Alisha is an education leader, wife, mother, child advocate and education thought leader.. At the age of 23, Searcy made history as the first African American to serve Cobb County in the Georgia House of Representatives. Representing residents of the third largest county in Metropolitan Atlanta — Searcy’s leadership in politics continues to leave a longstanding footprint in county and Georgia state history.
Searcy was elected to six terms in the Georgia House of Representatives where she served on the Education, Appropriations, and Health & Human Services Committees. She coauthored the state’s Teacher and Leader Evaluation System, and authored the state intra-district transfer law, allowing parents to choose the best public school within their district, regardless of zip code. She coauthored the state’s constitutional amendment that created the State Charter Schools Commission; and she was appointed by Former United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to a bipartisan working group on K-12 education.
Her prowess as an educational leader drove the success of her and her team as former Superintendent of Schools at Ivy Preparatory Academies – a network of all-girls public schools of excellence. In this role, she initiated the transformation of the network’s operations, academic achievements, and financial strengths. Her results-driven leadership led to a doubled, state performance score from 43 to 85 for Ivy Preparatory Academy’s Kirkwood campus. Her leadership outcomes had a far-reaching impact across the network that resonates to-date, including reversing the network’s teacher retention rate (from 25% to 75%), instituting Professional Development Days for students, and creating a teacher and leader talent acquisition program.
Steadfast in her commitment to students, parents and educators, Alisha is now the CEO of her new and education consulting leadership coaching firm, AT Morgan Enterprises. She uses her unique background as a policy maker, practitioner, and nonprofit leader to work with schools, school districts, local and national education non-profit organizations to improve educational outcomes for students, mentor and support leaders, and help create systems that meet the needs of students and their families. While her roles have changed through her 20-year history in education, Alisha’s commitment has not. Her dedication to leveling the playing field for students and making sure leaders are equipped to lead continues.
Alisha holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and a board member of the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Center for Human Rights Institute. She is married to Carlos Searcy, a recently retired Georgia State Trooper who served 26 years to the state of Georgia. They live in Cobb County with their three school-age children.