Volume 11 , Number 2May 7, 2019


This issue recognizes fall, winter, and honors received through April.

GCPS recognized among best U.S. communities for music education
GCPS has once again been named one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). The NAMM Foundation works to advance active participation in music-making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. Now in its 20th year, BCME is a signature program of the NAMM Foundation that recognizes and celebrates school districts for their support and commitment to music education. GCPS is one of only six school districts in Georgia recognized for this award in 2019.

“GCPS students are provided one of the most comprehensive music programs in our schools, with Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Guitar, Music Technology, Piano, and many other programs in our middle and high schools,” says David DuBose, director of Fine Arts. “The availability of the broad offering of courses allows students to find their niche for creativity and invest themselves in a creative, well-rounded education. Due to not only our vast offering, the high-quality programs prepare our students for scholarship opportunities that will support furthering their education past high school. This year alone, 344 of our students made the All-State Bands, Choirs, and Orchestras.”

According to Mr. DuBose, 122,568 Gwinnett students are enrolled in music classes, and nearly 150,000 students are served through courses that include after-school programs related to music education.

He adds, “Our community is part of this award as well. The vast and robust music schools and opportunities that are provided by the community that support music education only continue to grow and develop the rich talent of our students. Quality fine arts programs in a community are signs of good healthy communities.”
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DLI at Trip ES recognized as high-quality French program
by Consulate General of France

Trip ES’ French Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program has been designated a “Label FrancEducation” School by the Embassy of France through the Consulate General of France in Atlanta. The designation “Label FrancEducation” was developed by the French government in 2012 as a means to recognize high-quality French programs around the world in K-12 education. Currently, there are 285 program designees across 53 countries worldwide, with only 46 in the United States. Trip ES is one of only two schools in Georgia to earn this honor.

To receive this elite designation, a program must abide by the following criteria:
    • at least 20% of instruction must occur in French;
    • at least one French teacher must hold a Master’s degree;
    • the French teacher's proficiency in the French language must be verified of high quality;
    • the program must encourage a francophone environment, there must be a quality professional development plan in place, and
    • an assessment must be available to assess students' French language development.

      As a recipient of this designation, Trip ES will be promoted internationally by the Embassy of France and French educational partners as a program of excellence and will receive an official designation letter from the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs. In addition, teachers and school leaders will receive access to high-quality materials in French.

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Brookwood HS’ Stanley named one of nation’s best band directors
Dr. Laura Stanley of Brookwood HS has been named to School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” list. The honor recognizes outstanding music educators from each state. Dr. Stanley, who has taught at the school for 16 years, says she’s humbled by the recognition.

“I’m not comfortable in the spotlight, to be honest, but any chance to spotlight my students and our program is time well spent,” she says. “I’ve only taught at Brookwood HS and there is no place I'd rather be!”

School Band and Orchestra Magazine has compiled its “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” list for more than two decades. Directors are nominated by current and former students and colleagues, musical instrument retailers, parents of band members, administrators, friends, former band directors, and sometimes a spouse of a director. Dr. Stanley was nominated by one of her current students.
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South Gwinnett HS’ Rosario earns national recognition,
$5K prize for innovative math instruction

Dr. Hector Rosario of South Gwinnett HS was selected as the first runner-up for the 2018 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation and Inspiration in Math Teaching, which is designed to recognize and promote hands-on math teaching. Previously honored with the Hughes Award from the Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education, Dr. Rosario “felt validated” by the Rosenthal Prize recognition, and is eager to continue to share his experiences with other teachers and hear from them in order to grow together. He earned a $5,000 cash prize for his lesson, “Squareland: Into How Many Squares Can You Cut a Square?”

