Volume 3 , Number 1November 29, 2010


National and State Recognitions

Need-to-know highlights in National and State Recognitions:
  • GCPS earns Broad Prize and $1 million in scholarships. Read more…
  • GCPS receives social studies grant. Read more…
  • 14 GCPS high schools on Newsweek top schools list. Read more…
  • Riverside ES teacher earns problem-solving kudos. Read more…
  • Gabby Bray of Gwinnett County Online Campus named a finalist for National Online Teacher of the Year. Read more…
  • Gwinnett teachers invited to participate in 'study abroad' programs in Costa Rica and China during the summer. Read more…
  • SNP recognized by Georgia DOE with two Georgia USDA Best Practice awards. Read more…
  • Debbie Dees of Brookwood HS recognized by state educators. Read more…
  • Kelly Flower, Dr. Dana Edwards, and Karen Griffith named state counseling award winners. Read more…
  • Georgia PTA honors Couch MS, Devon Williams, and Carolyn Johnson of Camp Creek ES. Read more…
  • Maxwell HS of Technology's Graphic Communications program earns national recognition from the graphic communications industry . Read more…
  • System applauds 19 new Master Teachers, boosting Gwinnett's total to 69 educators. Read more…
  • 73 schools recognized as 'Green & Healthy Schools' by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. Read more…
  • 36 teachers named to the first class of GCPS' Aspiring Leader Program. Read more…


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    GCPS earns The Broad Prize for Urban Education
    Click here for a video wrap-up of this honor. Catch some of the Broad announcement and celebration in this Broad Prize slideshow and the recent edition of Torch. Click here for information about how GCPS seniors can apply for one of the 2011 Broad scholarships.

    sculpture ©Tom Otterness,2002

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    GCPS receives $1.4 million grant for social studies education
    Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is one of only four school districts in Georgia to earn a $1.4 million "Teaching American History" grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The funding will support professional learning for more than 150 high school social studies teachers as they work to raise the achievement of Gwinnett students.

    “Our high school teachers are very excited about the opportunity,” says
    Dr. Debbie Daniell, the school district’s director of Social Studies. “It will help our American history teachers enhance their classroom teaching experience— for their students and for themselves.”

    The five-year Teaching American History grant program will improve teachers' understanding of American history through intensive professional development, including study trips to historic sites and mentoring with professional historians and other experts.

    GCPS is using the grant to create, implement, and fund the Gwinnett County Public Schools Teaching American History (TAH) Project—American History: Examining Years of Economic Strides. The program will encourage critical thinking and historical investigation into central themes and concepts in American history through the lens of economics. It will help teachers gain a better understanding of how to apply economic analysis and reasoning to the events taught in their traditional American history courses.
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    Newsweek recognizes 14 GCPS high schools
    Newsweek magazine identifies American high schools with the highest "Challenge Index," which honors schools that persuade "average students" to take challenging college-level classes and exams. Just over 1,600 schools— only 6% of all public schools in the U.S.— made the list.

    Gwinnett schools on this year's list include Berkmar HS, Brookwood HS, Central Gwinnett HS, Collins Hill HS, Dacula HS, Duluth HS, Grayson HS, Meadowcreek HS, Mill Creek HS, Norcross HS, North Gwinnett HS, Parkview HS, Peachtree Ridge HS, and Shiloh HS.

    To learn more, review Newsweek's Frequently Asked Questions page.

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    Riverside ES' Sebastian recognized by
    Future Problem Solving Program International

    Marion Sebastian of Riverside ES was honored by the Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI). The organization, which promotes creative problem solving events and activities for students, presented the veteran educator with its John Daughtrey Memorial Award.

    Annually, FPSPI holds global events, stimulating critical and creative thinking skills among students. It inspires students to be able to solve the real-world problems of the future. Ms. Sebastian was honored for the many roles she has performed with the program and her commitment to her students.

