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Okema Branch named FHS alumna for December

Franklin High School Alumna for December is Dr. Okema Branch, who is pictured here with her husband, Charles “Bo” Branch. — Submitted

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Dr. Okema Branch is a 1993 graduate of Franklin High School (“The best class,” she stated). Branch has worked in varied progressive roles in the field of education, and is assistant superintendent of Human Resources, Federal Programs and Special Programs for Franklin City Public Schools. In this role she wears many hats, but this opportunity allows her to serve in the community she believes prepared her for higher education and life. Her time in FCPS was filled with wonderful teachers, challenging academics and exposure to varied places and people as a member of the band, cheerleading, student government and track team.

After FHS graduation, Branch went on to attend Norfolk State University, majoring in English with a minor in early childhood education. While there she became a cheerleader (and still is as an alumna) and joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

After NSU graduation, Branch began her career as a teacher in Suffolk Public Schools, and continued on to receive her master’s degree in education and human resource development from The George Washington University. While working at Tidewater Community College she obtained her doctorate degree in Adult Education from Regent University. Her love for education and learning began as a precocious student in FCPS.

Branch’s passion is empowering others and developing the whole person. She loves to speak life to the places that people do not often see in themselves.

A resident of Suffolk and married to Charles “Bo” Branch, they have three adult sons: C.T., Gary and Christian. She enjoys spending time with family, working in ministry, traveling, dancing and working out as a certified MixxedFit instructor.