As a 16-year Fayette county resident and a passionate, driven, life-long educator, I am uniquely qualified for the Fayette County Board of Education District 4 position. I have been involved in public education for over 18 years. Through teaching K12, community college, and higher education undergraduate and graduate levels, I have seen all parts of the educational system.
I forged my way through education, earning a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University while concurrently earning an educational leadership certification from the University of Georgia. I have a Specialist in Educational Leadership from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My Masters in Computer Science was earned from Southern University and A&M College from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
I am married to my best friend, Sean Daigre, Sr. (31 years), business professional and pastor of High Hopes Church, and we have two wonderful sons, Sean Jr. and Jared, both of whom made their way through Fayette county’s educational system. Just as I fought for my sons’ education, I am ready to fight for all of our children’s education.
I grew up in an old unpainted, tin roof home without running water, heat, or an indoor bathroom neatly perched between a bayou and woods located off a graveled road at Route 2 Box 193C, Central Louisiana.
My life was filled with poverty, struggles, and setbacks but I adopted education as a solution to poverty at an early age gleaning wisdom from the teachings my parents and educators provided me. I lived each day with an ABUNDANCE OF HOPE.
I overcame a speech impediment in 7th grade. Reluctantly, I gave the valedictorian speech and received a standing ovation. In addition to my speech impediment, coupled with poverty, I experienced fat shaming as a child. Determined to reimage myself, I went from 129 pounds to 103 pounds within one month prior to my 8th grade year.
After this major victory of weight loss, I experienced the devastating loss of my mother when I was 14 years old. My family life was shattered, which led me to leave home when I was 16 years old. Through kinship placement, I lived with my grandparents prior to my junior year in high school.
At the end of my junior year, I relocated from rural Central Louisiana with approximately 200 students in the entire high school to a metropolitan city with 233 students in my senior class. I graduated #3 out of 233.
Two months after graduating from high school, my second oldest brother, who was my guardian, was killed in an accident. Because of trauma, struggles, and poverty, I was determined to earn a college degree. During college, I worked two sometimes three jobs while carrying 16 to 18 semester hours, but I finished.
Later, I married Sean Daigre, Sr. and we had two healthy sons. Life was great. But, in 2001, our home in Louisiana was flooded and under renovation. Then, while traveling to Atlanta, my entire family experienced a horrific SUV rollover on I-65 in Mobile, AL. The children were not injured and my husband had a few abrasions on his arm. Unfortunately, my body was traumatized and I incurred two broken legs, a crushed wrist, fractured fingers and toes, a shattered knee, and more. Bedridden, incapacitated, and wheelchair bound, I had to learn how to walk again.
Through triumphs, trials, and trauma, I forged my way through college to earn three advanced degrees with honors and an educational leadership certification.
Because of poverty,
I am an overcomer.
Because of tragedy,
I am resilient.
Because of trauma,
I am a walking miracle.
I did not allow my situations to determine my outcome in life, but I used my struggles as stepping stones, energy, and momentum to soar higher.
I have been graced to work in K12 as a Business and Computer Science CTAE EDUCATOR (CAREER TECHNICAL AND AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION), Technology Trainer, a Department Chair, an eLearning Facilitator, and a Georgia Future Business Leader of America Board Member, State Adviser, Regional Adviser, and local Adviser.
In higher education, I have worked as a Professor of Business and Technology, Director of eLearning, and Professor of Online Education in Computer Science. Today, I am a CTAE School Motivational Speaker, Mindset for Success Specialist, and founder of Daigre Global, LLC.
As a driven CTAE (Career Technical and Agricultural Education) Business & Computer Science Educator and Computer Science Professor, I have taught over 5,000 students in secondary and higher education and provided technology training for more than 3,000 K12 teachers and administrators.