    Her principal, Dr. Craig Barlow, credits Ms. Sebastian for Riverside students’ strong performance in FPSPI events. “Since our school opened 10 years ago, she has been the driving force behind our school’s efforts. Under her leadership, our students have won local, state, and international recognitions.”
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    Bray named finalist for National Online TOTY
    Gabby Bray, the social studies instructional lead teacher with Gwinnett County Online Campus, was named one of three finalists for the National Online Teacher of the Year Award. The award recognizes teachers who have made exceptional contributions to K-12 online education. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), an Atlanta-based nonprofit that advocates for education in Georgia and 15 other states, and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) presented the award.
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    Teachers participate in 'study abroad' programs
    A number of Gwinnett educators racked up the frequent flyer miles this summer. Among the teachers who studied abroad were:
    Dr. Aimée Burgamy of Trickum MS spent part of her summer in Costa Rica as Georgia’s ambassador for the Toyota International Teacher Program. As one of 26 participants from the United States, Dr. Burgamy was selected from nearly 800 applicants for the study designed to enhance environmental education.

    —The following educators traveled to China with the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA): Gil Few of Archer HS; Tori Cimo and Dr. Terrae Fogarty, both of Collins Hill HS; Bill Nelson of Lanier HS; Lindsey Cafarella of Peachtree Ridge HS; Dr. Laura Graham and Melinda Rog, both of Pinckneyville MS; and Rebecca White of South Gwinnett HS. Ms. Cimo also traveled on to Japan.

    Of the experience, Mr. Nelson said, "The NCTA trip to China was truly amazing. I highly recommend all social studies teachers, and even administrators at any level, consider participating in the program to learn about the fastest-growing part of the world."
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    SNP recognized by Georgia DOE
    The work being accomplished by Gwinnett's School Nutrition Program (SNP) has gained state recognition.

    The Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Program submitted Gwinnett's SNP as a Georgia U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Best Practice Award winner for Promoting a Healthy School Environment and for Increasing Participation in School Lunch.
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    Brookwood HS' Dees recognized by state educators
    Veteran Gwinnett educator Debbie Dees of Brookwood HS received the 2010 Jim Puckett Outstanding Educator Award from the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) and the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP). As this year’s honoree, Ms. Dees is recognized as an educator who possesses a record of service for the profession of educational leadership that is considered exemplary, and who exhibits leadership characteristics that are considered a positive role model for others.

    “Clearly, Debbie Dees exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding educator and leader,” says Area Superintendent Calvin Watts. “Brookwood High has a tradition of excellence that Ms. Dees has cultivated. In doing so, she has exhibited outstanding leadership and has challenged her school community to achieve at increasingly higher levels.”
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    Three from GCPS named state counseling winners
    The Georgia School Counselors Association named Kelly Flower of Five Forks MS as the 2010 Georgia Middle School Counselor of the Year, Dr. Dana Edwards of Grayson ES as the 2010 Georgia Elementary School Counselor of the Year, and Karen Griffith of Berkeley Lake ES as the 2010 Georgia Counselor Writer of the Year. Ms. Griffith, the 2008 Georgia Elementary Counselor of the Year and a finalist for the 2009 National Elementary Counselor of the Year title, is now being recognized for her published work. Her book is titled “Creative Small Groups, Ready-to-Use Lessons for Grades K-5.”

    Dr. Edwards, Mrs. Flower, and Ms. Griffith earned Georgia’s top counseling honors after being named county and Region 2 winners earlier this year. Dr. Edwards has been nominated by the state for the national competition and will vie for the National Counselor of the Year title. Gwinnett County counselors are consistently among the most recognized in the country in state and national honors.

    "It is gratifying to see these educators represent the school system and the counseling profession," says Dianne Thompson, director of Advisement and Counseling. This recognition solidly confirms the caring and professional approach they bring to their work in our schools.”