Dr. Rosario says “math circles” were the inspiration for the lesson, which uses “low threshold, high ceiling activities.” “Most students can easily understand the problems, but as they explore ways to approach them, multiple layers of understanding arise,” he says. Of the winning lesson, he continues, “I attempt to enable learners to become creators of knowledge and critical thinkers who welcome uncertainty. In short, I just want them to learn to think like mathematicians!”
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Maxwell’s Chef Williams earns kudos as
Georgia’s ProStart Educator of Excellence

Amanda Williams of Maxwell HS of Technology earned a recent salute from the Gwinnett Board of Education on her selection as Georgia’s 2019 ProStart Educator of Excellence. The Hospitality Foundation of Georgia held its annual ProStart State Championship in March, where Chef Williams was honored.
According to the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, recipients of this award demonstrate excellence in the classroom and passion, commitment, and creativity in all aspects of the ProStart program to help his or her students make the most of the opportunities that ProStart offers.

“Chef Williams works tirelessly to ensure our program is a flagship program, not just in Georgia, but in the nation,” says Dr. Jeff Hall, Maxwell principal. “She is passionate about the curriculum and about her role in helping her students. She is the kind of teacher you want your own children to have and I am fortunate to have her on our team at Maxwell.”
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Collins Hill HS’ Wing named Georgia Principal of the Year
Collins Hill HS Principal Kerensa Wing is the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals’ 2019 Georgia Principal of the Year. Mrs. Wing thanked her parents and her husband for their support, and cited Gwinnett County Public Schools and her cluster principals for the work they do together for students. “This award is representative of the work you have done. In the application, I had to talk about all of the data… but it is your work. I appreciate each and every one of you and the time and effort you put into our students,” she says.

Mrs. Wing, who was one of six finalists for the state honor, now will represent Georgia for the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal of the Year title. In addition to competing for the national honor, she will be invited to Washington, D.C., to meet the other state principals of the year at a gala event later this year. Mrs. Wing earns this prestigious honor as she celebrates her 29th anniversary of serving Gwinnett children.
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GIVE Center West’s Robson named Alternative Education Teacher of the Year
Alex Robson of GIVE Center West was recognized as the 2018-19 Georgia Association for Alternative Education Teacher of the Year. Mr. Robson was honored for his hunger for teaching and learning and changing the lives of our most vulnerable students. The honor is given to a teacher who “is an exceptional, dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher, inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, and plays an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school.”
Of the honor, Mr. Robson says, “I am honored to shine a light on the GIVE Centers in Gwinnett County and the important and powerful effect they have on students’ lives every day. Alternative education is a vital part of our school system and helps our students who need it most.”
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Gwinnett high schools make AP Honor Schools list
The Georgia Department of Education has released the list of AP Honors Schools and 21 GCPS schools made the list in one or more categories. Several schools were recognized in more than one category, and Archer HS, Dacula HS, Duluth HS, Grayson HS, Lanier HS, and Mountain View HS, made the list in five of the six categories.

“We are proud that all 21 high schools were recognized by the Georgia Department of Education for honors in AP enrollment and achievement,” says Dr. Jonathan Patterson, associate superintendent for curriculum and instructional support. “The work our schools have done to provide access to a wide range of AP courses and the success our students have in AP courses is something in which our district can take great pride. The rigor and high expectations associated with AP courses and AP exams provides students with the experiences that will help them be successful in their postsecondary endeavors.”

AP exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP courses are one of several ways Georgia students can access college-level learning at the high school level; students who receive a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit. The 2019 AP Honor Schools are named in six categories, based on the results of 2018 AP courses and exams. The 21 GCPS schools recognized as 2019 AP Honor Schools and the specific categories in which they were honored are listed as follows:

AP Access and Support Schools:
(64 named in Ga. in 2019) are schools with at least 30% of AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African- American and/or Hispanic and 30% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Archer HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Discovery HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett Online Campus
Lanier HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
Shiloh HS
South Gwinnett HS

AP Merit Schools:
(71 named in Ga. in 20190 are schools with at least 20% of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Archer HS
Brookwood HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST)
Lanier HS
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS

AP STEM Schools:
(200 named in Ga. in 2019) are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A, and AP Computer Science Principles).
Archer HS
Berkmar HS
Brookwood HS
Central Gwinnett HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Discovery HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
GSMST
Lanier HS
Meadowcreek HS
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS
Shiloh HS
South Gwinnett HS

