Volume 2 , Number 3May 7, 2010


National and State Recognitions

Need-to-know highlights in National and State Recognitions:
  • 12 Gwinnett schools make Georgia DOE's AP Honor Schools list. Read more…
  • Georgia DOE recognizes schools for high participation in School Nutrition Program. Read more…
  • Gwinnett schools support 21st Century Comprehensive Counseling Program and earn recognition. Read more…
  • Gwinnett educators earn national, state Teacher of the Year honors. Read more…
  • Crews MS' Stringfellow among 10 finalists for 2011 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Read more…
  • Four Gwinnett educators earn county- and state-level recognition from Council of Exceptional Children. Read more…
  • Meadowcreek HS' Murillo received award from Georgia Reading Association. Read more…
  • Kirksey and DeWaay recognized by School Social Worker Association of Georgia. Read more…
  • STAR Teachers selected as shining examples by their students. Read more…
  • Georgia Music Educators Association honors Andrews. Read more…
  • Parsons ES' Skeen named 2010 GCPS Media Specialist of the Year. Read more…
  • Gwinnett's Bus Managers and Monitor of the Year recognized. Read more…
  • Gwinnett educators honored for giving "the extra degree" as 212o degree Leaders. Read more…
  • 18 Gwinnett educators receive Atlanta Toyota awards. Read more…


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    12 Gwinnett schools make AP Honor Schools list
    The Gwinnett presence on the Georgia Department of Education’s (DOE) list of Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools continues to grow— a direct result of the school district’s efforts to challenge and prepare its students for college-level success. The number of schools recognized as AP Honor Schools grew from eight high schools in 2009 to 12 in 2010.

    The 12 Gwinnett schools were recognized in the following categories:
    AP Honor Schools
    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)

    Brookwood HS
    Duluth HS
    Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
    North Gwinnett HS
    Parkview HS
    Peachtree Ridge HS
    AP Access and 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)
    Berkmar HS
    Central Gwinnett HS
    Dacula HS
    Phoenix HS
    Shiloh HS
    South Gwinnett HS

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    Schools honored for high SNP participation
    In Gwinnett, the number of students eating at school continues to increase every school year, meaning that Gwinnett school children are receiving well-balanced and nutritious meals during the day. The Georgia Department of Education recently saluted the school district’s School Nutrition Program (SNP) for the initiatives it has taken to reach out to students and families about making healthy choices. Those efforts recently earned 33 Gwinnett schools Certificates of Accomplishments from the DOE.

    The Georgia DOE recognized the schools whose percentage of students who chose to eat breakfast and/or lunch at school during the 2007-08 school year was higher than the state average. Gwinnett’s breakfast participation earned 20 schools recognition, as all of them surpassed the state breakfast participation rate of 34%. A group of 27 Gwinnett schools also were recognized for exceeding the state’s average of 75% for that year’s lunch participation.

    Gwinnett schools exceeding Georgia's average for participation
    Breakfast
    Benefield ES
    Corley ES
    Harris ES
    Hopkins ES
    Kanoheda ES
    Lawrenceville ES
    Lilburn ES
    Partee ES
    Rockbridge ES
    Berkmar MS
    Duluth MS
    Pinckneyville MS
    Radloff MS
    Summerour MS
    Meadowcreek HS
    Buice School
    Give Center East
    Give Center West
    Monarch School
    Lunch
    Alford ES
    Annistown ES
    Beaver Ridge ES
    Benefield ES
    Bethesda ES
    Cedar Hill ES
    Centerville ES
    Chesney ES
    Corley ES
    Harris ES
    Hopkins ES
    Kanoheda ES
    Lawrenceville ES
    Lilburn ES
    Meadowcreek ES
    Minor ES
    Nesbit ES
    Rockbridge ES
    Simonton ES
    Stripling ES
    Berkmar MS
    Duluth MS
    Lilburn MS
    Radloff MS
    Richards MS
    Summerour MS
    Meadowcreek HS

    "The high participation rates are encouraging and are a testament that our menus and menu offerings are well received by our students," says Ken Yant, director of SNP. "It certainly gives our local school nutrition staff a sense of pride and accomplishment. We have found our students to be very savvy and sophisticated when it comes to flavor profiles and food trends. We work very hard to offer them healthy versions of what they are looking for when they eat with us."

