As Interim Superintendent, Dr. Vasanne S. Tinsley brings a love of community and a genuine passion for education to the oversight, leadership, and management of day-to-day operations in the DeKalb County School District (DCSD). With over twenty-five years of servant leadership and educational and community experience, Dr. Tinsley has contributed to various change initiatives in her career that have propelled turnaround and growth efforts within the academic, curriculum, and technological sectors.
Before her retirement in 2020, Dr. Tinsley served as Deputy Superintendent of Student Support and Intervention with the DeKalb County School District. Her work experience during that time included direct responsibility for student support services, athletics, student relations, school choice options, English learners, post-secondary transition, public safety, and community/family engagement. She also served as Director of Student Support for the DeKalb County School District, working closely with students, parents, faculty, and staff via school counseling, social work, psychology, student health, and after-school programming. In an earlier role as Assistant Director of Guidance, Counseling, and Mentoring, Dr. Tinsley supported nearly 400 school counselors and graduation coaches with strategic intervention and programming to increase DeKalb students’ academic, personal, social, and emotional capacity. After serving many years as a school counselor, she also worked to connect community partners with the school district by recruiting, training, and supporting participants in the community mentoring program. She is a highly regarded advocate for school and district employees and promotes the importance of healthy employee relations.
Committed to the community, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Quality Care for Children (QCC), focusing efforts on the importance of early childhood education. She also serves as a community representative on the Georgia Department of Early Childhood (DECAL) Head Start Policy Council. She has served as a member of the DeKalb Board of Health, United Way – DeKalb, and Communities in Schools-Atlanta. Remaining connected to higher education, she has served as an adjunct instructor and in an advisory capacity with several institutions. She also volunteers to support students in the undergraduate setting as a mentor.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College, a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University. She is a member of the National Association of Black School Educators, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is a member of Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2019.