AP Humanities Schools:
(142 named in Ga. in 2019) are schools with students testing in the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social sciences courses, one fine arts course, and one world language course.
Archer HS
Berkmar HS
Brookwood HS
Central Gwinnett HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Discovery HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
GSMST
Lanier HS
Meadowcreek HS
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS
Shiloh HS
South Gwinnett HS

AP STEM Achievement Schools:
(128 named in Ga. in 2019) are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40% of exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Archer HS
Brookwood HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
GSMST
Lanier HS
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS

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38 GCPS schools recognized for PBIS implementation
The Gwinnett County Board of Education honored 38 schools named as 2018 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Operational Schools. Each year, the Georgia Department of Education recognizes schools and programs that have created and maintained a positive school climate through the implementation of PBIS. PBIS supports schools, districts, and states to build systems capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional, and behavior support. The following schools were honored:
2018 Operational PBIS Schools
Annistown ES
Bay Creek MS
Berkeley Lake ES
Bethesda ES
Brookwood ES
Centerville ES
Couch MS
Creekland MS
Dacula ES
Dacula MS
Duluth MS
Duncan Creek ES
Ferguson ES
Grace Snell MS
Graves ES
Grayson ES
Hull MS
Jones MS
Kanoheda ES
Lawrenceville ES
Lilburn ES
Lovin ES
McKendree ES
Meadowcreek HS
Minor ES
Peachtree ES
Pharr ES
Pinckneyville MS
Richards MS
Shiloh MS
Simonton ES
South Gwinnett HS
Sugar Hill ES
Summerour MS
Sweetwater MS
Sycamore ES
The BRIDGE at Buice Center
Winn Holt ES

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GCPS honors top counseling award winners for 2019
During National Counseling Week in February, we saluted Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) counselors for their work to develop and elevate students skills and abilities in the areas of academics, careers, and personal growth.

Congratulations to counselors, leaders, and schools honored at the annual recognition event, including four schools that earned national RAMP recognition in 2018— Ferguson ES (with Distinction), Lanier MS, Mason ES, and Shiloh MS.

District award winners include:


2019 Gwinnett County
Elementary School Counselor of theYear



Nicole Moody
of Sycamore ES


2019 Gwinnett County
Middle School Counselor of the Year



Natalie Edirmanasinghe
of Pinckneyville MS

2019 Gwinnett County
Secondary School Counselor of the Year


Dr. LaVonna Groce
of Maxwell HS of Technology


2019 Gwinnett County
Mary Joe Hannaford Counselor Administrator
of the Year



David Jones,
Principal of Mason ES


Online, check out a Focus Moment from GCPS TV covering the special event.
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GCPS salutes educators at Burnette ES, Jones MS, and Meadowcreek HS
GCPS named Lee Nichols of Burnette ES as its 2019 Media Clerk of the Year. The Media Clerk of the Year Award honors a media clerk who, through individual leadership and sustained effort, has made worthy contributions to the operations of effective school library programs.

Memorie Reesman, principal of Jones MS, is the recipient of the 2019 GCPS School Library Advocate Award. As a recipient of the GCPS School Library Advocate Award, Reesman will be nominated by the district for the Distinguished School Administrators Award sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians.

Cicely Lewis of Meadowcreek HS is the 2019 Library Media Specialist of the Year, an award that honors a K-12 library media specialist whose services have resulted in exemplary library media programs. As the GCPS Media Specialist of the Year, Lewis’ nomination will be submitted for consideration by the Georgia Library Media Association district committee for the regional award which will be announced in May.
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Four GCPS STAR teachers among county winners for 2019, advance to region
Annually, each of our high schools celebrate the senior in the top 10% of his or her class with the highest SAT score. In turn, these STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Students select a teacher to honor who has had a significant impact on the STAR student. This year, in a five-way tie, four GCPS seniors and a Buford City school student were named the county-level winners and advanced to region competition.

