Volume 3 , Number 2March 7, 2011


Need-to-know highlights in National and State Recognitions:
  • Gwinnett schools earn counseling recognition. Read more…
  • Six GCPS staff graduate from National Staff Development Academy. Read more…
  • Trickum MS’ Whaley receives graduate research award. Read more…
  • 17 GCPS high schools were recently honored among Georgia’s AP Honor Schools. Read more...
  • DOE names 33 as Distinguished Title I Schools. Read more…
  • Simpson ES and Parkview HS: 2010 Georgia Schools of Excellence. Read more…
  • North Gwinnett MS recognized as a Breakout Middle School. Read more…
  • Creekland MS’ Opferman named MS Assistant Principal of the Year. Read more…
  • Lewis earns kudos as Georgia Outstanding Social Studies Educator of the Year. Read more…
  • Phillips, Gillespie named top art teachers in state. Read more…
  • Gwinnett applauds educators at Counselor Recognition event. Read more…
  • Gwinnett's STAR Teachers recognized by their students. Read more…
  • QPLA announces 23 educators for Aspiring Principals Program. Read more…

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    Gwinnett schools earn counseling recognition
    Six GCPS counseling departments recently earned the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) National Award from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), while a school that earned RAMP recognition in 2009 is Gwinnett’s first school to recertify as a RAMP school. This award recognizes schools that have excelled in delivering a comprehensive, data-driven counseling program.

    Annistown ES
    Terri Allen, counselor
    Bethesda ES
    Kate Anderson, Aara Bunyan, and Rachel Fogelman, counselors
    Grayson ES
    Dr. Dana Edwards and Rosemary Ruffner, counselors
    Jones MS
    Karen Bevak, Pat Marr, Ashley White, and Lisa Winter, counselors
    Magill ES
    Trina Clinkscales, Martha Holt, and Joanie Huston, counselors
    Mason ES
    Paige Price and Robin Zorn, counselors
    Peachtree ES*
    Janice Flake, Millissent Flemmings, and Mary Pederson, counselors
    *Originally earned RAMP designation in 2009 and is the first school to recertify.

    The following counseling departments in Gwinnett previously earned the RAMP designation:

    Collins Hill HS (2010)
    Radloff MS (2010)
    Berkeley Lake ES (2009)

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    Six GCPS staff graduate from National Staff Development Academy
    Six GCPS staff members recently graduated from the National Staff Development Council Academy. These individuals were recognized at the 2010 Learning Forward National Conference for completing the Academy’s 30-month program. The Academy uses an immersion model as a means of helping educators to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to transform their learning, the learning of others, and their work as a whole.

    2010 National Staff Development Academy Graduates
    Felecia Jones of Berkmar MS
    Kenney Wells of Berkmar MS
    Paula Cobb of Corley ES
    Donna Alexander of Staff Development
    Nikki Mouton of Staff Development
    Nicole Tubbs of Peachtree Ridge HS

    According to Berkmar MS Principal Kenney Wells, participants were asked to identify a problem and use research-based best practices to investigate it. For the duration of the 30-month program, the participants’ involvement was captured in a three-part learning plan, which provided additional opportunities to reflect on the vast learning needs of students and teachers.

    “The best aspect of the academy was collaborating for two years with an international group of school and district leaders,” says Paula Cobb, Corley ES principal. “Although our schools had different sizes and economic makeups, we all had the same challenges and were seeking the same solutions.”

    Nicole Tubbs, assistant principal at Peachtree Ridge HS added, “The academy sessions focused on the importance of high-quality professional development in order to provide teachers with a variety of effective instructional strategies that directly impact student achievement.”

    Practical application of the programs concepts are already benefitting the system. “Under the direction of DeNelle West, GCPS’ teacher development coordinator, and the guidance of Learning Forward, we have developed a Facilitator's Seminar that is designed to guide the learning of those individuals who are charged with leading professional learning opportunities,” says Nikki Mouton, executive director of Staff Development.

