Alethia Russell knows about education. After graduating from Gadsden City, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Auburn University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Alabama. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in higher education/education policy studies at Indiana University Bloomington. When she completes her own education, Alethia plans to head to Washington, D.C. to conduct education policy research and advocacy for a non-profit or an education thinktank. Her goal is to be a part of creating a space where future generations can pursue being lifelong learners without accruing a lifetime of debt.