    All three Gwinnett honorees were formally recognized in November at the Georgia School Counselor Association annual state conference in Athens.
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    Georgia PTA honors Gwinnett schools
    The partnership between Gwinnett’s parents, students, and educators is key to thriving learning communities. The Georgia Parent Teacher Association (PTA) recognized the following school and individuals for the 2009-10 school year:

    Outstanding Local Unit, Middle
    Couch MS
    PTSA 12, Area III Gwinnett, 1st place
    Outstanding Principal, Middle
    Devon Williams of Couch MS
    Outstanding School Nurse
    Carolyn Johnson of Camp Creek ES
    PTA 12, Area I Gwinnett

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    Maxwell HS of Technology's Graphic Communications
    program earns industry accreditation

    The Graphic Communications program at Maxwell High School of Technology has earned “PrintED Accreditation,” a national recognition from the graphic communications industry.

    The PrintED accreditation program is based on industry standards and administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF). PrintED grants accreditation to institutions that have met industry standards for communications courses of study at the secondary and postsecondary level. Maxwell’s accredited courses include Introduction to Graphic Communications, Advertising and Design, Digital File Preparation, and Digital File Output.

    In addition to its Graphic Communications program, the school also holds accreditation in its Architecture, Drawing, and Design Program; Auto Collision and Repair; Automotive Services Technology; Construction; and Welding programs.
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    19 GCPS educators among state's new Master Teachers
    Since 2005, Georgia educators have had the opportunity to earn the Georgia "Master Teacher" certification, a designation based on appreciable gains in student achievement. Among the state’s 600 Master Teachers, 69 Gwinnett educators have achieved the honor.

    “Achieving certification as a Master Teacher makes a strong statement of commitment,” says Nikki Mouton, GCPS' executive director of Staff Development. “These educators have taken the next step in their professional development to facilitate our students' success."

    Georgia’s Master Teacher Certification Program is coordinated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). 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. Application materials for the 2011 cycle are available on the GaPSC's website.

    Gwinnett's newest Master Teachers are:

    Master Teacher honorees
    Dr. Teresa Allen Bitterman
    of Osborne MS

    Dr. Lori Bowen
    of Mill Creek HS

    Patsy Burgess of Pinckneyville MS
    Carolyn Cremer of Duluth MS
    Dana Griffith of Berkmar MS
    Angela Guthrie of Mason ES
    Helon L. Hogan
    of Duluth MS

    Sally A. Hollyfield
    of Cedar Hill ES
    Suzanne Hood
    of Harbins ES

    Susan Hyzer of Burnette ES
    Linda Holloway LaPerre
    of Trickum MS

    Christine Ann Loughman
    of Berkmar MS

    Jessica E. Marshall
    of Puckett's Mill ES

    J.W. Mozley of Duluth MS
    Jan Willis Parker of Crews MS
    Shannon Sesco Penick
    of Osborne MS

    Kelly Sloan of Osborne MS
    Rori Smith of North Gwinnett MS
    Marian Stalvey of Osborne MS

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    73 recognized as GCPS' Green & Healthy Schools
    The Green & Healthy School Program is a joint initiative of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett County Public Schools. The program promotes strategic planning, teaching, learning, and doing that results in a greener and healthier natural world.
    More than half of GCPS' schools have earned Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's Environmental Achievement Award, which recognizes schools for documenting their planning and implementation of environmental programs, practices, and education efforts in seven specific earth-friendly areas: waste reduction, education and stewardship, water conservation and watershed protection, air quality, energy conservation, beautification and green space preservation, and community outreach.
    A total of 73 schools were recognized for their commitment to thinking, acting, and achieving green in their learning communities during the 2009-10 school year.

    "The Green & Healthy Schools Program enables students and teachers to apply skills like critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity— considered by many to be the new basics of 21st century learning— to content knowledge, especially in the area of environmental literacy/the living world. This focus increases motivation and improves learning outcomes," said Brenda McDaniel, education manager for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful.

