#

Sylvia is a 28-year veteran in the field of education. From her first assignment as a gifted teacher who, in her first year of service, received honorable mention from Teacher Magazine, to her twenty-seventh as Deputy Superintendent for School Turnaround for the State of Georgia, Sylvia has successfully facilitated the removal of nine of the state’s lowest performing high schools from the Priority Schools list.

Sylvia facilitated the development of The Benjamin E. Mays Institute and Mary McLeod Bethune Academy in Hartford, Connecticut—Hartford’s first single gender “school within a school” models. This innovative concept brought Connecticut national acclaim for decreasing truancy, absenteeism, and disciplinary infractions within six months of its inception.

Ms. Hooker has contributed on numerous educational committees and was selected by a former governor to serve on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. She is national speaker and currently serves as Deputy Superintendent of School Improvement and Redesign in Macon, Georgia (Bibb County Schools), and provides oversight for all federal programs, RTI, professional development, CTAE, and the district’s alternative education program.