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Bio: Hope J. Pettway-Thomas, MPH
Hope J. Pettway-Thomas, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is a proud wife and mother of 2 beautiful girls and 3 dogs. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry from Alabama A&M University. She then completed advanced studies at The George Washington University in Washington, DC where she earned a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health. She now continues towards her goal of providing quality health education. To that end, she is advancing her knowledge by pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Education in Public Health Education.
A strong advocate for quality education and health care for all, she has devoted most of her career as a caregiver, educator, and a community health worker. She worked and volunteered in the healthcare field several years before deciding to become a teacher. She is dually certified in General Science and Health Education. She taught science for 10 years on several levels from middle school to Biology 101 Lab, at a community college.
Now, she has merged her two passions health and education, and is a Human Sciences Regional Extension Agent with the Human Nutrition Diet and Health department of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES). With ACES, she offers community education in the areas of nutrition, health and wellness and chronic disease prevention.