Rebertha is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Virginia State University, where she earned a B.S. degree in special education and M.Ed. degree in guidance and counseling. Presently, she is continuing her educational studies as a doctoral student in the area of Educational Leadership at Virginia State University. Rebertha’s career tenure spanned from 1983 to 2013 in a variety of fields, including working as an Exceptional Education Teacher on the secondary level, Professional School Counselor and School Counseling Coordinator on the elementary, middle and high school levels, College Liaison for An Achievable Dream Middle and High School of Newport News, VA, Adjunct Professor in the Early Childhood Program and Educational Talent Search, Instructor at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, GRASP Advisor for the West End Teen Center, Outreach Counselor for Crater Juvenile Detention Center, Youth Services Director for the City of Petersburg, educational support staff member for Poplar Springs Hospital and recreation worker and supervisor for Petersburg’s Parks and Leisure Services. Rebertha notes the richness of her career as the opportunity to work with and mentor students representing vast backgrounds and cultures from six school divisions in the state of Virginia, including Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, and Henrico County Schools and Petersburg, Portsmouth and Richmond City Schools. Rebertha loves working with all students and holds a very special place in her heart for underrepresented youth. Since her retirement in August of 2013, Rebertha Pope-Matthews continues her life’s work to help and empower youth in Virginia and Washington D.C. Her added joy comes from traveling, the sound of music and basking in the love of her dear family members and friends.