I walked the halls of Grove Park Elementary School as a student grades 1-5 between 1981 and 1986. I had some of the most amazing teachers and the greatest principal on Earth. I will never forget my principal Sylvia Jones. I thought that she was the tallest woman in the world that gave the tightest hugs. She always greeted me with a smile and spoke life into me.
|My mother Gail Stewart and I at her alma mater Booker T. Washington High School.
So in 2012, I am recognized as one of the top baseball swing coaches in America and Georgia Trend Magazines 2011 40 Brightest People Under the Age of 40. I graduated with honors from Westlake High School and attended Georgia State University on a full academic/athletic scholarship. My childhood dream of becoming a professional baseball player was realized in 1996 when I was drafted by the Chicago Cubs. Now I am the owner of Diamond Directors Player Development, a business that I share with my wife that provides the blue print of success for amateur and professional baseball players across America. How did all of this happen for me?
|2011 GA Trend Magazine 40 Under 40. From left: Bill McLellan, Janet McLellan, Caitlin Sims (Grove Park Principal), Kelli Stewart, Mackenna and Mackenzi Stewart, CJ. Stewart, Steve White and Linda Rothermel.
I was born to amazing Christian parents that partnered with the Atlanta Public School System. A stranger at the time named T.J. Wilson pulled me to the side as a freshman at Westlake High School one day and said “you are going to play this game at the highest level.” His words became action and before you know it, I was receiving professional baseball instruction, playing competitive baseball and being exposed to collegiate and professional scouts. This is my story and an example of how Atlantans effectively serve each other to make this a great city.
|Hanging out with Caitlin Sims and her awesome husband at the Braves game 2012
Below is a wish list from the Grove Park Elementary School Parents. Contact Leslie Meshad at LMeshad@Comcast.net by Monday, November 12th to make donations. Please join the Stewart Family and the Grove Park families on Friday, November 16th as we bring the Stewart Family Resource Center to life at Grove Park Elementary School (20 Evelyn Way, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318). Thank you in advance for your support!
20 Evelyn Way, NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 802-7750 Direct