STAR Student Thi Dao of Brookwood HS selected her 11th grade Language Arts teacher, Dr. Amber Simmons, as her STAR Teacher, while Aidan Donelan selected Jonathan Roy, who taught him Engineering at Duluth HS. Alex Kim of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology selected Laura Gray who was his 10th grade AP Computer Science teacher, and Shawn Im selected his 10th grade Math teacher at Peachtree Ridge HS, Ann Rodgers.


Congratulations to the 2019 STAR Teachers! County winners (denoted with a *) and the local school STAR students and teachers representing all Gwinnett high schools include:

SchoolSTAR TeacherSTAR Student
Archer HSJoni JamesonSela Redford
Berkmar HSMalena MitchellSarah Monteiro
Brookwood HS*Dr. Amber Simmons*Thi Dao
Central Gwinnett HSAndres Serna LopezAmy Truong
Collins Hill HSMary BruceLaFayete “Fate” Bussey
Dacula HSChristy BelbeyChloe French
Discovery HSDr. Maria ThurmondAdam Siffel
Duluth HS*Jonathan Roy*Aidan Donelan
Grayson HSRonald ReidStephen Joseph
Gwinnett Online CampusMichael HerringDaniel Gallagher
Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
Science, and Technology
*Laura Gray*Alex Kim
Lanier HSMichael ReillyJohn Rumble
Meadowcreek HSLeslie DunhamSabahat Chowdhury
Mill Creek HSJanna PennCalvin Shaw
Mountain View HSBilly JonesAdam Hordines
Norcross HSMartha Haer (Peachtree ES)Jacob Bottomley
North Gwinnett HSVanessa GuilarteSuhwan “Daniel” Lee
Parkview HSSusan ParkerRyan Tay
Peachtree Ridge HS*Ann Rodgers*Shawn Im
Shiloh HSCasey RamelRobert Cranston
South Gwinnett HSErma DavisSamuel “Sam” Oyerinde


