By Linda Cicoira — Accomack School Board Member Camesha Handy announced Tuesday that she will seek the District 5 seat on the Accomack County Public School Board in the November general election.
The Gargatha Landing resident has served in the post since she was appointed by the School Board Selection Committee in January 2008 to fill the unexpired term of Jack Gray. The upcoming election will be the first time members will be chosen by voters.
Handy was born and raised in the Rolling Acres and Whitesville sections of Parksley. Education is a vital part of my core, she said. Her mother taught at Chincoteague High School, Arcadia High, and Eastern Shore Community College.
Handy graduated from Arcadia High School in 1985, then earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in community health from Old Dominion University, and an Executive MBA from Strayer University’s Jack Welch Management Institute.
Both her daughters graduated from Arcadia High School. Her oldest daughter attended the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and received master’s degrees from the University of Southern California and Liberty University. Her youngest daughter will be graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University this month. Handy’s granddaughter goes to kindergarten at Accawmacke Elementary School.
Handy is the director of student engagement and an adjunct instructor at Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Md. She was formerly employed by Eastern Shore Community College as a student success coach, adjunct instructor, and GED/ABE instructor. From 1999 to 2008, she taught in Accomack County Public Schools’ alternative education program.
She is a member of the Zeta Mu Sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., the Order of the Eastern Star-PH 77, an associate pastor of Living Word Church of Deliverance, an NAACP life member, the author of three books, and an event planner and caterer.
Growing up, she and her siblings stated that they’d never teach school, said Handy. However, that was not God’s plan as they are all now educators, she added.