    “The Academy was a very powerful and profound learning experience that has transformed my vision of high-quality professional learning and teamwork in schools,” says Felecia Jones, assistant principal at Berkmar MS.
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    Trickum’s Whaley earns national graduate research award
    Gwinnett’s students are pursuing their academic goals and seeing tangible results. The same applies to teachers like Trickum MS’ Kenneth Whaley, who was named the 2011 recipient of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education Graduate Student Scholar award.

    The award, which also includes a $1,000 check, is designed to enhance the professional development of the recipient and can be used for professional travel, support for professional work, or research.

    “I am examining how teachers’ motivating styles affect students’ motivation,” says Mr. Whaley. “This includes identifying instructional practices that either undermine or facilitate the development of students’ intrinsic motivation.” His research will be conducted during the 2011-12 school year.
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    17 GCPS high schools named AP Honor Schools
    The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) recently recognized 17 of the school district’s high schools as “2011 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools.” The number of schools recognized with this honor grew from 12 in 2010 to 17 in 2011.

    Advanced Placement (AP) classes are taught by specially trained high school teachers. AP exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP classes offer rigorous, college-level learning options to students in high school, and those who earn a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit.

    The 2011 AP Honor Schools are named in five categories, based on the results of 2009-10 AP classes and exams:
    - AP Challenge Schools: Schools with fewer than 900 students who are offering AP classes in the four core areas of English, mathematics, social studies, and science;
    - AP Access & Support Schools: Schools with 30% of AP test takers who are African-American or Hispanic and at least 30% of all AP exams scoring 3 or higher;
    - AP Merit Schools: Schools with at least 20% of students taking AP exams and at least half of the AP exams scoring a 3 or higher;
    - AP STEM Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two AP mathematics courses and two AP science courses. These courses are AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science; and
    - AP STEM Achievement Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two AP mathematics courses and two AP science courses and at least 40% of the exam scores on AP mathematics and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

    2011 AP Honor Schools
    AP Access and Support Schools:
    Berkmar HS
    Central Gwinnett HS
    Mountain View HS
    Norcross HS
    Shiloh HS
    South Gwinnett HS

    AP Challenge School:
    Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

    AP STEM Achievement Schools:
    Brookwood HS
    Collins Hill HS
    Dacula HS
    Duluth HS
    Grayson HS
    Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
    Mill Creek HS
    Mountain View HS
    North Gwinnett HS
    Parkview HS
    Peachtree Ridge HS
    AP Merit Schools:
    Brookwood HS
    Duluth HS
    Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
    Mill Creek HS
    North Gwinnett HS
    Parkview HS
    Peachtree Ridge HS

    AP STEM Schools:
    Berkmar HS
    Brookwood HS
    Central Gwinnett HS
    Collins Hill HS
    Dacula HS
    Duluth HS
    Grayson HS
    Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
    Meadowcreek HS
    Mill Creek HS
    Mountain View HS
    Norcross HS
    North Gwinnett HS
    Parkview HS
    Peachtree Ridge HS
    Shiloh HS
    South Gwinnett HS

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    33 Gwinnett schools make DOE’s Title I Distinguished Schools list
    The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) named 33 GCPS schools to its list of “Title I Distinguished Schools,” which recognizes Title I schools that excel in meeting achievement standards.

    Title I schools receive federal funds to better serve their students, which include a higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch. A Title I school earns the title “Distinguished” for making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for three or more consecutive years.

    “We are pleased with the efforts of all of our schools to support our students’ academic achievement,” says Carol Grady, director for Federal and Special Programs. “The combination of high expectations, committed educators, parent involvement, and student engagement has positively impacted teaching and learning overall.”

    Ms. Grady noted that this group of distinguished schools represents 40,689 students, 51% of the school system’s students served in the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program, and 21% of GCPS’ students served in the Special Education program. “Free and Reduced is how they eat, not how they learn,” says Ms. Grady of the schools’ students, many of whom qualify for subsidized federal meal programs due to poverty. Poverty rates in the honored Title I schools range from 62% to a high of 96%.

