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2014 Candidate Biography—Stella Edwards

Stella Edwards Stella Y. Edwards

Intends to run for Vice President, Advocacy


Personal and Professional Information

  • Mother of one daughter, Kimberly Y. Edwards who is a speech pathologist and one son, Jonathan A. Edwards who is an active duty Army officer
  • PTA member for more than 20 years
  • Married to Herman A. Edwards for 27 years
  • Earned Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from Southern University
  • Sorenson Institute for Political Leaders at the University of Virginia
  • Graduate, Midwest Academy Organizing for Change Institute
  • Graduate, Emerging Minority Leaders Training (National PTA and Virginia Education Association)
  • Speaker on education issues at U. S. House of Representatives Press Conference, National Congressional Legislators Education Summit, National Ministries Conference on Poverty and Education, Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Board of Education, local education agencies and local school boards
  • National PTA trainer, Building Successful Partnerships
  • Community Organizer on Education Issues,  Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Community Civic Engagement Radio Talk Show Host (FM 91.3 WVST)
  • Education Consultant, Southern Initiative of the Algebra Project
  • Former United States Army officer

PTA Involvement

Current service includes:

  • National PTA Legislative Committee Chairman (first year of a two-year term)
  • Legislative Chairman, Appomattox Regional Governors School PTSA

Previous service includes:

  • Elected Representative, National PTA Board of Directors
  • National PTA CEO Evaluation Committee and Legislative Committee
  • Virginia State PTA:  Executive Committee, Federal Legislative Chair, State Legislative Chair, Education Committee Chair, Capitol Committee Chair, Nominations and Leadership Development Committee, Budget Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Bylaws Committee
  • District PTA: Director, Legislative Committee Chair, Treasurer
  • Council PTA: President, Legislative Committee Chair
  • Local PTA: President, Arts in Education Committee Chair, Legislative Committee

Community Involvement

Current service includes:

  • Citizens for Chesterfield Students Committee, School Bond Referendum 1994, 2004, 2013
  • Board of Directors, Triangle Center for Development, Inc.

Previous service includes:

  • Virginia Department of Education’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Committee of Practitioners
  • Representative, Virginia Education Coalition
  • Chesterfield Education Association Board of Directors
  • Committees: School Improvement Committee, School Board Policy Review and Budget Committee
  • Director of the Women Transportation Engineer Summer Institute (Louisiana)

Honors and Awards

  • National PTA Lifetime Achievement, Virginia PTA Lifetime Membership, Virginia PTA Presidents Award, New York PTA Life Membership Award,  military medals/awards, featured in news articles for community volunteerism and  parent involvement in public schools