National and State Recognitions

Need-to-know highlights in National and State Recognitions:
  • 99% of Gwinnett schools make AYP. Read more…
  • 14 Gwinnett schools recognized with Distinguished Achievement Award. Read more…
  • Three from GCPS named state's Counselors of the Year. Read more…
  • American Red Cross, State Superintendent honors GCPS bus driver for saving student. Read more…
  • North Gwinnett HS' 'Dawg House' recognized among world's top 12 by DECA. Read more…
  • Brookwood HS educator earns Unsung Hero from ING. Read more…
  • GCPS' Department of Psychological Services department receives Innovative Practice Award. Read more…
  • 12 GCPS educators among new Master Teachers certified by the state. Read more…
  • Gwinnett PTA units recognized at state level. Read more…
  • Harbins ES and Norcross HS receive 2009 Library Media Exemplary Award by State DOE. Read more…
  • Maxwell educator honored by Construction Education Foundation of Georgia. Read more…
  • Teachers as Leaders names Class of 2009-10. Read more…

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    99% of Gwinnett schools make AYP:
    Berkmar HS and Central Gwinnett HS make AYP

    Summer graduates propelled two Gwinnett high schools into the “Making AYP” (Adequate Yearly Progress) column, bringing GCPS to 99% with 108 schools making AYP of the 109 schools required to meet the state standards. The Georgia Department of Education recently announced its amended AYP determinations, which includes the summer graduates, appeals, and CRCT summer retest scores. The recalculations of summer graduates update the status for both Berkmar HS and Central Gwinnett HS.

    For Central Gwinnett HS, making AYP means the school will not face any consequences as it made AYP in 2008 and previous years. Berkmar HS remains a “Needs Improvement” (NI) school as it needs to make AYP this year in order to be moved off the NI list. The school will continue to offer choice and supplemental educational services.
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    14 Gwinnett schools recognized with
    Distinguished Achievement Awards

    Fourteen Gwinnett schools are among a group of Georgia schools honored in the second year of the State School Superintendent’s Distinguished Achievement Awards.

    These awards reflect rigorous instruction provided by committed educators who engage learners with opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in an interactive environment of problem solving and decision making, says Dale Robbins, the school system’s associate superintendent for Teaching and Learning. GCPS believes in meeting the needs of all students by accelerating learning through appropriate academic extensions and interventions. Our approach to teaching and learning is focused on rigorous instructional activities designed to maximize student engagement and differentiated teaching strategies.

    The Distinguished Achievement Awards program recognizes Georgia schools in two different categories. Schools honored for improvement are the 10 schools in each honored subject area and grade that had the greatest improvement in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards for each state test. Schools recognized for achievement are those 10 Georgia schools in each honored subject area and grade that had the highest percentage of students score in the exceeds category for each state test.

    The state test results used for the awards program include Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) for grades 1-8, state Writing Tests for grades 5 and 8, the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT), and the End of Course Tests (EOCT).


    Distinguished Achievement Award Schools
    Achievement, based on CRCT results:
    Brookwood ES
    Riverside ES
    Simpson ES
    Crews MS
    Five Forks MS
    Osborne MS

    Achievement,
    based on EOCT:
    Brookwood HS
    Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
    Phoenix HS

    Achievement,
    based on GHSGT results:
    Brookwood HS
    Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
    Achievement, based on Writing results:
    Brookwood ES
    Simpson ES
    Crews MS
    Osborne MS
    Pinckneyville MS


    Improvement, based on GHSGT results:
    GIVE Center East
    GIVE Center West
    Meadowcreek HS

    Improvement, based on CRCT results:
    GIVE Center East
    GIVE Center West

    Improvement, based on EOCT results:
    Shiloh HS

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    Three from GCPS named state Counseling winners
    The Georgia School Counselors Association recently named Maria Grovner of Creekland MS as the 2009 Georgia Middle School Counselor of the Year,
    Dr. Richard Holland, principal of Jones MS, as the 2009 Georgia Counseling Advocate of the Year, and Dr. Yuehong “Maria” Chen Foley of Cedar Hill ES, as the 2009 Georgia Counselor Writer of the Year.

