Tammy Thomas Garnes

Posts Tagged ‘Atlanta Public Schools’

Flips Hair, Gives Opinion: My Time in the NPR Barbershop

In Crisis Communications, Film and Television, School District Communications, Uncategorized on December 20, 2015 at 1:24 pm

NPRATCSo glad they saved a seat for me in the #NPRBarbershop this weekend with NPR’s All Things Considered host Michel Martin and fellow guests Jenny Davis and Anil Dash. We talked about a little bit of everything – from the importance of grooming crisis-ready kiddos to the impact of Star Wars on each of our lives. Trust me…it was a lively discussion and the force was very strong with this panel. Enjoy.




Twitter as a Life-Line: School Shootings and Social Media Crisis Communications

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm

This was a first for me as a school district communicator. You hear about school shootings, you see them covered on the news, you pray that you and your children…or any children, ever experience a tragedy that causes you to lose faith in your safe place, your school. Our school district experienced its first school shooting January 31, 2013. There were injuries, but thankfully, no deaths. Click the image below to read about how our office tried something new during a major crisis.

I must admit, I didn’t have a real social media communications plan in place for a crisis this big. Of course the school district had a plan, but how were we going to beat the messages being put out to the media via text messages and social media platforms? My instincts kicked in and my spirit (yes, my spirit), told me to be honest, open and truthful.  Transparency with parents and the community during a crisis ALWAYS works. Thank you Melissa Agnes for the coverage.