Dr. Markisha Butler is currently running for the At-Large Post 1 position for Glynn County School Board.
As a proponent and product of the Glynn County School System, Dr. Butler has a personal interest in preserving and improving the quality of the current school system. The second oldest of six girls, Dr. Butler was inspired by her mother Marshann McCullough, who as a single mother, worked as a housekeeper on St. Simons and Sea Island to support her family. Marshann’s strength and desire to create a better life for her daughters played a key role in Dr. Butler’s commitment and focus on educational issues.
A passionate and purposeful problem-solver, Dr. Butler has spent her life fighting to improve the education and workforce opportunities for the children of Glynn County. After earning her undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Public Administration from Savannah State University, Dr. Butler began her career in education policy. She has worked in various positions throughout the Glynn and Wayne County area including Glynn and Wayne Head Start, Brunswick Job Corps, Altamaha Technical College, and Coastal Pines Technical College. For the last year, she has worked directly within the Glynn County Schools as a substitute teacher to get an in-depth look at the schools throughout the district. Dr. Butler currently serves as the Regional Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Technical College System of Georgia (formerly Georgia Department of Economic Development-WorkSmart), where she works with area technical colleges and the business community to promote work-based learning models, such as apprenticeships, internships, and on-the-job training, as a workforce development tool. In 2016, she received her Doctorate of Education: Organizational Leadership and Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
A graduate of Leadership Glynn and the Georgia Academy of Economic Development, Dr. Butler works relentlessly to improve the Glynn County community overall. She is currently a committee member of the Glynn County Comprehensive Plan, focusing on increasing physical growth and development throughout the county. She is also a partner for Family Connection of Glynn County where she is a member of the Parent University Advisory Committee. She serves as a volunteer at the United Way of Coastal Georgia (Community Investment Committee) and is the vice president of Job Corps Workforce Education Council. Recently, she was elected to serve as as trustee for The College of Coastal Georgia Foundation. She is also the internal audit chair and chair of the political involvement and awareness committee for Brunswick Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Butler currently lives in Brunswick with her husband Maurice, daughter Madisyn, and pomeranian Magik.