    This year’s honored schools include:


    Title I Distinguished Schools
    Nine consecutive years
    of making AYP:
    Annistown ES
    Kanoheda ES

    Eight consecutive years
    of making AYP:
    Bethesda ES
    Britt ES
    Cedar Hill ES
    Knight ES
    Nesbit ES
    Norcross ES
    Norton ES
    Partee ES
    Peachtree ES
    Shiloh ES

    Seven consecutive years of making AYP:
    Alford ES
    Central Gwinnett HS
    Corley ES
    Meadowcreek ES
    Minor ES
    Rockbridge ES
    Sycamore ES
    Six consecutive years
    of making AYP:
    Alcova ES
    Beaver Ridge ES
    Centerville ES
    Chesney ES
    Winn Holt ES

    Five consecutive years
    of making AYP:
    Simonton ES

    Four consecutive years
    of making AYP:
    Benefield ES
    Lawrenceville ES
    Lilburn MS
    Norcross HS
    Shiloh MS
    Stripling ES
    Summerour MS

    Three consecutive years
    of making AYP:
    Radloff MS

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    Simpson ES and Parkview HS named Georgia Schools of Excellence
    Two Gwinnett schools, Simpson ES and Parkview HS, have been recognized as being among the state’s top schools for the work they have done to ensure high student achievement. The Georgia Schools of Excellence awards are granted in two categories, with one school from each congressional district chosen in the following categories:
      • Greatest Gains: Schools that demonstrate greatest continuous gains in student achievement for the past three years in reading and mathematics.
      • Top 10%: Schools that are in the top 10% of schools in Georgia as measured by assessments in reading and mathematics.
    Simpson and Parkview both earned recognition in the “Top 10%” category and each will receive a $1,000 monetary award from Georgia Natural Gas. In 2009, Osborne MS and Peachtree Ridge HS were named Georgia Schools of Excellence.
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    Principals’ group honors North Gwinnett MS
    North Gwinnett MS, which joined the GCPS roster in 2009, was named a Breakout Middle School. This honor, from the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP), is the highest honor a middle school can earn through the organization.

    “This is a wonderful award for our students and staff,” says Principal Wanda Law. “As a first-year school, we started strong with some new initiatives and the community supported our ideas. The dedication of the staff to try these new ideas, to recognize students as leaders, to collaborate with one another on lesson plans and assessments, and to challenge students to their highest achievement levels are all reasons why we won this award.”
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    Creekland’s Opferman honored as MS Assistant Principal of the Year
    Susan Opferman of Creekland MS was presented with the 2011 Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year award. The Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP) recognizes assistant principals for outstanding support of their principal and the work of the local school.
    “Susan is one of those assistant principals that a principal absolutely requires for success,” says Dr. Bill Kruskamp, Creekland MS principal. “She comes with the full package— the ability to lead faculty, the belief that if a job is worth doing it should be done with quality the first time around, and a deep passion for students and faculty, and teaching and learning.”

    Ms. Opferman joined the school district in 1988 as a 4th grade teacher at Sugar Hill ES. She also taught at Walnut Grove ES and at Creekland MS before being named assistant principal in 2003. Currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Ms. Opferman holds degrees from the University of Florida and the University of Georgia, and is a graduate of the Quality-Plus Leader Academy.
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    Lewis earns state kudos for social studies instruction
    Congratulations are in order for Mindy Lewis, GCPS' social studies content assessment specialist, who was honored as the 2010 Georgia Outstanding Social Studies Educator of the Year. The award from the Georgia Council for the Social Studies (GCSS) recognizes Ms. Lewis for her contributions in the teaching of social studies.

    “Through the recognition I have received with this award, I have been given the opportunity to share my passion for social studies,” says Ms. Lewis. “Social studies prepares students to participate as constructive citizens in a democratic society. As adults, they will use their knowledge of historical events to understand what is currently taking place not only in the United States but around the world.”

