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Ophelia Burroughs

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Ophelia Burroughs

District Five
Four Year Term: January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2020

Ophelia Burroughs was elected to Clayton County Board of Education in November 2008 to fill the seat representing District 5. In January 2009, Ms. Burroughs served as Board Vice-Chair from January 2009 through December 2010.

Ophelia Burroughs is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English. She earned a master's degree in Education from Pepperdine University.

As a military wife, her career moved to exciting places. Her first position was in Dalzell, South Carolina at Ebenezer High School as a French teacher for four years. The next assignment took her to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she taught English at Jim Bridger Junior High School for four years. One of the highlights in her career was an assignment to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she spent four years teaching English at Leilahua High School. She concluded her teaching career after spending twenty-three great years as an English teacher at Jonesboro High School.

She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Riverdale Kiwanis Club, and the VFW Auxiliary Post 3650. She attends Christian for Change Baptist Church in Riverdale. Her favorite quote is: "When everyone else is wrong, and you are right all of the time, you need to check yourself."