Gwinnett County Public Schools named an elementary school after Beauty P. Baldwin in 2016. She had served as an administrator before becoming the first black female superintendent in the state for Buford City Schools. 
Photo: CONTRIBUTED BY GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Photo: CONTRIBUTED BY GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Women’s History Month: Beauty P. Baldwin 

First black female school superintendent in Georgia

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Throughout March, we’ll spotlight notable women with Georgia connections in the daily Living section on Mondays and Tuesdays. Go to ajc.com/womens-history/ to see videos on the women featured here each week.

Beauty P. Baldwin knew at a young age that education was her future.

“I wanted to be a math teacher since the third grade,” she said. “I loved math so much I thrived off of helping other kids love it too.”

Even though John Lewis High School in Ellaville, Georgia, only went as far as trigonometry, the young Miss Poole drank up those facts, figures and algorithms.

         

Baldwin turned 77 on Saturday, and she said it’s time to slow down — a little.

“I’m going to start reserving Tuesdays and Fridays as my personal time,” she said, displaying a big “X” crossing out space where other days showed exhaustive lists of meetings and appointments.

“I can’t just stop doing this,” she said as she waved at the pages. “I’m a lifelong learner and committed to public service. I’m just old-school like that.”

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