#MNPSVoices: Cameo Bobo, Coordinator of Board Operations
Cameo Bobo can always be seen moving swiftly through the hallways of the district’s Central Office and she is a consistent ray of sunshine carrying a smile on her face everywhere she goes.
“I’m not necessarily in a hurry to get anywhere, I just like moving quickly, I used to be a track star so I’m a natural runner,” Bobo said.
Bobo started out as a senior secretary to the board administrator/liaison for Metro Nashville Public Schools 12 years ago; however, she had other dreams as well.
“I actually wanted to be a fashion buyer and go to the Olympics,” she said.
Bobo grew up in Jackson, Tennessee and she always had a well mapped out plan for her future. While in high school she attended a college fair where she only stopped at booths that had Fashion Merchandising as a major.
“My choices were narrowed down to Ole Miss, Jackson State University, Tennessee State University and Middle Tennessee State University,” said Bobo, who ultimately chose MTSU where she graduated with a degree in Fashion Merchandising.
Upon graduation, Bobo was excited to plow full-speed ahead into her new career in the fashion industry but life redirected her plans, as she welcomed a new baby boy into her life.
“I’m blessed to have him,” she said. “I don’t know where my life would be without my son.”
Bobo planted her roots down in the Middle Tennessee area and, for the sake of her family, decided to pursue a career providing a more stable schedule than the fashion industry.
“Due to my son’s age, it was more practical for me to pursue a profession that had flexible hours,” she said. “I chose MNPS, and it was a good decision for me.”
Bobo currently serves as coordinator of board operations where she supports the goals and objectives of the school board members and the district as a whole. She believes that starting her career in MNPS laid the foundation for who she is in her current role as well as in her personal life.
“My previous supervisors were great communicators and very organized people. They set the foundation but I have made this position my own,” Bobo said.
Bobo enjoys putting together events for the school board but also still has a passion for fashion. She has been a fashion designer for Nashville’s Fashion Week and started a mentoring program for young girls called F.A.W.M. – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. In addition, she has designed a line of F.A.W.M. girls’ clothing as well.
“I started the F.A.W.M. program because – I had two younger brothers and I didn’t have a big sister to help me navigate through those tough adolescent years,” she said. “I want to instill in young girls the value of self-love, self-confidence, and how to navigate through rough areas like bullying.”
While Ms. Bobo has no immediate plans to fully immerse herself into the world of fashion, she continues her mentoring through public speaking events and through her fashion line.
“I would like to continue my support of the school board members and Dr. Joseph in helping create a district in which our students are exceeding great expectations, every day.”