Dominique Lester is a first year doctoral student in the Education Leadership Ph.D program. His sponsor and advisor is Professor Sonya Douglass-Horsford. Dominique’s research and work explores how theology, faith and ethics help shape the ways in which public intellectuals and Black moral leaders govern anchor institutions in Black communities. Dominique joins Teachers College from Atlanta, Georgia, with an extensive background in early childhood education, theology and history. Dominique has served as a classroom teacher, training coordinator for academic organizations and institutions that work with marginalized populations and as a minister in local congregations. Dominique earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. A Master of Divinity from Emory University: Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia and a Master of Arts in History and Education from Teachers College: Columbia University.
Dominique serves as the Chief of Staff at a mega church in Westchester County where he manages over 60 different ministries, helps to oversee a multi-million dollar building project, attends to day to day operations of a church with over 8,000 members, establishes corporate partnerships for non-profits with educational aspirations for members of the community and assists in the management of a multi-million-dollar annual operating budget. Dominique’s research and work on faith and education considers within educational leadership and contexts the influence of a public intellectual to persuade, be with, care for, lead to, share with and guide beyond as a means of enacting change in the public square and facilitating hope within the private lives of individuals who attempt to lead within hostile social structures. Dominique attempts academically and vocationally to bridge the gap of the public square and private life of the moral leader; and offer paradigms that recall historical figures who married theological reflection with educational praxis as a leadership model.
Dominique loves music, sports, and a good spades game. Dominique also collects African American Children’s books as a hobby. Dominique is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, incorporated and believes that the Atlanta Braves is the greatest baseball team of all time.