Latoya Cohen is named November's Employee that Empowers

With a decade of school finance experience prior to her time in our district, Latoya Cohen joined our GMSD family in 2018 as a senior accountant. During her tenure, she assumed additional responsibilities and was promoted to controller and then to finance supervisor.

Latoya has a strong working knowledge of accounting policies and procedures and of systems

development. She is a tremendous support to the CFO and other district staff in day-to-day operations as well as special projects. Her work is accurate and focused. Latoya shared with us that her mother was an accountant and that her college-aged son is currently studying at the University of Alabama to become an accountant. When asked what most excites her about her job, she said, “I enjoy using analytical skills to work with the numbers”.

In addition to completing great work in her regularly assigned duties, Latoya often takes the initiative to streamline procedures and provide clarity to fellow staff members. This year, she created new standard forms used by employees in receiving stipends and seeking travel reimbursements to bolster the district’s efficiency during financial audits and redesigned the Finance Department’s website.

Last year, Latoya also became a Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) through an accreditation process.