    The schools include:

    Reaching High Green & Healthy Schools... at the highest level
    Arcado ES
    Beaver Ridge ES
    Berkeley Lake ES
    Brookwood ES
    Brookwood HS
    Buice School
    Camp Creek ES
    Cedar Hill ES
    Craig ES
    Duluth MS
    Duncan Creek ES
    Dyer ES
    Fort Daniel ES

    Freeman’s Mill ES
    Grayson ES
    Harbins ES
    Head ES
    Jackson ES
    Lanier MS
    Level Creek ES
    Lovin ES
    Mason ES
    Maxwell HS of Technology
    McKendree ES
    Minor ES
    Monarch School
    Mulberry ES
    Norcross HS
    North Gwinnett HS
    North Gwinnett MS
    Parsons ES
    Pinckneyville MS
    Puckett’s Mill ES
    Riverside ES
    Rock Springs ES
    Rosebud ES
    Starling ES
    Sugar Hill ES
    Trip ES
    Winn Holt ES
    Taking Action Green & Healthy... renewing commitment
    Alcova ES
    Annistown ES
    Britt ES
    Centerville ES
    Chesney ES
    Collins Hill HS
    Corley ES
    Creekland ES
    Dacula ES


    Duluth HS
    Five Forks MS
    Gwin Oaks ES
    Harmony ES
    Harris ES
    Knight ES
    Magill ES
    Mill Creek HS
    Mountain Park ES
    Oakland Meadow School
    Patrick ES
    Peachtree Ridge HS
    Pharr ES
    Rockbridge ES
    Simpson ES
    Shiloh MS
    Sycamore ES
    Taylor ES
    Trickum MS
    Progressing Green & Healthy Schools... making progress
    Bethesda ES
    Kanoheda ES
    Meadowcreek ES
    Partee ES
    Discovering Green & Healthy Schools... getting started
    Dacula MS

    Click here to find out more about these honored schools.
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    36 in first class of GCPS' Aspiring Leader Program
    Congratulations are in order for the Class of 2010 in Gwinnett's Aspiring Leader Program (ALP). ALP develops future assistant principals during a six-month program, which began in January. The participants were selected through a comprehensive screening process, and several have been appointed to leadership positions.

    Teaching methods include case studies, role playing activities, panel discussions, and collaborative adult learning. After completing the coursework, each participant will complete a three-week residency during summer school.

    The program's participants include:
    Aspiring Leader Program
    Heather Alvira of Minor ES
    Shamika Ballard-Simpson
    of Simonton ES

    Brian Baron of Shiloh HS
    Matthew Bartholomew
    of Chesney ES

    Tamika Beck of Ferguson ES
    Beverly Boucaud of Summerour MS
    L. Michelle Burton of Snellville MS
    Tamara Candis of Walnut Grove ES
    Cecilia Carmichael of Lilburn MS
    Christopher Carter of Lilburn MS
    Carla Clark of Lilburn MS
    Joe Cobb of Lanier HS
    April Coleman of Osborne MS
    Jonathan Day of Mulberry ES
    Danyel Dollard of Duluth HS
    Tyuan Duncan of Norton ES
    Heidi Gholston of Crews MS
    Jennifer E. Johnson of Shiloh MS
    David W. Jones of Shiloh ES
    Teresa Lathrup of Twin Rivers MS
    Kim Morris of Stripling ES
    Michelle Parker of Richards MS
    Gale Phillips of Benefield ES
    Wendy Rhodes of Mountain View HS
    Holly Rutledge of Gwinnett
    Environmental & Heritage Center
    Cynthia V. Smith of Alcova ES
    LaShawn Smith of Richards MS
    Michele A. Smith of Jenkins ES
    Brent Tisdale of Grayson HS
    Chisel Valdez of Grayson ES
    Dr. Erica Wakefall of Centerville ES
    Holly Warren of Walnut Grove ES
    Kyle Williams of Archer HS
    Pamela J. Williams of Nesbit ES
    Tim Wyant of GIVE East
    Heather Young of Norcross HS

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    Need-to-know highlights in Spotlight:
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  • System, School, and Staff Honors

  • Student/Team Honors

  • Degrees

  • Certifications and Endorsements

  • Presentations

  • Publications

  • Participants, and

  • Grants/Scholarships.

