LaToya M. Davidson-Perez is a woman of blended descent as her ethnic background include Irish, East Indian, and Jamaican. Having grown up in Jamaica and the US she is prideful of being a ‘Jamerican’ who is proud of her culture and heritage.
A class of 1999 Rockdale County High School (RCHS) graduate, she was also named the 1998-99 Miss Tempus Fugit. This RCHS tradition honors students who are academically sound and involved in various activities in and out of school. The winner, one male, and one female is selected by an interview with a panel of community leaders. LaToya was also a HOPE Scholar and received other prestigious awards including the SAPA Student of the Year Award. The Student Assistance Professional Association award is awarded to only one student in the state each year. She was active in Beta Club, Mass Media Production, Drama, MCJROTC, The Blaze (newspaper), Debate Team, 4-H, Anchor Club, Co-Ed Y, FCA, Peer Leadership, Cheerleading, and others. LaToya served as the school’s Company Commanding Officer (MCJROTC) and was a nominee for the Governor’s Honors Program. She also represented the county and her school on several occasions in oratory competitions and was selected as a cub reporter for Media One. She lettered in Drama and JROTC and was honored for her exceptional work in Mass Media. To say the least, her time in high school, not entirely chronicled here, was filled with many activities, many friends, and many memories.
In 1999, she briefly attended Georgia State University. Upon getting married in 2000, she transferred to Georgia Military College (GMC) with a full academic scholarship. She was also one of the first cadets in the college’s history to, with her spouse, participate in the cadet corps and to also live off-campus. As a member of the 122nd and 123rd Corps of Cadets she had the distinct pleasure of serving, in her second year, as the Regimental Accountability Officer (S1). During her time at GMC, she served as the Editor of GMC Today (school paper), Vice President of the Student Government Association, President of the Unified Voices of GMC (cadet choir), and was President of the Drama Club. She was honored for her academic excellence in Literature and Political Science. LaToya earned double Associates degrees in Business Administration (ABA) and General Studies (Information Systems) (AGS) in 2002 and at graduation was honored with the Harold L. Goodrich award as Best All-Around Student for that year.
Upon graduating from GMC she attended Georgia College & State University (GCSU) majoring in Office Communication Systems. She graduated with her BBA in 2003. During her time at GCSU, she served on the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee for the J.W. Bunting School of Business.
After a difficult period that included the dissolution of her first marriage she took some much-needed time off from continuing her educational pursuits. She returned to academia in 2005 when she applied and was accepted for graduate admission at Florida State University. LaToya enrolled in the school’s Master’s in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program and within months was also accepted into the Master’s in Adult Education (MEd) program. She earned both Masters degrees in 2008. She is also certified as an ALA-accredited Librarian through the State of Georgia and was admitted into the premier international honors society for Information Studies, Beta Phi Mu.
In November 2006 and at the age of 25, LaToya was promoted to the position of Assistant Director of the Twin Lakes Library System, a position she held until February 2014. At the time of her promotion, she became the youngest named to an Assistant Director position for a public library system in the state of Georgia.
She has been a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) since 2004 and was previously a long-time member of several library-related organizations. She has been the sole proprietor of Davidson Administrative Services since 2011 and was a featured editorial columnist for the oldest continuously published newspaper in the state of Georgia, The Union-Recorder from 2011-2016. LaToya was also the co-host of the 2010-2014 podcast series, In the Stacks with Barry & LaToya.
Her resume can be found here. She is happily remarried and resides in Georgia.