    Prior to her current position, Ms. Lewis was the social studies instructional coach and an 8th grade social studies teacher at Crews MS. She joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2000. Ms. Lewis holds three degrees in middle grades education. She also has been recognized as a Master Teacher by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC).
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    Phillips and Gillespie named GAEA’s top art teachers
    The Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) recently recognized Lauren Christine Phillips of Nesbit ES as the 2010 Elementary Art Educator of the Year and Dallas Gillespie of Osborne MS as the 2010 Middle Level Art Educator of the Year.

    “Being selected as the Georgia Art Education Middle Teacher of the Year has affirmed that leading students with instruction and then giving them an opportunity to explore, create, execute and assess work with teacher supervision, is the right course of action in my classroom,” says Ms. Gillespie.

    Ms. Phillips adds, “Art is the ultimate cross-curricular subject. Art is part of literacy, history, mathematics, and science. It is a visual way to learn and make connections to our world. I enjoy when my students realize they are creative thinkers who can make amazing works of art.”
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    Five honored at Counselor Recognition event
    Gwinnett named its top school counselors for the 2010-11 school year at its annual Counselor Recognition event.
    2011 Gwinnett County Elementary School
    Counselor of the Year:


    Terri Allen of Annistown ES
    2011 Gwinnett County Middle School
    Counselor of the Year:


    Courtney Atkins of Pinckneyville MS
    2011 Gwinnett County Secondary School
    Counselor of the Year:

    Kimberly Geer of North Gwinnett HS
    2011 Gwinnett County Mary Joe Hannaford
    Counseling Advocate of the Year:

    Dorothy Parker-Jarrett of Summerour MS
    2011 Gwinnett County
    Counselor Writer of the Year:


    David Young of Mountain Park ES
    (Mr. Young was recognized for his published book titled “Skits, Raps, & Poems for the School Counselor.”)

    The Gwinnett counseling honorees will go on to compete at the regional level. Regional winners then compete for state recognition.
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    STAR Teachers share limelight with their students
    Dana Kling of Brookwood HS was honored as the Gwinnett County 2011 STAR Teacher by Akshaya Suresh, the county’s 2011 STAR Student, an honor which recognizes students for their exceptional academic performance. Akshaya’s perfect score on the SAT helped distinguish her as the GCPS winner. Mr. Kling was selected by Miss Suresh as the educator who had a strong influence on her academic career. The STAR Student and her teacher will move on to the region competition, and region winners will vie for the honor of being named Georgia’s 2011 STAR Student and Teacher.

    The STAR program recognizes students across Georgia for their exceptional academic achievement. Each high school honors its local STAR student, the senior in the top 10% of his or her class with the highest SAT score. The state STAR program is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Department of Education.

    Dana Kling (left) and Akshaya Suresh, the county's 2011 STAR Teacher and STAR Student, share some Brookwood HS pride.

    Congratulations to the following GCPS educators honored as 2011 STAR Teachers:
    2011 Local School STAR Teachers in GCPS
    Sandy McAdams of Archer HS
    Dr. Steven DuPouy of Meadowcreek HS
    Joni Prillaman of Berkmar HS
    Jennifer Clark of Mill Creek HS
    Dana Kling of Brookwood HS (County STAR Teacher winner)
    Garin Berry of Mountain View HS
    Kim Mallett of Central Gwinnett HS
    Dwayne Alvis of Norcross HS
    Laura Herbig of Collins Hill HS
    Joe Higgins of North Gwinnett HS*
    Jason Berube of Dacula HS*
    Kevin Blankenship of North Gwinnett HS*
    Ashley Muck of Dacula HS*
    Amber Leazenbee of Parkview HS
    Carole Hunter of Duluth HS
    Dean Landers of Peachtree Ridge HS*
    Cristy Edwards of Grayson HS
    Dr. Dennis Hembree
    of Peachtree Ridge HS*
    Jeff Burmester of Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
    Science, and Technology*
    Dr. Mark Stern of Phoenix HS
    Seth Hersch of Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
    Science and Technology*
    Patrick Norton of Shiloh HS
    Heather Childs of Lanier HS
    Kimberly Queen of South Gwinnett HS
    *Note: Two teachers were named when two students tied for their local school honor.
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    23 named to GCPS’ Aspiring Principals Program
    Twenty-three GCPS educators are starting the new year as part of the Quality-Plus Leader Academy Aspiring Principal Program (QPLA APP). These 23 school leaders will receive the additional training and support needed to better prepare them for a principal position in a Gwinnett school.