    “These educators exemplify the ideals we strive for in every interaction with our students,” says Dianne Thompson, director of Advisement and Counseling. “It is thrilling to see their commitment to serve and advocate for students recognized by our state.”

    All three Gwinnett honorees will be formally recognized in November at the organization’s annual conference in Atlanta.
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    American Red Cross and State Superintendent
    honor bus manager for saving student

    Dreana Trent, special needs bus manager in the Duluth Transportation Zone, received the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation Valor Award and the American Red Cross' highest honor— a Certificate of Merit— for her quick action to save the life of a nine-year-old GCPS student in December 2008.

    Ms. Trent was driving students home when she noticed a boy was choking. She pulled the bus to the side of the road, asking her trained student assistant to call dispatch over the radio while she rushed to help. When abdominal thrusts did not dislodge the object and the passenger stopped breathing, she laid the boy on the floor of the bus and started chest compressions until the obstruction dislodged and breathing was restored. Just seven days before the incident, Ms.Trent had renewed her Red Cross CPR certification as part of her GCPS Transportation Department annual training.

    “I am always impressed by how much drivers appreciate and participate vigorously in all the training we require them to have,” says Chief Operations Officer Jim Steele. “After this incident, Ms. Trent said, 'I did what I was trained to do.'”

    Ms. Trent also was recognized by State Superintendent Kathy Cox at the October 2009 State Board meeting for her heroic action.
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    North Gwinnett HS' 'Dawg House' recognized
    among world's top 12 by DECA

    North Gwinnett HS’ School-based enterprise (SBE), the “Dawg House” school store, was awarded the Distinguished Presenter Award at the 2009 DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California. The Gold-Certified SBE competed against more than 100 other top Gold-Certified SBEs from all over the world. North Gwinnett HS' DECA students did the presentation which recognized the Dawg House. At the award ceremonies, the Dawg House was named as one of the 12 International Winners—a first for a Gwinnett County SBE. The Dawg House is the only Gold-Certified SBE in Gwinnett County and one of only three in the state. Dr. Jacqueline Huffman serves as the SBE’s sponsor.
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    Brookwood HS educator earns Unsung Hero award from ING

    Dr. Jonathon Wetherington, left, and
    Brookwood HS Principal Debra Dees
    Dr. Jonathon Wetherington of Brookwood HS used some “Bio-teach-nology” to make a heroic impression as one of 100 finalists nationwide to be recognized by ING with an Unsung Heroes Award and a grant for $2,000.

    “The grant will allow the school to update science equipment and develop the foundation of a peer-instruction program between biology classes and electives that will increase student interest and achievement in the biological sciences,” says Dr. Wetherington.

    As a co-creator of the new biotechnology class, which will be offered as an elective at Brookwood HS, Central Gwinnett HS, and Peachtree Ridge HS, Dr. Wetherington says that Biotechnology students are in a unique position to share their newly acquired expertise with other teachers and 9th grade students in biology classes.

    “Extensive research shows that peer-to-peer instruction is an asset in the classroom, and modern biology labs require more extensive equipment and expertise,” he says.“By using the biotechnology students as teaching assistants, we are able to share both equipment and knowledge, which empowers and encourages both the senior and freshman students.”
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    GCPS' Department of Psychological Services
    receives Innovative Practice Award

    GCPS' Department of Psychological Services was recognized by the Georgia Association of School Psychologists with its Innovative Practice Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize a person, group, or district that exhibits innovative practices in the field of school psychology.

    Earlier this school year, the department was recognized by the National Association of School Psychologists for its commitment to the highest standards of professional growth and development for school psychologists. The professional development program implemented by GCPS' Psychological Services is the first and currently the only local district program in the nation to receive this endorsement. The Georgia Association of School Psychologists provided GCPS with this additional recognition for attaining this national distinction.
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    12 GCPS educators among
    Master Teachers certified by state

    Late last spring, the Georgia Department of Education recognized 12 Gwinnett educators who have earned the “Master Teacher” certification, a designation based on appreciable gains in student achievement. Among the state’s 468 Master Teachers, 50 Gwinnett teachers have achieved the honor.