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    System, School, and Staff Honors
  • GCPS’ Communication and Media Relations and GCPSTV teams— recognized by the Georgia School Public Relations Association with the following awards:
    —A Best in Category recognition and gold award for the Quality-Plus Teaching Strategies web page
    —Gold awards for Spearfishing Poster, “Doug Doblar, GCPS 2018 Teacher of the Year” video, “Mentor Story: A Shared Perspective” video, “S.M.I.L.E. Program” story, “Kindness Rocks at Lovin ES” story, and “SROs and PBIS Coins” story
    —Silver awards for GCPS Quality-Plus Leader Academy booklet, Quality-Plus Teaching Strategies Ring Booklet, and Quality-Plus Teaching Strategies Poster
    —A Bronze Award for Phoenix HS at Sugarloaf Logo Package
  • Gwinnett Online Campus recognized by the Georgia School Public Relations Association with a Gold Award for its website.
  • Camelia Calvert of Parkview HS— honored with the Inspirational Teacher Award from the Technology Student Association.
  • Chris Hall of Discovery HS recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as a Certified Athletic Administrator.
  • Eddie Hood of Central Gwinnett HS recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as a Certified Athletic Administrator.
  • Deborah Ware of Dyer ES featured in a Fox 5 Atlanta broadcast segment about her efforts to gather prom dresses for high school students.
  • Alicia M. Greenway-Jones of Lilburn ES— received an Award for Continuing Education from the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • Congratulations to the following Transportation professionals:
    Julie Peterson, 2018-19 Special Needs Bus Manager of the Year
    Gretchen Arnold, 2018-19 Regular Education Bus Manager of the Year
    Hannah Robinson, 2018-19 Special Needs Monitor of the Year
    These honorees were featured in the April edition of Education Briefs.
  • A round of applause goes to the following GCPS educators recognized by the Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education (GAGE):
    Dr. Kelli McCain, principal of Partee ES, GAGE Administrator of the Year
    Nicole Lore of Mason ES, GAGE Elementary School Teacher of the Year
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  • Degrees and Certifications
  • Dr. Angela Carswell of Richards MS— earned a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University.
  • Dr. Keri Duncan of Lilburn ES— earned a doctoral degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Dr. Guerlene Merisme, principal of Lilburn ES— earned a doctoral degree in Curriculum Leadership from Valdosta State University.
  • Dr. Crystal Cooper Thompson, principal of Sycamore ES earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.
  • Dr. Elizabeth L. Webb, director of English Learner Programs— earned a doctoral degree in School Improvement from the University of West Georgia.
  • Stacy Ritch of Nesbit ES— earned a master’s degree in Special Education (K-12) from Western Governors University.
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  • Participants
  • Madison Bopp and Melissa Crain, both of Baldwin ES— awarded teacher training fellowships by Limited Resource Teacher Training (LRTT). They will spend a month this summer providing valuable training and support to local teachers in Uganda. In addition, they will have the opportunity to share skills and knowledge, and learn from a group of up to 25 other Teaching Fellows from the United Kingdom, Australia, the U.S., and New Zealand.
  • Kudos to the following GCPS educators for their participation in the film project, “The Shoffice,” a comedy about a crew of misfits trying to fly a spaceship together. The production involves students from Phoenix HS and the set was donated by Alec Peters of Axanar Productions: Derrick Harper of Berkmar HS, Alex Shifflet of Central Gwinnett HS, Robert Winstead of Dacula HS, Alexis Hatfield of Discovery HS, Will Perry of Grayson HS Technical Education Program, Keith Phillips of Lanier HS, Jon Zopf of Peachtree Ridge HS, and Pasha Souvorin of Phoenix HS.
  • A round of applause is in order for the following GCPS educators who participated in National Job Shadow Week activities in February:
    SchoolEducator(s)
    Berkmar HSDeepa Bhat, Joseph Edwards, Jeff Glass, Gary Haynes, Ebonie Liggies, Patrick Mahaffey, Hailey Nutt, Michelle Pettit, Nia Vaughn, Bridget Walsh, Brian Westlake
    Brookwood HSKerry Duncan and Lisa Phillips
    Central Gwinnett HSBrent Cruce, Ariana Daftarian, Jennifer DeLoach, Karla Dickerson, Mercedes Hutson, Shelton Griffith, April Pelfrey, Kevin Seymour, Alex Shifflet, Kari Slaten, Daniel Lancer Smith, Michael Tarver, Kylea Woodley
    Collins Hill HSKaren Curtis and Rick Ritland
    Discovery HSTerresia Baxter, Sandy Darrell, Aundrea Dickerson, Dr. Damarrio Holloway, Dr. Richelle Kirkland, Danielle Malcom, Sherri Stephenson, Nicole Osborn, Frank Yelinek
    Lanier HSMelissa Chadwick, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Aqueelah Harris, Jeannie Lanio, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Phillips, Mike Reilly
    Meadowcreek HSRobin Chuck, Melvin Cumming, Neil Hawks, Jacqueline Jordan, Alissa Koontz, Koyona Langley, Tariq Abdul Malik, Marguerite Mcclung, Wanda Moon, Lauren Nichols, Jiyou Oh
    Mountain View HSAndrea Barrett and Kristina Hesson
    North Gwinnett HSDr. Jacqueline Huffman
    Parkview HSNick Johnson
    Paul Duke STEM HSAshley Wright
    Peachtree Ridge HSLinda Brimmer
    Shiloh HSDouglas Able, Terron Johnson, Sarah Richards, Tamerra Thompson, Bryant Ubaka-Blackmore, Bryan White
    South Gwinnett HSLeslie Bevan, Solange Destang, Chef Brandon Dukes, Carla Jordan, Karla Kosar, Tamara McCoy, Susanne Paris-Boyd, Eric Pearson, Rebecca Streetman, Leonard Warner, Sarah Yancey

