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Dr. Erika Ijames-Wilson

Dr. Erika Ijames- Wilson began her science teaching career in Cobb County, Georgia in 1993.  Over the course of twenty-three years in education, she has taught physical science, biology, anatomy and physiology, zoology, and research classes.  Dr. Erika Ijames-Wilson left the classroom six years ago to pursue a leadership role as the Magnet Program Coordinator for the South Cobb High School Academy of Research and Medical Sciences.  During her tenure in this role, she solidified herself as a STEM expert.

 

Education is a passion for Dr. Ijames-Wilson.  Her motivation in high school in North Carolina, led her to Spelman College, where she pursued a B.S. in Natural Sciences and Pre-Medicine. Dr. Ijames-Wilson has always believed that God orders your steps.  His steps led her to the Education Department.  After completing her bachelor's degree, Dr. Ijames-Wilson took advantage of the HOPE Scholarship for Teachers to continue her education at Georgia State University, where she received her Master's and Ph.D. in Science Education.

 

Always believing that life is a continuous learning adventure, Dr. Ijames-Wilson has continued her passion for learning with her interest in Flipped Classrooms, and most recently computer coding, graphic design, and web design. She uses these interests to creative innovative lessons to teach young adults.

 

Because Dr. Ijames-Wilson believes that education is the key to being a productive American, she has worked diligently to utilizes her influence to assist students in the college application and scholarship process.  This enterprise has allowed her students to gain acceptance into America's top schools with substantial financial packages.  During her tenure as the magnet program coordinator, she has been able to assists her students in obtaining over $30 million dollars in scholarship money, including producing more Gates Millennium Scholars and Posse Scholars than any other school in Cobb County.  Her daughter, Caya Williams, who was a student in the South Cobb High School magnet program is currently attending Wake Forest University in North Carolina with a full scholarship.

 

Now that she is an empty-nester, she enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, Michael, her grandchildren, and her cats, Romeo and Bandit.

 

She also writes mystery and suspense novels under the name, EDI Wilson.