    “We are extremely proud of these educators for supporting our students' academic success,” says Nikki Mouton, GCPS' executive director of Staff Development. “Every Master Teacher models a true commitment to teaching and learning in his or her school community.”

    Georgia’s Master Teacher Certification Program was championed by Governor Perdue during the 2005 legislation session and is coordinated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). It provides statewide recognition to certified public school teachers in Georgia who have at least three years of teaching experience and who consistently demonstrate instructional excellence through student achievement. Master Teachers are eligible to automatically renew their teaching certificates as long as they continue to qualify for Master Teacher status.

    Gwinnett's newest Master Teachers are:

    Master Teacher honorees
    Dr. Tim Mullen of Bay Creek MS
    Lisa L. Williams of Crews MS
    Mandee Jablonski of Berkmar MS
    Jennifer Burley of Duluth MS
    Kimberly Griffin of Berkmar MS
    Nikole Davis of Jones MS
    Lauren Pressley of Berkmar MS
    Wendy McDonald of Starling ES
    Katharine Page of Craig ES
    Tiffany Tatum of Trickum MS
    Laura Gordon of
    Creekland MS
    Angela Douglas Moore of
    Twin Rivers MS

    Click here for more information on the Master Teacher program and here to learn about the application process for the 2010 recognition.
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    Gwinnett PTA units recognized at state level
    The Georgia PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) presented local Gwinnett schools and PTA units with more than 20 awards for their work during the 2008-09 school year. The state organization recognized the efforts of parent leaders, educators, and students, as they worked together to support the teaching and learning that takes place every day in Gwinnett classrooms.

    In order to receive the Georgia PTA honor, each recipient was nominated by the local PTA unit. The nominees are selected by representatives in their PTA district. Below is a listing of Gwinnett PTAs and individuals honored by the Georgia PTA:

    Gwinnett PTA Honors
    Outstanding Principal
    Cindy Antrim of McKendree ES (retired)

    Outstanding School Nurse
    Pam Barrientos of Rockbridge ES


    Outstanding Local Unit
    McKendree ES PTSA, 1st place
    (School with an enrollment of 751 elementary students and above)

    Outstanding Local Unit
    Head ES PTSA, 3rd place
    (School with an enrollment of 751 elementary students and under)

    Outstanding Local Unit
    Five Forks MS PTSA, 2nd place
    (middle school level)
    National PTA Hearst Family-School Partnership Award
    Jackson ES PTA, Award of Merit

    Model PTA Awards:
    Camp Creek ES
    Cedar Hill ES
    Grayson ES
    Head ES
    Jackson ES
    Level Creek ES
    McKendree ES
    Taylor ES
    Winn Holt ES
    Creekland MS
    Five Forks MS
    Richards MS
    Trickum MS
    Brookwood HS


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    Harbins ES and Norcross HS earn
    state's 2009 Library Media Exemplary Award

    The Georgia Department of Education has taken note of the services two Gwinnett schools provide within a school's largest classroom, the media center. Harbins ES and Norcross HS were recognized and presented with the “Exemplary Media Centers” award during the August Georgia Board of Education meeting. The media specialist at Harbins ES is Cindy Brooks, while media specialists Jennifer Lund and Adria Whitworth serve Norcross HS students and teachers.

    “The system’s media centers integrate many key components of learning for our students,” says Faye Curlee, GCPS’ director of Media Services and Technology Training. “Harbins ES and Norcross HS are exemplifying the world-class standards we pursue every day in GCPS.”

    The two media centers were selected based on the roles they play in helping their schools meet school improvement goals and improve student achievement. These schools excelled in the following categories: student achievement and instruction, staffing, facilities, access and resources, administrative support, staff development, and technology integration. The honorees were selected by peer media specialists from around the state, as well as DOE staff members.