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  • Presentations
  • Dr. Angelyne Collins of Brookwood HS— presented “New Literacies and Old Texts: Remixing in an Urban High School English Classroom” at the American Reading Forum conference in Sanibel Island, Fla.
  • Dr. William S. Cossen of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology— presented a paper at the 133rd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago titled, “Silenced: Historiographical Aiding and Abetting in the Catholic Archive.”
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  • Publications
  • Kimberly Bondeson of Gwinnett Online Campus co-authored an article, “A Lesson Structure and an Instructional Design Model for Project-Based Online Learning,” in the Journal of Online Learning Research, Vol. 4, No. 3, published Dec. 2018.

  • GOC Assistant Principal Kimberly Bondeson (right) collaborates with Dr. Anissa Lokey-Vega, Kenesaw State , University, on research and development for Project-Based Online Learning (PBOL), an innovative approach to Project-Based Learning (PBL) in the digital realm.
  • Dr. Heather A. Cooper of Meadowcreek HS— published The Teachers Closet: Lesbian and Gay Educators in Georgias Public Middle Schools.
  • Dr. William S. Cossen of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology— published “Education in the Name of the Lord: The Rise and Decline of the Catholic Labor Schools,” an article appearing in the peer-reviewed journal, The Catholic Historical Review, vol. 104, no. 3 (Summer 2018): pp. 475-498.
  • Dr. Stacy Byous of Discovery HS— piloted a project-based learning curriculum for Introduction to Digital Technology for Georgia Institute of Technology called, “CAPACiTY.” Dr. Byous (in white shirt) observed as her students presented their website, coded music, and showed an app game at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference Student Showcase. The students described their project to hundreds of interested attendees.
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  • Grants, Donations, and Scholarships
  • Anderson-Livsey ES, Brookwood ES, Centerville ES, Craig ES, Five Forks MS, Grayson ES, Grayson HS, Grayson Technical Education Program, Head ES, Hopkins ES, Magill ES, McConnell MS, Mountain Park ES, Partee ES, Pharr ES, Rosebud ES, Shiloh ES, Shiloh HS, Shiloh MS, Starling ES, Trickum MS, and Trip ES awarded a total of more than $125,000 in School Empowerment Grants from Walton EMC for classroom projects submitted by 28 GCPS educators.
  • Paul Duke STEM HS received two grants to promote family engagement and digital citizenship. A $1,000 National PTA grant will be used for the school’s STEM Science Fair Night. The $1,000 “Be Internet Awesome” Grant, with funds provided by Google through National PTA, will fund a workshop on internet safety and being a good digital citizen. Additionally, Paul Duke STEM HS is the only school in the state and one of only 15 schools nationwide to win a Take Your Family to School Week Grant.
  • Rosebud ES— received a grant for nearly $1,200 from the South Gwinnett Cluster Foundation for math education initiatives at the school.
  • Simonton ES— received a donation of 171 Dell laptops from the Computers for Learning program. The laptops will be used to support the school’s “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) initiative as well as serve as a resource for its instructional workshops and community engagement efforts.
  • Trickum MS received 100 large-scale photography prints by world-renowned National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry, donated by Besharat Gallery of Atlanta. Mr. McCurry’s images, taken during the span of his career, highlight children from around the world.
  • Dr. William S. Cossen of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology recipient of a $1,900 Research Travel Grant from the University of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism to pursue archival research on my project, “Soldiers and Sacraments: The Lived Catholic Civil War.” Dr. Cossen also received a $300 conference travel grant from the Labor and Working-Class History Association to present a paper at that organization's annual conference at Duke University in June 2019.
  • Maria Trabazo of Sugar Hill ES received a $1,500 scholarship for advanced studies from the Gwinnett County Retired Educators Association.
  • Debbie Partrick of Trip ES received a 2019 Infinite Energy STEM Education Grant that provided a set of Chrome Books for her classroom. Additionally, Ms. Partrick received $500 from the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association for her Trip Garden Project.
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