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    System, School, and Staff Honors
  • GCPS— recognized by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association. The district was ranked sixth in the nation for large school population, based on its responses on the 2010 Digital School District Survey. Christopher Wells of Information Management accepted the award on behalf of GCPS at the National School Boards Association’s Technology and Learning Conference.
  • Bay Creek MS— received the Rookie of the Year award at the Power Over Prejudice Summit for its diversity programs.
  • Angie Hembree of Norcross HS— named 2009-10 AAAAA State Basketball Coach of the Year.
  • Chris Michael of Brookwood HS— won 2nd place in Georgia Tech's Georgia Intern Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT) Action Plan Achievement Awards Program and received a prize of $750.
  • Jim Steele, Chief Operations Officer— inducted into the Stephens County, Georgia, Hall of Fame for his lifelong accomplishments and service to the community.
  • Dr. Abdulah Kapic of Sweetwater MS— honored with the Building Bridges Award from the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta.
  • Leslie Harper of Collins Hill HS and Georgann Eaton of Sweetwater MS— both were honored as the Gwinnett Braves’ “10th man” for community spirit as a people who “Best Embody the Spirit of Gwinnett.”
  • Kathy Herrin of Camp Creek ES— recognized with a 2009-10 11Alive Class Act Award.
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  • Student/Team Honors
  • Collins Hill HS— earned the Regions Director's Cup, presented by Regions Bank and the Georgia Athletic Directors Association. Roland Wallace serves as Activities Director.
  • Collins Hill HS Screamin' Eagle Band, directed by Ryan Bybee, and assisted by Daniel Treuman— earned Grand Championship titles at the Georgia Contest of Champions and at the Southern Invitational Music Festival, and was named a finalist in the Bands of America Atlanta Super Regional Championships.
  • Parkview HS Marine JROTC— earned a Naval Honor School Award for the third consecutive year from the Commanding General Training and Education Command in Quantico, Va. Major Ron Tootle and Gunnery Sgt. Dave Erwin serve as instructors.
  • Shiloh HS AFJROTC— selected as a 2009-10 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit by the Department of the Air Force. Major Lourdes Trujillo and Master Sgt. Demetris Cook serve as instructors.
  • Congratulations to the following school communities, student-athletes, and coaches for AAAAA state athletic and extracurricular championships in 2009-10:
    - Brookwood HS Boys Cross Country Team— Ben Dehnke, head coach, assisted by David Thompson and Joe Carter;
    - Brookwood HS Boys Swim and Dive Team— Greg Puckett, head coach, assisted by Michelle Golden.
    - Brookwood HS Track Team— Bill Shields, head coach, assisted by Ben Dehnke, Murry Bell, Mark Kelley, Bobby Moeck, and Joe Carter;
    - Collins Hill HS Girls Golf Team— Bob Warman, head coach, assisted by Brett Savage;
    - Collins Hill HS Softball Team— Billy Dooley, head coach, assisted by Melissa Richardson;
    - Collins Hill HS Boys Soccer Team— Drew Prentice, head coach, assisted by Roger Warner, Rob Hutcheson, and Joe Aaron;
    -Collins Hill HS Wrestling Team— now-retired Head Coach Cliff Ramos; and Jason Burton, head coach, assisted by Joe Floyd and Richard Pruitt
    - Gwinnett Heat Adapted Sports Football Team— coached by Michaela Istone of Oakland Meadow School, Jennifer Elinburg of Mountain View HS, and community coach Brian Elinburg.
    - Mill Creek HS Competition Cheerleading Team— coached by Brenda Petty, Ashley Taube, Katie Avery, Camille Larkin, Haley Garner, Meredith Mitchell, Suzanne Smethers, Kari Corbin, and Jennifer Maloney;
    - Norcross HS Girls Basketball Team— Angie Hembree, head coach, assisted by Jay Nebel and Troy Nasworthy;
    - Norcross HS One-Act Play Program— Gina Parrish and Randy Kemper, advisors;
    - North Gwinnett HS Girls Cross Country Team— Mark Karen, head coach, assisted by Kim Wimpey, Evan Wimpey, Erik Crawford, and Mario Raley;
    - North Gwinnett HS Girls Soccer Team— Mark Karen, head coach, assisted by Erik Crawford, Kim Wimpey, Evan Wimpey, and Mario Raley; and
    -Peachtree Ridge HS Co-Ed Competition Cheerleading Team— coached by Dr. Rob Spencer.
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  • Degrees
  • Dr. Gail Green of Berkmar HS— earned a doctoral degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Dr. Twanitta M. Harris of Sweetwater MS— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Capella University.