    Through its systemwide Nutrition Education and Training (NEAT) project, SNP educates students on healthy eating and living by displaying nutrition information in the system's cafeterias, conducting monthly taste tests, sharing nutrition trivia, making classroom visits, and providing content for lesson plans, monthly newsletters, the virtual cafeteria (Nutri-Café), and the SNP website. "Our menus and NEAT project go hand in hand," Mr. Yant says.

    In the last several years, the school district has experienced a steady increase in the percentage of students who participate in the school nutrition program.

    Gwinnett Students eating breakfast and lunch at school


    2006-07
    2007-08
    2008-09
    2009-10
    Breakfast

    27.3%
    30.0%
    33.0%
    33.9%
    Lunch

    77.2%
    77.7%
    79.0%
    81.1%

    During the 2009-10 school year, 117 Gwinnett schools serve breakfast daily, while 118 serve lunch.
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    Gwinnett schools earn counseling recognition
    When school communities partner with their counseling departments, students receive the support they need to achieve their personal and academic goals.

    The 21st Century Comprehensive Counseling Program (21C3) includes four phases of implementation: Blue, Red, Silver, and Gold Star levels, which assure that each school is meeting and exceeding objectives in showing how the school counseling program has a positive impact on students.

    "GCPS' 21st Century Comprehensive Counseling Program reflects the change in our school counseling program from service-centered to program-centered for all students," says Dianne Thompson, director of Advisement and Counseling. "The focus of the program is now on 'how are students different as a result of the school counseling program.' Programs are designed to meet the needs of the 21st Century learner and this focus adds a level of accountability for program results."

    Starting with the Blue Star Level, the program builds each year until a full, comprehensive program is established in each school to meet the needs of the 21st Century Learner.

    The Millennium Level is awarded to counseling departments seeking the designation as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) from the American School Counselor Association, and the system's list of RAMP recipients continue to grow each year, including the most recently named programs at Grayson ES, Mason ES, and Jones MS.
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    Educators earn national, state Teacher of the Year kudos
    The student engagement taking place on a daily basis in Gwinnett classrooms has earned several GCPS teachers top honors from national and state organizations.

    Bob Chase of Twin Rivers MS was selected as the Maitland P. Simmons Award for Outstanding New Science Teacher by the National Science Teachers Association. He joined GCPS in 2008 at Dacula MS and helped open Twin Rivers MS in 2009.

    Joey Nunn, also of Twin Rivers MS, was named 2010 Georgia Science Teacher of the Year for the middle school level by the Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA). A former GCPS Teacher of the Year finalist, Mr. Nunn joined GCPS in 2004 as an educator at Osborne MS. He became part of the Twin Rivers MS inaugural staff in 2009.

    Joe Cox of Brookwood HS was recognized as GTSA's 2010 Georgia High School Science Teacher of the Year. Earlier this school year, the 13-year Gwinnett educator was named a GCPS Teacher of the Year finalist.

    Joe Frank Uriz of Parsons ES earned the title of Georgia K-12 Foreign Language Teacher of the Year from the Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG). An educator since 1996, Mr. Uriz joined GCPS and Parsons ES in 2008. Earlier this school year, he was named a Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year semifinalist.

    The Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) recognized Alexandra Kates of Parkview HS as the 2009 Secondary Art Educator of the Year award winner at the GAEA awards program in the fall. She has presented at the National Art Education Association Conference and has chaired the High Museum of Art's Metro Atlanta High School Exhibit for seven years. Click here to learn more.
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    Stringfellow among finalists for Georgia Teacher of the Year
    Deborah Stringfellow of Crews MS, 2009-10 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year, was named one of 10 finalists in the 2011 Georgia Teacher of the Year competition. Ms. Stringfellow and the other finalists were selected from a pool of 148 educators who were named as the Teacher of the Year in their respective school districts.

    "I was totally shocked when I learned I was one of the top 10 finalists for 2011 Georgia Teacher of the Year," says Mrs. Stringfellow. "[My experience]... is helping to inspire my students to excel at whatever they choose to do in life."