    The Georgia DOE Exemplary Library Media Program began in 2002. Meadowcreek ES, Mill Creek HS, and North Gwinnett HS were last year's winners.
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    Maxwell HS of Technology educator honored by
    Construction Education Foundation of Georgia

    Tony Shore of Maxwell HS of Technology was honored by the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) during the conference of Georgia Association of Career and Technical Educators in July 2009 for reporting the most Contren modules per capita. The Contren curriculum is the construction industry's standard in training and education and teachers who report Contren modules on behalf of their students give these students a portable credential issued by the National Center for Construction Education and Research to take to a jobsite, technical college, or four-year university.


    Maxwell HS of Technology students show their skills in the school's construction program.
    The Contren curriculum is really a postsecondary apprentice curriculum, says Mr. Shore, whose construction program has held industry accreditation since 2001. My students benefit because of their exposure to the highly technical nature of the curriculum. Their feedback has been positive because they realize the importance of the information in the curriculum to their future careers in construction.

    He added,
    The award is great because when I share with them what the award is about— all the hard work in the classroom and lab— they appreciate the level of training they are receiving.

    CEFGA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting careers in construction and addressing the industry’s skilled worker shortage. The organization's mission is to attract, train, and motivate the next generation of construction professionals— designers, builders, and managers.
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    Class of 2009-10 begins Teachers as Leaders program
    The following Gwinnett teachers are participants in the Teachers As Leaders Class of 2009-10:
    Teachers As Leaders Class of 2009-10
    Mercy Lopez-Williams of Alcova ES
    Shay Buchanan of Mason ES
    Nicole Scott of Benefield ES
    Carrie Deem of Mill Creek HS
    Brian Boardman of
    Berkeley Lake ES
    Misty Watkins of
    Minor ES
    Marylee Duggins of Berkmar MS
    Heather Bridges of Mountain Park ES
    Midge Miller of Britt ES
    Susan Noland of Mulberry ES
    Debbie Taylor of Brookwood ES
    Jenica Johnson of Nesbit ES
    Elizabeth Wiggins of Brookwood HS
    Laurie Demoff of Norcross ES
    Hope J. Williams of Corley ES
    Sonya Neilson of Norcross HS
    Joe Jenifer of Dacula HS
    Rachel Chatham of Partee ES
    Twania White of
    GIVE Center West
    Dr. Holly Isserstedt of
    Peachtree Ridge HS
    Chisel Valdez of Grayson ES
    Mary Tharp of Puckett's Mill ES
    Christy Mullen of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
    Karen Casanova of Radloff MS
    Sharon Mauney of Harbins ES
    Tonja E. Jackson of Rockbridge ES
    Kellie Slaughter of Harmony ES
    Kristi Rico of Simonton ES
    Tammy Marbut of Ivy Creek ES
    Nakia Miller of Snellville MS
    Jessica Clark of Jones MS
    Shelley Bethel of
    Starling ES
    Sharmeen Raymore of
    Kanoheda ES
    Christy Burns of Sycamore ES
    Veronica Wilson of Lawrenceville ES
    Anna Mary Smith of
    Walnut Grove ES
    Adam Heidenreich of
    Level Creek ES

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  • System, School, and Staff Honors and Student/Team Honors

  • Degrees

  • Presentations

  • Publications

  • Participants, and

  • Grants/scholarships.


  • Special Note: A number of honors arrived after the Spotlight deadline. Watch for those in the December 2009 issue.

