Thursday, April 18, 2024

Dr. Whittney Polley tapped as director of education at Providence House

by BIZ Magazine

Dr. Polley joined the Providence House team in 2023 as a part-time Workforce Development Specialist. Her love for education and
commitment to developing job opportunities for a very vulnerable population has been felt across the campus; she has already made a significant impact.

“Whittney Polley is smart, creative and a rising star in northwest Louisiana. Her commitment to the mission of Providence House is unparalleled; we are already benefiting from her innovative ideas. Job skills training and education are the only tools that break the homeless cycle permanently. We are committed to ensure that every man, woman, boy and girl in northwest Louisiana has a fair chance of self-sufficiency; Dr. Polley will lead the charge for the agency’s workforce development center in partnership with Bossier Parish Community College, adult education, adult literacy in partnership with Centenary College Literacy Volunteers, as well as skills training,” shared Verni Howard, Executive Director.

Dr. Polley is six-year veteran of the United States Army, and following her enlistment, earned a BS in Business Administration from Centenary College of Louisiana. Upon graduation, she moved to Nashville, earning an M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Education from Lipscomb University. She taught in Nashville, Tennessee before returning home to Shreveport, Louisiana.

Dr. Polley served as Assistant Principal at Minden High School and Continuous Improvement Manager for the Community Foundation of North Louisiana. In 2021, she earned her license as an Educator in Business Education and Business Technology for grades 6 through 12, as well as her Instructional Leadership License (ILL) in Tennessee in 2022. Among her many achievements, Dr. Polley was awarded the Tennessee Army National Guard Award of Excellence in 2020 and has served as a Member of the Center of Self-Determination Theory and Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance.

“The desire for positive change is more than a need but a commitment to serve with total perseverance. It’s up to us to rise above the negative, cultivate the positive, and pursue greatness. Education, in many forms, is our vehicle of freedom to do just that; so, we must promote and protect it at all costs,” shared Dr. Polley, Director of Education.

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