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Ebony Bullock

The support of her loving blended family helped Ebony Bullock through many challenging times. In fact, one would say her very arrival was a challenge. Ebony was born in September 1974 after her parents survived a near fatal car crash. Her father had to undergo reconstructive surgery on his face and her mother had many broken bones and major injuries to her spine. She delivered Ebony in traction AND on a psych ward...a challenge indeed!

 

Ebony’s parents separated and have been remarried for over thirty years; she has a great relationship with her stepparents. All her parents are hardworking and demanded that she and her siblings exhibit the same work ethic. Her parents are her biggest cheerleaders and confidants. She has very fond childhood memories of camping at Darien Lake, huge family cookouts and skating excursions. Ebony has one sister and four brothers and admits she was a “tomboy” growing up. High school was challenging for Ebony when she attended Kenmore East. The Rodney King controversy erupted when she was a junior there. She and her brother Marvin were warned by a teacher not to bring their “gangs” to school to damage the property. Needless to say, that was her least favorite high school memory.

 

After graduation Ebony attended SUNY Fredonia where she experienced the most difficult thing that has ever happened to her. She was physically attacked by a popular upperclassman during an attempted sexual assault. Ebony was beat up badly and saw to it that her attacker be held accountable for his actions. Her faith in God, the support of her family and helping other victims of assault and date rape helped Ebony overcome such a traumatic experience. She continued her studies at Buffalo State College and graduated 1999 earning a B.S. in Social Studies as a divorced single mom, which is one of her proudest accomplishments. Ebony went on to earn a M.S. in General Education and several professional certifications. She is currently enrolled in the Educational Administration EdD program at SUNY Buffalo.

 

Her first professional job was selling software at Ingram Micro and she decided to switch professional lanes and pursue a career in education because she was disappointed with the educational experiences her oldest son had. Ebony is currently employed by Buffalo Public Schools as the Assistant Superintendent in the Office of Share Accountability where her typical day consists of meetings and creating new ways of collaborating with her colleagues. Ebony credits Dr. Dixon and Karima Amin from BPS #39 as well as her mother, Dr. Theresa Harris-Tigg for being particularly strong influences.

 

Ebony has been married for fifteen years and encourages young couples to pray together, have a separate life outside of their spouse and understand that every couple argues. Together they have three children that motivate her daily. Her greatest dream for her children is for them to be the best version of themselves and to be fearless in chasing their dreams. When asked about her philosophy for life Ebony replied with Luke 12:48, “To whom much is given, much is required.” She loves to read and listen to music in her down time.