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    System, School, and Staff Honors
  • Dr. Aimée Burgamy of Trickum MS— named the national winner of the 2009 Great American Teacher Award, sponsored by the Ron Clark Academy and Great American Financial Resources, Inc. (Watch for more about this award in a future newsletter.)
  • Congratulations to the following educators on their induction into Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization of women educators— Daria Madden of Magill ES; and Patty Kratzer and P.J. Nelson, both of Rosebud ES.
  • Central Gwinnett HS— earned regional 8AAAAA honors in the Governor's Cup Challenge, recognizing numerical improvement with students' SAT scores. The school received a $1,000 grant.
  • Terry Cotton of Parkview HS— named the 2008-09 Georgia Technology Student Association (TSA) High School Advisor of the Year by the Georgia TSA at the 31st Annual National Conference in Denver, Colorado.
  • Loretta Mirandola of Grayson HS— received the Law Teacher of the Year award from the Gwinnett County Bar Association.
  • Tim Watkins of Archer HS and Sarah Swingle of Camp Creek ES— recognized as winners in the Spring 2009 Georgia Stock Market Game, sponsored by the Georgia Council on Economic Education. Both educators took top honors in the state competition among teachers.
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  • Student/Team Honors
  • Congratulations to the following school communities for honors announced late in the 2008-09 school year or early this fall:
    -Parkview HS Marine Corps JROTC unit, selected as a Naval Honors School. Captain Modesto Silverio, USMC retired, and Gunnery Sergeant and Marine Instructor Dave Erwin, USMC retired, serve as instructors.
    - Parkview HS Stock Market Game team, winners of the Spring 2009 Georgia Stock Market Game, coached by Tim Watkins, now at Archer HS.
    - Shiloh HS Air Force JROTC unit, selected as one of 393 units to receive the 2008-2009 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award. Major Lourdes Trujillo and Master Sgt. Demetrius Cook serve as instructors.
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  • Degrees
  • Dr. Loretta Denmark of McKendree ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Mercer University.
  • Dr. Gregory Cunningham of Archer HS— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Mercer University.
  • Dr. Melissa Kinard of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology— earned a doctoral degree in Science Education from Georgia State University.
  • Dr. Lisa Lang of Curriculum and Instruction— earned a doctoral degree in Language and Literacy Education from the University of Georgia.
  • Dr. Dion Jones of Rockbridge ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Mercer University.
  • Dr. James Martinez of Sweetwater MS— earned an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Education and Sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
  • Dr. Daundria Phillips of Norton ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Mercer University.
  • Dr. Verna Ramdeen of Sweetwater MS— earned a doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University-Sarasota Campus.
  • Dr. Sheila Sudderth of Central Gwinnett HS— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Capella University.
  • Dr. N. Jean Walker of Curriculum and Instruction— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Mercer University.
  • Stacey Abraku of Sweetwater MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Capella University.
  • Erin Butler of Dacula MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.
  • Gayla Davis of Meadowcreek ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Nancy Gibbs of Ivy Creek ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Barvette Gourdine of Britt ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.
  • Kevin Gray of Sweetwater MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
  • Beth Greene of Craig ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Kathy Herrin of Camp Creek ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Reading Education from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Nicole Anderson-Irish of Dacula MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.
  • Robin Ivy of Ivy Creek ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Wendell LaTouche of Dacula MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.
  • Vanessa Leonard of Dacula MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
  • Midge Miller of Britt ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Education from Piedmont College.
  • Deanna Morrison of Brookwood HS— earned a specialist’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Elethia Rhoden of Dacula MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.
  • Jeff Rogers of Sweetwater MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.
  • Penny L. Servies of Craig ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Michele Smith of Dacula MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.
  • Karin Waters of Ivy Creek ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Donna Wright of Ivy Creek ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Anise Anderson of Berkmar HS— earned a master’s degree in Education Leadership from Grand Canyon University.
  • Patrick Anim of School Nutrition— earned a master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.
  • Grayson Bowen of Summerour MS— earned a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Troy University-Covington Branch.
