About The Liberty Learning Foundation
Teaching, Inspiring & Empowering the Next Great Americans
Liberty Learning Foundation is a non-profit organization donating civic-based teaching tools to educators and facilitating learning experiences that teach, inspire and empower our Next Great Americans.
Imagine a generation of students who excel in teach-to-test subjects but have little knowledge of civics, character, financial responsibility and career readiness. Will math and science alone continue our nation's progress? Our students deserve to learn these guiding lessons - as well as the great American Story that gives context to their important roles in our country’s future. We must teach them that they hold titles more important than "engineer," "scientist" even … "president" … That title is citizen.
And educators are begging to teach those crucial lessons. They're begging for tools that engage the iPod generation and immerse them in grand experiences that boost retention and make a lasting impression. And because money and time are the most limited commodities in the classroom, they need the tools to be free and flexible.
That's where we are making monumental impacts. With help from passionate donors, Liberty Learning Foundation is placing the groundbreaking Super Citizen Program in the hands of eager educators. And, because we understand that donations don't ensure success, we work hand-in-hand with schools, donors and local volunteers to maximize the potential of the programs and the students themselves.
We donate teaching tools. We put on exciting performances. We train teachers. We get the community involved. In short, we create and carry out grand learning experiences that teach, inspire and empower our Next great Americans.
If you believe that character, history and civic responsibility can, and must, be taught despite budget cuts, please join us in this historic mission.
Liberty Learning Foundation Board of Directors
Deborah Hobbs, PhD
Majority Partner, Spectrum Consulting
Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction (Instruction Emphasis) from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Hobbs is the Majority Partner of Spectrum Consulting, LLC, and a Senior Evaluator. Dr. Hobbs has worked in education for 38 years as a classroom teacher (English), a district staff development specialist, the national director of TALENTS UNLIMITED (the largest program in the gifted and talented category of the National Diffusion Network), an Associate Professor of Elementary Education at Utah State University (where she was recognized as Teacher of the Year for the College of Education in 1993), and a private consultant. Dr. Hobbs has authored and edited numerous peer –reviewed articles in journals and several books.
William H. Sullins, O.D.
Eye Care Associates Inc.
Dr. Sullins is member and past President of the Alabama Optometric Association and Alabama State Board of Optometry. He was Alabama Optometrist of the Year in 2000 and the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry Alumnus of the year 2006. He serves on the Huntsville Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau as current Vice President. Dr. Sullins sits on the Board of Directors for the Committee of 100 (Economic Development).
James M. Chandler
Senior Vice President, Chandler/May, Inc.
James (Jay) M. Chandler is the co-founder and Senior Vice President for Chandler/May, Inc. Founded in 1989, Chandler/May, Inc. is a defense systems integration company providing products and services to US based and international companies. Mr. Chandler is a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems international, Association of the United States Army, Auburn University – 1865 Society, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Society, Eagle Society and Auburn University All American Society. Mr. Chandler is a member of the Madison County United Way Tocqueville Society, Board of Trustee for Early Works Museum, Randolph School Board of Trustee, Huntsville Hospital Development Council, Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission and serves on the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Selection committee.
Michael L. Hicklin
President, dTech Systems, Inc.
Mr. Hicklin is the current President of dTech Systems, Inc. He is a 2010 Member of the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc., City of Huntsville Parks and Recreation Volunteer, United Way of Madison County Volunteer. Mr. Hicklin received a certificate of appreciation for Exemplary Support of LT Col Kenneth A. Reiman’s Award Ceremony, Missille Defense Agency (MDA) Continuous Improvement Lean Six Sigma Green belt Certification, Joint Meritorious Unit Award. Mr. Hicklin has certified training from the Department of Defense (CPI-LSS), Ballistic Missile Defense initial Operations and is listed in many publications.
Eula Sammons Battle
Mrs. Battle has a B.S. degree in Elementary-Middle School Education from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, 1977. She was awarded the Madison County Elementary Teacher of the Year 2000. Mrs. Battle is a member of the Junior League of Huntsville, Member of Alpha Delta Kappa, Member of Trinity United Methodist Church Council and Nomination Committee, Lowry House Board Member, First Book Board Member, University Alabama Huntsville Women’s Leadership Council.
Amanda G. Maze
Amanda Gibbs Maze has been an elementary school teacher for over 30 years. She has taught all grades from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Mrs. Maze holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education from the University of Alabama. In addition to traditional classes, she includes strong lessons in character building, patriotism , loyalty and civic responsibility. Preparing today’s youth for leadership roles in tomorrow’s America is a responsibility that is important and very personal to her. Mrs. Maze father is a World War II and Korean War Veteran. Teaching the lessons of patriotism and loyalty to country and trustworthiness are lessons she learned as a child and continues to teach today.
Additionally, Mrs. Maze oldest sister is mentally handicapped. She uses experiences from her childhood and adult life with her sister to teach each class the importance of acceptance and “giving back” to the communities where they live.
Dr. Donna Henry White
Currently Dr. White is principal at Farley Elementary School. She has served in that capacity for fifteen years. She holds degrees from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Masters in Elementary Education from Alabama A&M University, Ed.S. from THE University of Alabama, and Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Leadership. She has taught in Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia. She is married to Ralph E. White, Jr. CPA. She is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, District X Alabama Association of Administrators, Alabama Elementary Association of Administrators, Huntsville Education Association, Alabama Council of PTA, Alabama Alumni Association, SACS-CASI Accreditation Chairperson and Facilitator, AMSTI Site Principal, CLAS, and the International Reading Council and is passionate about her students doing “whatever it takes” to make this a better place.