Annette Graves is passionate about education and helping to empower children and adults. She has committed thirty years of her life to the area of education. Instructing in self-contained and special education inclusion classes. Annette has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University, and recently obtained an additional master’s degree in conflict resolution from Bethel University. Annette graduated from the Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute, these classes provided leadership and advocacy training for adults with disabilities and their family members. Annette is an active advocate for her granddaughter June, who is on the autism spectrum. She is also a volunteer advocate for many people in her community. In her spare time, she participates in public service activities through her sorority Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. As a regional family engagement specialist for the Arc Tennessee, she plans to continue her mission to engage, empower and educate families in the northwest region.