  • Dr. Lawanna M. Lewis of Norton ES— earned a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership from Northcentral University.
  • Patricia Bailey of Berkmar HS— earned a specialist's degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Todd C. Clark of Hopkins ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University.
  • Alison Crossman of Berkmar HS— earned a specialist's degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Cammie Goodman of Harbins ES— earned a specialist's degree in Brain-Based Instructional Teacher Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Leslie Harper of Collins Hill HS— earned a specialist's degree in Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Leah dee Kilgore of Berkmar HS— earned a specialist's degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Deanne King of Berkmar HS— earned a specialist's degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Judson McCarley of Meadowcreek HS— earned a specialist's degree in Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Susan Novick of Kanoheda Elementary— earned a specialist's degree in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Keisha Rogers of Peachtree Ridge HS— earned a specialist's degree in Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Nadaria Wade of Sweetwater MS— earned a specialist's degree in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University.
  • Glardeya S. Diggs of Winn Holt ES— earned a master's degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University.
  • Tiffany Hires of Chesney ES— earned a master's degree in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University.
  • Grace Lee of Chesney ES— earned a master's degree in Elementary Childhood Education from University of Georgia.
  • Puja Mathur of Chesney ES— earned a master's degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University.
  • Brooke Treadwell of Chesney ES— earned a master's degree in Library Media Technology from Georgia State University.
  • Shannon Wiley of Harbins ES— earned a master's degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University.
  • Sondra Wilson of Harbins ES— earned a master's degree in Teaching and Learning: Curriculum and Instruction from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Donna H. White of Chesney ES— earned a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Brenau University.
  • Cynthia Vickers of Harmony ES— earned an associate's degree in Accounting from Lanier Technical College.
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  • Certifications and Endorsements
  • 91 special education teachers earned Reading Endorsement through a specialized program offered by GCPS' Special Education and Psychological Services, in partnership with Georgia State University.
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  • Presentations
  • Rod Hames of Crews MS— co-presented "Stock Market Simulations: Bullish on Engagement, Blogs, and Brainy Work" at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Denver, Colorado.
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— presented "C3: Creating and Caring in the Community" and "The Visual Journey of the Visual Journal" at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention. Ms. West also was selected as one of six panelists on the NAEA's National Social Justice panel.
  • Glenn Pethel, Executive Director of Leadership Development— presented a paper titled A Quality Program to Prepare Leaders for Complex Schools: Answering the Leadership Challenges of the Suburban/Urban District,” which was presented at the University Council of Educational Administration's (UCEA) annual conference.
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  • Publications
  • Karen Bevak of Jones MS— published an article, "How Can My Child Have A SUCCESSFUL School Year?," in the August 2010 Atlanta's Parent Magazine.
  • Karen Burnette Garner of Teaching and Learning Support— authored the poem, "Eighty," and placed third in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies' Founders Award Competition. Another poem, "Beach Chair Library," was published among juried submissions.
  • Christopher Wells of Information Management— published the book, "Smarter Clicking: School Technology Policies that Work!"
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— published 12 articles during the 2009-10 school year in Arts and Activities Magazine and was asked to become a Contributing Editor.

