholars. We salute you, Ms. Singleton! #bcsstrong #virtuallearning #westendacademy

Proud of Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Mark Sullivan for presenting this much deserving bonus to the Board.
12/17/2020
Birmingham City Schools employees receiving $500 bonuses for COVID hardships

Proud of Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Mark Sullivan for presenting this much deserving bonus to the Board.

Below is an unedited press release from Birmingham City Schools. BIRMINGHAM – Employees in Birmingham City Schools will have more money in their December paychecks this year. The Birmingham Board o…

12/15/2020
Know the signs 😷🤒🤧
12/15/2020

Know the signs 😷🤒🤧

Respiratory illnesses in children can be hard to diagnose because they share many symptoms. The chart below lists specific symptoms for different types of illnesses. As always, consult your pediatrician for diagnosis and treatment.

RePosted from @ejdamarvel •GOOD PPL 🌻🌺 BEAUTIFUL PPL 🌸🌹Let us borrow your attention for a second. We want to let you kno...
12/15/2020

RePosted from @ejdamarvel •
GOOD PPL 🌻🌺 BEAUTIFUL PPL 🌸🌹

Let us borrow your attention for a second. We want to let you know about our upcoming Word Up Poetry Festival! @theflourishalabama has partnered with @bplpics and @alabama_arts to bring you a live virtual event that showcases the amazing poetry created by students of four local high schools!

Tune in LIVE on Dec.18 at 6pm to Birmingham Public Library's page to get your ears blessed by some of Birmingham's budding bards!

District 7 Councilor Wardine Alexander
12/15/2020

District 7 Councilor Wardine Alexander

Our District is full of generous citizens—like Wenonah High School grad, Quinnen Williams. He is supporting single-parent homes this holiday season by providing 100 Birmingham-area single-parent families with $500 through the Quinnen Williams Foundation.

Families must live in one of the following zip codes: 35022, 35111, 35020, 35228, 35209, 35229, 35064, 35061, 35228, 35203, 35204, 35205, 35206, 35207, 35208, 35209, 35211, 35212, 35215, 35218, 35222, 35224, 35233, 35234, 35254.

Apply at qwilliamsfoundation.org by December 16, 2020.

Quinnen, you are a true model of the District 7 spirit!

#birminghamstrong #instagrambham #bhamcouncil #womenofbham #birminghamal #bhamcommunity #bestofbham #birminghamlife #bhamhealth #bhamgram #thisisbham #bhamlocals #peopleofbham

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12/12/2020

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Well, Ms. Likely walked across the stage today as she received her Master's Degree. Congratulations Ms. Likely, you MASTERED it!! Your R.C. Hemphill family is so proud of you!!

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12/12/2020

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In spite of all that is going on around us, still we RISE! Congratulations to our Wold Class AP for attaining her NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED status. “ National Board Certification (NBC) is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that goes beyond state licensure. ... The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certifies teachers who successfully complete its rigorous certification process”. This is an intensive process and it’s not an easy feat to achieve. She joins the ranks of Mrs. Baggett and Mrs. Langford as current NBCT members and of at least 8 others who achieved their NBCT status at Phillips Academy. Mrs. Wiggins is one of the smartest, strong, strategic thinking, focused, and caring leaders in our system. We are proud of her achievement and how she will use her knowledge acquired through this process to support our stakeholders and scholars at JHPA! Congrats!

Spread the word!
12/11/2020
100 Reasons Why | QWilliamsFoundation

Spread the word!

Thank you for visiting the Quinnen Williams Foundation. To help spread more Christmas joy, Quinnen Williams, of the New York Jets, plans to serve his community by choosing

Alabama Public Health
12/10/2020

Alabama Public Health

Face masks reduce the spread of respiratory droplets through speaking, coughing and sneezing. Wearing one can help slow the spread of COVID-19. If not for you, do this simple act of kindness for your family and friends who are at higher risk for complications.

Brown Elementary’s December Parent Academy is TONIGHT from 5:30pm–6:30pm. Swipe ⬅️ to see details on how to join.
12/03/2020

Brown Elementary’s December Parent Academy is TONIGHT from 5:30pm–6:30pm. Swipe ⬅️ to see details on how to join.

Don't be like Charlie.  Thanks, Alabama Public Health!!
11/24/2020

Don't be like Charlie. Thanks, Alabama Public Health!!

COVID-19’s incubation time is 14 days with a median time of 4-5 days from exposure to symptom onset. 97% of persons with COVID-19 who develop symptoms will do so within 11.5 days of infection. Learn more about prevention and treatment of COVID-19: go.usa.gov/xw3eT

11/11/2020
Birmingham City Schools
11/10/2020

Birmingham City Schools

W. J. Christian students returned today in a blended model of learning. Even though the school year is vastly different and some students are still learning remotely, we are committed to keeping our scholars and staff safe and healthy. We are #bcsstrong

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11/09/2020

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A group of men on the Putnam Middle School staff assemble to say a prayer for students, teachers and staff. The first week of in-person school starts today for Pre-K through 8th-grade. Teachers are working a blended model with remote students as well. #bcsstrong

Jill Biden plans to continue to teach if she becomes first lady
11/07/2020
Jill Biden plans to continue to teach if she becomes first lady

Jill Biden plans to continue to teach if she becomes first lady

Jill Biden, a community college professor, says that if her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden, is elected president and she becomes first lady, she plans to continue her work as a teacher.

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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?