After graduating from Liberty County High in 2000, Chanté attended Spelman College where she graduated with honors with a degree in English in 2004. At Spelman, she participated in the college honors program, served as chapter president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, was a member of the Spelman College Glee Club, and was inducted into several honor societies including the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society. Upon graduating from Spelman, Chanté moved directly into a doctoral program at Emory University. There, she worked as an academic advisor in the Office for Undergraduate Education and served as a graduate assistant for the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Summer Institute, a program co-sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). She also received a Mellon Teaching Fellowship in 2009, which afforded her the opportunity to teach literature courses at her alma mater, Spelman, for one year. In 2010, Chanté earned a PhD in American Studies, with a concentration in 20th-Century African American Literature.


            Today, Chanté is an Associate Professor of English at Savannah State University where she teaches courses in Composition and African American Literature and is the former Coordinator of English for the Department of English, Languages, and Cultures.


            Since she’s been “home,” Chanté has volunteered with various projects sponsored by the Liberty County School System. These include co-facilitating a parent involvement workshop at Bradwell Institute, volunteering at Bradwell’s "Georgia Apply to College Day," serving as the speaker for Waldo Pafford Elementary School's Fifth Grade Graduation and serving

 as a judge for school- and county-level "Poetry Out Loud" Competitions. In 2016, Chanté served as the Commemorative Program speaker for Liberty County’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Celebration.


            Chanté is a member of Baconton Missionary Baptist Church, Hinesville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Limerick Chapter #336, Order of the Eastern Star, all in Liberty County. She is married to Attorney Reginald C. Martin and has one daughter, Olivia.



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