About Dr. Gyimah Whitaker

Dr. Whitaker
  • Gyimah Whitaker, Ed.D. began her tenure as superintendent of the City Schools of Decatur (CSD) on July 1, 2023. An engaging and experienced leader, Dr. Whitaker has more than two decades of leadership experience, including serving as deputy chief academic officer for Fulton County Schools, where she supervised the assistant superintendents of Student Support Services and Learning and Teaching and oversaw a budget of $48M in general funds, $61M in federal funds, and $47M in ESSR funds. Her previous leadership experience includes serving as an area superintendent and executive director. She also held progressive leadership roles in Atlanta Public Schools as an assistant superintendent and coordinator of Gifted and Talented Services.

    Dr. Whitaker is highly accomplished in developing and overseeing innovative instructional programs; diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; community engagement and communications; and system-wide budgets. Her career trajectory continues toward improving access to excellent educational experiences and being a change agent for academic systems.

    As superintendent of CSD, Dr. Whitaker will consistently focus on improving student outcomes by establishing an instructional infrastructure around high-quality literacy instruction. She will steward the district’s strategic plan of advancing racial equity, accelerating student learning, and building a positive culture and climate. Her focus will also be on engaging and leveraging the talents of all stakeholders toward refining district practices and making our district greater.

    Dr. Whitaker earned a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and a Master of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She also has a doctoral degree from Georgia State University in Educational Leadership and Administration.

    She is a native of West Philadelphia, a proud wife, and the mother to two children.

    Dr. Whitaker is driven by the belief in a quality education for each student. Her core leadership beliefs are that equity is the vehicle to excellence, leadership matters, and engagement inspires. Guided by these values, she will ensure that CSD reaches an even higher level of brilliance.