    Selected through a rigorous screening process, the QPLA members for the Class of 2011 are:
    Class of 2011 - Cohort 5
    Dr. Janet Blanchette, recently named
    Lovin ES principal
    Dr. Alicia Jackson of Radloff MS
    IV Bray of Parkview HS
    Susan Jones of Nesbit ES
    Chris Brown, recently named
    Grayson ES principal
    Todd Langley of Berkeley Lake ES
    Sara Clifford, recently named principal of Oakland Meadow School
    Alicia Pettus of Benefield ES
    Phyllis Dartt of Cooper ES
    Julie Peyton of Alford ES
    Michael DiFilippo of Pharr ES
    Stacey Schepens of McConnell MS
    Toni Ferguson of Alford ES
    Tyese Scott-Oates of Nesbit ES
    Dr. Steve Frandsen of Ferguson ES
    Gloria Thomas of Trickum MS
    Mitch Green of Trickum MS
    Dr. Keith Thompson of GIVE West
    Dr. Reuben Gresham of Lanier HS
    Ruth Tomlinson of Harris ES
    Jeannie Hidalgo of Dacula HS
    Gina Towler of Snellville MS
    Thomas Trippany, recently named Shiloh ES principal

    The Academy offers a curriculum created and developed by school system leaders, who also serve as the Academy’s professors. QPLA class members receive a comprehensive year-long training in curriculum and instruction, school budgets, human resources, operations management, community relations, and more. Cohort members participate in two, 25-day residencies which occur in the spring and fall.

    Since its inception in 2006, 116 Gwinnett educators have graduated from the academy’s first four cohorts. Of these graduates, 73 already serve the system as principals and as central office leaders.
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    Need-to-know highlights in Spotlight:
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  • System, School, and Staff Honors

  • Student/Team Honors

  • Degrees

  • Presentations

  • Publications

  • Participants, and

  • Grants/Scholarships.