  • Kristen Easterling of Chesney ES— earned a master's degree, concentrating in Arts in Teaching, from Mercer University.
  • Joanie Huston of Magill ES— earned a master's degree in School Counseling from Georgia State University.
  • Michael Lytle of Dacula MS— earned a master’s degree in Teaching/Special Education from Piedmont College.
  • Hyun McGee of Chesney ES— earned a master's degree in Reading, Language, and Literacy from Georgia State University.
  • Mariela Medina of Berkmar HS— earned a master's degree in School Guidance and Counseling from The University of West Alabama.
  • Elkin Mosquera of Chesney ES— earned a master's degree in Music from the University of Massachusetts.
  • Sandra Mosquera of GIVE West— earned a master's degree in Education/ESOL from Antillean Adventist University.
  • Davelon Norris of Dacula MS— earned a master’s degree in Middle School Education from Walden University.
  • Amy Russell of Britt ES— earned a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College.
  • Diedre Sellers of Dacula MS— earned a master’s degree in Learning and Literacy in the Content Areas (Grades 6-12) from Walden University.
  • Sandra Walker of Chesney ES— earned a master's degree in Elementary Education from Aquinas College.
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  • Presentations
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— presented “Connecting Collage to Canvas” and “Walking the Talk… Advocacy at its BEST!” at the National Art Education Association Convention.
  • Jana Czerwonky of Berkmar MS— presented a workshop,“Instructional Coaching - Driven by Data,” at the 2nd annual Georgia Master Teachers Conference.
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  • Publications
  • Gail Y. Green of Berkmar HS— wrote an article, “Engaging Online High School Students with ClassLive Pro Powered by Elluminate,” for Distance Learning for Educators, Trainers, and Leaders, published by the United States Distance Learning Association.
  • Karen Burnette Garner of Teaching and Learning— received 2nd place for the Langston Hughes Award in a national poetry contest sponsored by the Georgia Poetry Society. The winning entry, “Here One Day,” will be published by the Georgia Poetry Society in its yearly anthology, Reach of Song.
  • David S. Young of Brookwood ES— recognized in the Class Notes Connections section of Georgia State University Magazine's fall issue for publishing “Skits, Raps and Poems for the School Counselor.”
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  • Participants
  • Dr. Sidney Rabsatt of Shiloh HS— selected to attend EurekaFest at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and one of 10 finalists for a $10,000 InventTeam classroom grant.
  • Chris Rogers of Harbins ES— selected by the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to attend the 2009 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at the Liberty Science Center.
  • Dr. Byron Howard Sr. of Bay Creek MS and Dr. Janet Brown-Howard of Lilburn MS— served as chairpersons of the education committee for the town hall meeting related to school bullying at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Summer Conference. Dr. Brown-Howard also was a panelist for the topic discussion.
  • José DeJesus of Beaver Ridge ES— selected to serve on the 2009-10 Elementary Principal Advisory Council by State Superintendent Kathy Cox.
  • The following staff members were selected to participate in the 25th Class of Leadership Gwinnett: Mary Elizabeth Davis of Curriculum and Instruction, Bob Jackson of Meadowcreek HS, Dr. Jeff Mathews of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, and Dr. Gene Taylor of Lilburn MS.
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— served as a faculty member at the Tennessee Arts Academy in July. She taught “Thematic Art Adventures” to more than 100 art educators.
  • Kristina Cabral of South Gwinnett HS and Sherry Abts of Curriculum and Instruction— participated in Oxford College’s Institute for Environmental Education. Ms. Abts also served as a Master Teacher for the Institute.
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  • Grants/Scholarships
  • Freeman’s Mill ES— received a $20,000 Excellence in Education Science Lab grant from AT&T.
  • GCPS Foundation Fund, Inc.— received a $10,000 contribution from Primerica for academic and college-access programs for Gwinnett students.
  • Rock Springs ES— received a $5,000 donation from the Zane Collins Foundation and a matching $5,000 donation from Publix to fund the school's new “Zane Zone” Science Lab.
  • Sergio Parra of Osborne MS— received a $5,000 scholarship for his selection as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) scholar.
  • Parsons ES— received a $5,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation. The funds will be used to improve the school’s outdoor areas, playground, and Peace Garden.
  • Rock Springs ES— received a $3,000 donation from Wal-Mart for afterschool academic programs.
  • Centerville ES and Sweetwater MS— received $1,000 Healthy Lifestyle grants from the National PTA .
  • Britt ES— received $2,360 from the South Gwinnett Cluster Foundation to support the “Tools for Success: Building a Literate Community” program at the school.

    Pictured left to right: Betsy Gresh, Britt ES literacy coach and grant author; Chip Stewart and Kelly A. McAloon, South Gwinnett Cluster Foundation board members; and Doris Jones, principal of Britt ES.
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