Clemmie Whatley is a retired Associate Professor of Education from the Tift College of Education at Mercer University. Dr. Whatley received an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Clark College, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology, an Ed.S. in Mathematics Education and Educational Leadership from the University of West Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Emory University.
She worked in corporate management for more than twenty-two years, taught high school mathematics, and instructed mathematics education at the university level. She is the founder of Educational Dynamix, a non-profit educational organization, providing services in consulting, evaluation, and professional development with a focus on urban school settings. Educational Dynamix produced Musical Mathematics ®, a program that integrates music and mathematics for engaging learning for students.
Dr. Whatley also coauthored The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf: 1882–1975 with Dr. Ron Knorr. She is married to Melvin and has a daughter, Tamara; son, Mel; and three grandchildren, Trinity, Ariana, and Noah.
Dr. Whatley grew up during segregation, in Chubbtown, a self-sufficient Black community established pre-Civil War, located in Cave Spring, Georgia. She was the first Black valedictorian of Cave Spring High School after desegregation and was one of the first Black women to complete her degree at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1973.
Her lineage with the Chubb family is as follows: her mother is Elvira Chubb (Bray Stone) (1919–2017), grandfather, Alfred Chubb (1894 – 1971); great grandfather, Henry Chubb (1834–1896); great, great grandfather, Isaac Chubb (circa1790s–1850s); great, great, great grandfather Nicholas Chubb (circa 1760s–1830s), 4th great, grandmother, Mery Chub. With joy, she provides this book to you to study the history of the lives of a free Black family from the 1700s to the mid-1900s.