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    System, School, and Staff Honors
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— selected as Honorary Educator for the Georgia Art Education Associations (GAEA) Youth Art Month.
  • The following educators were selected to exhibit artwork in the 2010 GAEA Art Exhibit:
    Alisia Martin of Grayson HS, Zane Brock of Harmony ES, Amber Arnold of Level Creek ES, Lauren Christine Phillips of Nesbit ES, Debi West of North Gwinnett HS, Cynthia Worley of Peachtree Ridge HS, Eleanor Neal of Shiloh HS, and Dr. Aimée Burgamy of Trickum MS.
  • Galen Reavis of Advisement and Counseling— earned the 2010 Shining Star Award from the Gwinnett Coalition’s Great Days of Service.
  • Brad Zickefoose of Radloff MS— selected as a “Class Act Teacher” by 11Alive News.
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  • Student/Team Honors
  • Congratulations to the following schools for winning student entries in the 2010 International Student Media Festival: Berkmar HS, Britt ES, Brookwood HS, Chesney ES, Collins Hill HS, Creekland MS, Crews MS, Fort Daniel ES, Grayson HS, Gwin Oaks ES, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Ivy Creek ES, Knight ES, Lilburn ES, Mason ES, Meadowcreek HS, Minor ES, Mulberry ES, Norcross HS, North Gwinnett HS, Parsons ES, Phoenix HS, Pinckneyville MS, Puckett’s Mill ES, Riverside ES, Shiloh MS, and South Gwinnett HS.
  • Parkview HS team, coached by Mark Leviton— won 1st place in the Georgia Stock Market Game.
  • Collins Hill HS and Parkview HS Boys Soccer Teams— both earned the 2009-10 Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Collins Hill HS' head coach is Drew Prentice and Parkview HS’ head coach is Dr. Michael Tolmich.
  • Congratulations to the following school communities, student-athletes, and coaches for AAAAA state athletic and extracurricular championships in 2010-11:
    Brookwood HS Boys Cross Country Team— Ben Dehnke, head coach;
    Brookwood HS Football Team— Mark Crews, head coach;
    Collins Hill HS Girls Softball Team— Billy Dooley, head coach;
    Collins Hill HS Wrestling Team, Traditional and Dual— Josh Stephen, head coach;
    Peachtree Ridge HS Boys Swim and Dive Team— Jeremy Laird, head coach;
    Peachtree Ridge HS Coed Competition Cheerleading Team— Dr. Rob Spencer, head coach;
    Shiloh MS Girls Basketball Team— Marsha Jones, head coach;
    Sweetwater MS Boys Basketball Team— Cecil Ratliff, head coach; and
    Sweetwater MS Players— earned 2nd in the state competition for One-Act Play. Several students received individual honors. Brandy Meadows is the sponsor.
  • Students and teams from a number of GCPS schools participating in the Georgia Special Olympic Winter Games earned three gold, two silver, and three bronze medals in team sports; and 13 gold, 15 silver, and six bronze medals for individual sports.
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  • Degrees
  • Dr. Nicole Anderson-Irish of Dacula MS— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.
  • Dr. Sharifa Knowles of Benefield ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Development from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Dr. Michele A. Smith of Jenkins ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.
  • Ramona Browne of Arcado ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Sherry L. Ferguson of Ferguson ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Professional School Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Rhonda Frady of Camp Creek ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University.
  • Mary Moritz of Camp Creek ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University.
  • Lynn Tiller of Camp Creek ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University.
  • Nadaria Wade of Summerour MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University.
  • Jared Williams of Puckett's Mill ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Mercer University.
  • Christy Lundgren of Burnette ES— earned a master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University.
  • Josh Mendoza of North Gwinnett HS— earned a master’s degree in Business Education from the University of West Georgia.
  • Laura Sheppard of Sugar Hill ES— earned a master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University.
  • Kay Spears of Simpson ES— earned a master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University.
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  • Presentations
  • April Coleman and Lisa K. Williams, both of Osborne MS— presented “Comprehension Strategies for your Instructional Toolbelt” at the National Council of Teachers of English convention.
  • Tiffany English of Sugar Hill ES— presented “Spiraling the Schulwerk” at the American Orff-Schulwerk Association’s National Professional Development Conference.
  • Tamika Lindsey of Summerour MS— presented “Algebra the IB Way: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning Algebra” at the National Association for Multicultural Education Conference.
  • Dr. Scott L. Roberts of Dacula MS— co-presented “The Presidency and State History Textbooks: Consequences of Ideology and Bias in Middle Grades Social Studies” and presented “Best Practices for Teaching State History” at the National Council for the Social Studies conference. Dr. Roberts also co-presented “Using Counterfactual History to Enhance Your Students’ Historical Understanding” at the Georgia Council for the Social Studies conference.
  • DeNelle West and Donna Alexander, both of Staff Development— presented “A Recipe for Cultivating Quality Professional Development” at the Learning Forward National Conference.

    The following teachers presented at the National Association for Gifted Children Conference:
  • Mandy Collins of Puckett’s Mill ES— “It’s Just that Simple: Simple Machines & We Do LEGO Robotics”;
  • Tina Gay of Taylor ES— “Bridging Language Arts and Science in the Gifted Classroom”;
  • Laura Magner of White Oak ES— “Teaching the Scientific Method Through Literature and Teaching in the Hands-On Classroom”;
  • Laura Magner of White Oak ES and Tiffany English of Sugar Hill ES— “Finding Math in Music”; and
  • Kathy Marks and Vicky Tettelbach, both of Hopkins ES— “Differentiation Made Easy: Enrichment Resources for Diverse Students.”