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  • Participants
  • Dr. Frances Davis, Chief Human Resources Officer, and Glenn McFall of Collins Hill HS— have been selected for the Senior Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2010–2011.
  • Cristy Lenski of South Gwinnett HS— represented Congressman John Linder's district in the 2010 U.S. House of Representatives House Fellows Program.
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— appointed as a member of the National Art Education Association's Southeastern Advocacy Committee. Ms. West is one of four educators in the nation to serve on this committee.
  • Jody Reeves of Curriculum and Instruction and Christopher Wells of Information Management— selected to serve on the National Council on Digital Citizenship and Creative Content.

  • Cristy Lenski and Congressman John Linder meet during her week in Washington, D.C.
  • Nikki Mouton, Executive Director of Staff Development— selected to serve on the Georgia House of Representatives' Study Committee on Professional Learning.
  • The following teachers were recognized in the 2010-2011 Teachers as Leaders (TAL) class: Priscillia Toney of Anderson-Livsey ES, Susan Arduino of Benefield ES, Peg Gonzalez of Berkeley Lake ES, Mandee Jablonski of Berkmar MS, Barbara Tucker of Bethesda ES, Roy Jones of Central Gwinnett HS, Kaycee Hyre of Chattahoochee ES, Kerry Smith of Chesney ES, Jermaine Shakespeare of Duluth MS, Jim Carter of Harbins ES, Colleen Karafa of Harmony ES, Megan Carney of Hopkins ES, Robin Ivy of Ivy Creek ES, Heather Cochran of Jones MS, Kimberly Kasama of Knight ES, Jenny Westberry of Lawrenceville ES, Allan Gehrisch of Level Creek ES, Kiley Walters of Lovin ES, Amy Farah of Mill Creek HS, Dr. Jade Gillispie of Maxwell HS School of Technology, Lou Reynolds of McConnell MS, Daphne Carroll of Minor ES, Kristen Gadd of Mountain Park ES, Bryce Fulcher of Mountain View HS, Meredith Johnson of Mulberry ES, Nadege DeMaitre of Nesbit ES, Kia Henley of Norcross ES, Kathy Sanchez of Norcross HS, Lindsay Davis of North Gwinnett MS, Erin Lace of Peachtree Ridge HS, Stephanie Fuhrmannek of Puckett's Mill ES, Tanisha Easterling of Radloff MS, Kimberly Dawson of Richards MS, Gloria Stewart of Rockbridge ES, Kimberly Benton of Sycamore ES, Ginger Skeggs of Walnut Grove ES, and Jennifer Kaye Jones of Woodward Mill ES.
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  • Grants/Scholarships
  • Corley ES received $80,895.77 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the school's participation in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which provides nutritious snacks to students.
  • Summerour MS— received $5,000 in grant funding from Lowe's to benefit the school's beautification program.
  • Meadowcreek ES— received a grant from The Canopy Fund, allowing students to participate in a 'creek-walk' field trip at Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center.
  • Minor ES— received grant funding from State Sen. Curt Thompson and Farmer D's Organics to plant an organic vegetable garden at the school.
  • Berkeley Lake ES received a $700 Exxon Mobile grant sponsored by a local station.
  • Shiloh HS— received a grant for $1,000 from Walmart and a grant for $500 from the Local School Administrators Association to open the Silver Lining Consignment Store, operated by special education students.

  • Minor ES students tend their bedding plants.
    The school also received a grant for $1,000 from Walmart and a grant for $1,000 from the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners to create the Special Education memory garden.
  • Congratulations to the following Britt ES teachers who were each awarded $100 Wal-Mart giftcards for submitting their ideas for increasing student achievement in their classrooms: Shannon Davis, Sara Forrester, Kay Hart, Carrie Hoelscher, Mary Lynn McCarthy, Tom McNeill, Ginger Roberts, Amy Russell, Trisha Voiles, and Tracy Ward.
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