    The state winner will be announced at the Georgia Teacher of the Year Banquet on May 14 at the Georgia Aquarium. The 2011 Georgia Teacher of the Year will spend next school year traveling around the state and the nation, serving as an ambassador for the teaching profession. The winner also will be entered in the National Teacher of the Year competition. All finalists will serve on Georgia Superintendent Kathy Cox's Teacher Advisory Council next school year.
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    Council for Exceptional Children:
    Four earn state, county honors

    A teacher's effectiveness in the classroom can have a lasting impact, and four Gwinnett educators have been recognized for their efforts in the system's classrooms for children with special needs.

    Maria Warshal of Duluth MS was named Georgia Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Paraprofessional of the Year. Mrs. Warshal also was recognized as the Gwinnett CEC Paraprofessional of the Year. "Not only does Mrs. Warshal perform her assigned duties well, but she goes beyond expectations as she identifies student needs," says Dawn Torcivia, assistant principal at Duluth MS. "Her number one priority is to meet the emotional, physical, and academic needs of her students, and she will do whatever it takes. Mrs. Warshal's commitment to her students is inspiring to her peers."

    Sue Hamilton of Winn Holt ES was honored as Gwinnett CEC Teacher of the Year.

    Andrea Littleton and Amy Riker, both of Puckett's Mill ES, earned the Gwinnett CEC Co-Teaching Team of the Year award.

    Sue Hamilton, left, stands with
    Maria Warshal after receiving
    their local awards.

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    Murillo recognized by Georgia Reading Association
    Gloria Murillo of Meadowcreek HS was recognized as the Georgia Reading Association's (GRA) Bob Jerrold’s Adult Reading Achievement Award winner. A promoter of reading literacy, GRA recognizes students and individuals who demonstrate growth in the area.
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    GCPS social workers recognized by state association
    Congratulations to the following staff members honored at the School Social Worker Association of Georgia (SSWAG) conference:

    Christa Kirksey was selected for the state’s top title by her professional organization. Ms. Kirksey is the first GCPS school social worker to receive the state’s highest title since the award program was implemented in 1984. The annual recognition honors exemplary school social workers from throughout the state of Georgia.

    Linda DeWaay earned the Elise Nesbit Trailblazer Award at the conference. The award recognizes an outstanding member of SSWAG who has made a significant contribution to the profession of school social work, locally and statewide, promoting services for students and their families.
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    STAR Teachers selected as shining examples
    Mary Lynn Huie of Parkview HS was honored as the Gwinnett County 2010 STAR Teacher, and went on to earn region honors as well. She was selected by Cong “Tom” Hui, the county's 2010 STAR Student, an honor which recognizes students for their exceptional academic performance. Earning a perfect score on the SAT helped distinguish him as the county winner. The STAR Teacher is selected by the student as the educator who had a strong influence on his academic career.

    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 (PAGE), the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Department of Education.

    Following are GCPS teachers honored as STAR Teachers at the local school level:
    2010 Local School STAR Teachers in Gwinnett
    Tania Tucci-Wykowski of Grayson HS
    (selected by Archer HS' STAR student)
    Dr. Walter Snow of Berkmar HS
    Chris Michael of Brookwood HS*
    LeAnn Hedrick of Brookwood HS*
    Sarah Axmann of Central Gwinnett HS
    Laura Herbig of Collins Hill HS
    Maureen Sneed of Dacula HS
    Lesley Buchanan of Dacula HS
    Trissa Luftig of Duluth MS
    Tonya Pohlel of Grayson HS
    Wendy Ross of Meadowcreek HS
    Jennifer E. Martin of Mill Creek HS*
    Gregory Marr of Mill Creek HS*
    Brent Tisdale of Mountain View HS
    Susan Neuman of Norcross HS
    Barbie Nelson of North Gwinnett HS
    Mary Lynn Huie of Parkview HS
    (County and Region STAR Teacher winner)
    Lara Deal of Peachtree Ridge HS
    Rhonda Brookshire of Phoenix HS
    Patrick Norton of Shiloh HS
    Shawn Carter of South Gwinnett HS
    *Please note: Brookwood HS and Mill Creek HS each had two STAR Teachers and Students this year.
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    Georgia music educators honor Andrews
    Robert Andrews of Curriculum and Instruction was presented with the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) 2010 Administrative Leadership Award during the organization’s annual conference. The Georgia Music Educators Association annually recognizes significant leadership by a system or school level administrator. The organization credits Mr. Andrews for the success of the new Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for Music.

