Paliden L. Blakeney graduated from Eastern Senior High School located in Northeast, DC in 1991. After completing a short career in the military and having two children he moved to Virginia.
He landed a job working in a factory that soon closed. Through the WIA program he enrolled in SVCC. He earned an Associate of Arts and Science degree and an Associate in Applied Science in Computer Aided Drafting and Design. While at SVCC he was a founding member of the Minority Awareness Programming Club, a math tutor, and a library work-study student. Blakeney transferred to Lynchburg College and earned a Bachelors in Arts and Science degree. He continued his education and in 2011 earned a Masters in Educational Technology. Reflecting on this education, he said one of his most important conversations was with SVCC math professor, Sharon Dunn. Mrs. Dunn’s encouragement to follow the career path of becoming a math teacher was an important life moment!
Blakeney resides in Farmville and is the lead teacher for Prince Edward Public Schools’ New Horizon Academy. He is the proud father of four children and recently had the honor of watching his son, Shemar, graduate from SVCC while still in high school. Blakeney lives by the motto of “Failure is not an option,” a motto that has served him well.