Superintendent Richard Woods has selected 67 Georgia students to serve on his
2022-2023 Student Advisory Council. Two are from Savannah-Chatham County Public
Schools. Savannah Arts Academy Junior
Naomi LaVoie and Jenkins High Sophomore Harrison Tran will be a part of the
Council that meets with Superintendent Woods to provide feedback on the impact
of state policies in the classroom.
Members of the Student
Advisory Council will also discuss other education-related issues, serve as the
Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools, and participate in
service projects to benefit schools and students.
“It is extremely
important to me to receive direct feedback from those impacted by the decisions
I make,” Superintendent Woods said. “Our purpose at the Georgia Department of
Education is to open up opportunities for students. Building relationships with
the Student Advisory Council members helps me ensure our policies are meeting
their intended purpose, and allows me to make decisions that will benefit
children throughout the state.”
Each year, any student
in grades 10-12 attending a Georgia public school may fill out an application
to be considered for the Student Advisory Council. The application includes
short essay prompts that allow students to share their ideas for public education.
The council includes students from
every Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) region in Georgia; students
from rural, suburban, and urban schools are represented. Because the Georgia
Department of Education works to ensure the council is representative of
students in all regions of the state and selects members
based on the strength of their essay answers, in some cases, multiple students
from a district or school may be selected. Members are chosen by a committee of
Georgia Department of Education representatives based on the applicant's response
The first 2022-2023
Student Advisory Council meeting will be held at the Georgia Department of
Education’s offices in November.