Dr. Kemp has devoted more than 20 years to the field of education and has developed a regional reputation for turning around low and under-performing schools and districts in the Southeastern United States. Incorporating a culture of high-expectations with results-oriented strategies, Dr. Kemp has been able to replicate success converting high-poverty, majority-minority schools into Title I Distinguished Schools. As a result of high performance, Dr. Kemp has been a requested presenter at GAEL –Georgia Association of Educational Leadership, GLISI – Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement, NTEC – National Technology Education Conference, and GSBA – Georgia School Boards Association.
As a practitioner, Dr. Kemp has become a highly desired speaker in the areas of: district culture, standards-based belief systems, school accountability, student achievement, school-based performance incentives, and has consulted more than 45 districts in the area of standards-based online credit recovery processes and programs.
Dr. Kemp began his career in the classroom as an exceptional education teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, where his passion for creating high expectations and closing the “opportunity gap” was initiated. He has served at every level of school-based administration—assistant principal, vice-principal, and more than 14 years principal experience at the middle and high school level. While serving in his last principalship at Gainesville High School, a Title I, majority/minority school, Dr. Kemp received numerous awards and recognitions including a nomination from his superiors for Georgia Principal of the Year for successfully closing subgroup achievement gaps and leading his school from 90th to 6th in the state in first-time performance on Georgia’s high-stakes graduation assessment. He served as the Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement for Glynn County Schools in Brunswick, Georgia and through the implementation of effective processes led the system to double digit gains in light of increased accountability requirements.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Accountability and Information Officer in Bibb County, Dr. Kemp served as Vice President for Educational Services with Information Transport Solutions where he was directly involved in leading superintendents, central and school-based leadership with transforming K-12 schools in the Southeastern United States.
Dr. Kemp earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Florida, Masters of Arts in Teaching in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville University; and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He currently resides in Gainesville, GA with his wife, Terri, and three children Chandler (20), Garrett (18) and Ashlynn (13).