Assistant Superintendent of Columbia Public Schools
Class of 1977 - B.A. Education
Wanda has spent the majority of her career in education serving in several capacities in Columbia, Missoui. After graduating from William Woods, she became an English teacher at Hickman High School, Columbia, and stayed in that position for 11 years. Since that time, Wanda served as Director of the Minority Achievement Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Principal of Smithton Middle School, and Assistant Principal and Principal of Hickman High School.
Wanda has been active in numerous professional associations and task forces. She served as a No Child Left Behind State Committee Member, and in numerous committees for the Columbia Public Schools, including the Achievement Gap Task Force, Facilities Committee, Career Ladder Committee, the Recruitment of Minority Teachers, and others. She was a facilitator of Middle School In-Service and Multicultural In-Service for the Columbia Schools, and was co-director of the Minority Intern Program.
In 2003, Wanda was named Outstanding African American Educator by the Minority Men’s Network. She has been recognized by the Fulton Branch of the NAACP and Educator of the Year by the Columbia Branch of the NAACP.
Following graduation from William Woods, Wanda earned Masters and Educational Specialist Degrees in educational administration and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri.
Wanda’s son, George Galbreath, is an art teacher in Atlanta, Ga.