    The following teachers presented at the Georgia Art Education Association Conference:
  • Dr. Bruce Bowman and Yvette Kim, both of North Gwinnett HS— “Chopstick Sculpture”;
  • Dr. Aimée Burgamy of Trickum MS— “Art & Ecology in the Rainforest of Costa Rica: The 2010 Toyota International Teachers IIE Program”;
  • Dr. Aimée Burgamy of Trickum MS, Dallas Gillespie of Osborne MS, Lynn Gilpin of Crews MS, and Keagan O'Mara of Sweetwater MS— “TechSmart Hardware for Beginners”;
  • Joyce Dorian of Cedar Hill ES— “Assessments and Rubrics for Elementary Art— Why and How Do We Do This?” and “Elementary Art Units that Make EXCITING Math Connections”;
  • Jackie Ellett of Duncan Creek ES— “Art History in the Elementary Artroom: A Look at the Work of Marisol” and “Personal Narratives: Why Do Exceptional Art Teachers with 20+ Years of Experience Choose to Stay in”;
  • Alexandra Kates of Parkview HS and Becky Raffalovich of Phoenix HS— “Litho Printing, Green and Easy”;
  • Lauren Christine Phillips of Nesbit ES— “Make Art, not Trash: Using Recyclable Materials in the Art Room” and “Wire Faces and Figures”;
  • Patricia Spencer of White Oak ES— “The Nouns of Art— A Yearlong Theme-Based Unit of Study”; and
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— “A 3D Creative Collaboration: A Journey of Art Students, Special Education Students, and the Community” and “C3: Creating and Caring in the Community! A Mini Exhibit Event for All!”
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  • Publications
  • Dr. Lawanna Lewis of Norton ES— published the article, “Teachers’ Perception on the Effectiveness of Benchmark Assessment Data to Predict Student Math Grades,” in The Journal of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • Laura Magner of White Oak ES— published the book “Define and Design.”
  • Sandy Peterson of Parkview HS— published the articles “Document Lab” and “Fingerprints A-Z” in The Forensic Science Teacher magazine.
  • Leslie Potter of Rockbridge ES— featured in “Recent Grad Thrives in Challenging Position,” an article published by Pennsylvania State University's College of Education.
  • Tara C. Raines of Special Education— wrote three chapters in professional journals: “Comorbidity and Cumulative Effects of Innattention, Poor Emotional Control, and Language Problems on Academic Achievement in Early Childhood” and “Re-establishing Eligibility and Re-evaluation Post Natural Disaster” in Comprehensive Evaluations: Case Reports for Psychologists, Diagnosticians, and Special Educators; and “The Influence of Cultural Immersion Programs in Creating Culturally Competent Education Professionals” in Educational Policy and Practice: The Good, the Bad and the Pseudoscience Volumes I & II.
  • Dr. Scott L. Roberts of Dacula MS— published the article, “Using Counterfactual History to Enhance Your Students’ Historical Understanding,” in the journal The Social Studies.
  • David Young of Mountain Park ES— published the book “Sing-Along Guidance.”
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  • Participants

  • Jan Lewis of Rockbridge ES and Kathy Marks of Hopkins ES— selected to join the National Association for Gifted Children Javits-Frasier cohort.
  • Crystal Collins, Magill ES principal— performed in the role of “Mother Ginger” in Gwinnett Ballet Theatre's performance of “The Nutcracker” in December (pictured right).


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    Grants/Scholarships
  • Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology— received a donation of $21,000 from the Nordson Corporation Foundation.
  • Kelly White of Minor ES— awarded a $500 grant from the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties, Inc., to fund items for the Visual Technology Learning Center.
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