Holding a Doctorate in Education from The University of West Georgia, a Master’s in Education from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Bentley University, Dr. Chantrise is currently in the final semester of her Master of Divinity degree at Columbia Theological Seminary (Completion May 2024). So, it is no surprise that Dr. Chantrise has authored numerous books and other educational products. In addition to TeachStayLove: A Reflective Journal to Help You Stay in the Profession You Love and Shoes Without Feet: A Journey of Strength, Hope, Obstacles, Encouragement, and Success, Noah Had an Ark. You Need a R.A.F.T.: Resilience and Flexible Thinking she is also the creator and author of a journal series titled Living A Resurrected Life a set of 31 day journals focused on one of twelve principals that women need to regain the life that they’ve lost or begin living the life they were supposed to be living in the first place.
First Lady C, or Dr. First Lady as she is affectionately called, isn’t just passionate about teaching; It’s her spiritual gift. Her love for teaching hasn’t fizzled out since her days as a public school teacher, and her enthusiasm burns brighter than ever as she uses her gift to support the Body of Christ. She’s all about that Proverbs 22:6 life – “Train up a child in the way he should go: And when he is old, he will not depart from it.” And let’s not forget Proverbs 9:9 – “Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.” Her goal is to make sure everyone who experiences her teaching walks away with practical knowledge they can immediately use. And if she does it correctly, they have fun too.
Dr. Chantrise is the proud wife of Rev. Dr. CJ Holliman, Pastor of St. Philip AME Church in Savannah, GA, the proud mom and bonus mom of five, the YaYa of two, and the Doggie Grandma of three. She is also a member of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and the Savannah Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.