    "I attribute much of this success to having the privilege of working with 257 Gwinnett music educators who are among the best music teachers, directors, and conductors in the state," says Mr. Andrews, who serves as GCPS' director of Fine Arts. "Receiving the leadership award confirmed to me the importance of my role as an arts leader to ensure that all children have access to an arts education which will provide them the essential skills vital for success in the 21st century."
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    Skeen named 2010 GCPS Media Specialist of the Year
    Suzanne Skeen of Parsons ES saw the school's media center become the center of festivity on March 23. Ms. Skeen was presented with the title of 2010 GCPS Library Media Specialist of the Year.

    In nominating Ms. Skeen for this honor, the administrative team at Parsons ES said that she “is an inspiration to the teachers around her … a true leader. Teachers in all areas of the school rave about the work she does to support them and their students.”

    Supporting teachers is one of the duties Ms. Skeen says that she enjoys the most, especially when leading staff development training sessions on new technology. “I enjoyed being invited to faculty study groups to teach them new technology or to show them the online research library our county provides,” she says.

    In addition to supporting fellow educators, Ms. Skeen encourages students to participate in “The Amazing Reading Race.” As students meet their goal of reading 100 minutes a week, the fun and competitive activity also promotes the learning of geography, mathematics, science, and social studies.

    Ms. Skeen helped open Parsons ES in 2003. In 2005, she was named a GCPS Teacher of the Year semifinalist.

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    Gwinnett's Bus Managers and Monitor of the Year named
    Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) selected its school Bus Managers and Monitor of the Year (BMMOTY) during the annual bus manager and monitor of the year evening banquet.

    Gwinnett County Board of Education members were present to salute the professionals who transport Gwinnett students safely to and from school each school day.

    The Gwinnett transportation employees honored this year are:
    Janet Humphrey
    2010 Regular Education
    Bus Manager
    of the Year
    Ms. Humphrey transports students in the Archer Cluster. She joined the school system in 2002 and enjoys the flexibility the position provides to her.
    Jane Stovall
    2010 Special Education
    Bus Manager
    of the Year
    Having joined the school system in 2003, Ms. Stovall provides transportation services to special needs students in the North Gwinnett Cluster, a service she says she enjoys due to her love for children.
    Fabian Sowell
    2010 Special Education
    Bus Monitor of the Year
    Mr. Sowell provides support to special needs students in several clusters in the western area of Gwinnett County. He says it’s uplifting to touch a child’s life and make a difference in it. He joined the district in 2008.

    Before being named winners, these candidates participated in an extensive selection process. First, they were nominated by peers in their transportation zone. There are 27 regular education zones, and nine special education zones. Nominees then were given a written and driving skills test. Eleven finalists were selected – five regular education bus managers, three special education bus managers, and three special education bus monitors. A judging committee, comprised of GCPS system leaders who serve outside of the Transportation Department, selected the winners from among the finalists.
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    Gwinnett leaders honored as innovators by LSAA
    "At 211o, water is hot. At 212o, it boils. And with the boiling water, comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive." —Sam Parker and Mac Anderson

    The recipients of the 2nd annual Local School Administrators Association (LSAA) Innovative Leadership Award were recognized earlier this year for leading change by providing the "extra degree" of innovation necessary for increasing student learning in Gwinnett County. To meet criteria for the award, the innovation must:

    - demonstrate a new concept or new or unique application of an existing idea;
    - have a strong and direct link to student achievement;
    - support the kind of learning needed to prepare today's learners for their
    future; and
    - reflect a shared understanding and vision throughout the school and/or cluster.

    These educators were selected by the principals of their respective clusters as demonstrating innovative leadership to increase student achievement.
    Cluster
    Educator
    Alternative Schools
    Jay Paschal of GIVE East Center
    Archer
    Dr. Cindy Truett of Harbins ES
    Berkmar
    Kenney Wells of Berkmar MS
    Brookwood
    Debbie Dees of Brookwood HS
    Central Gwinnett
    Dr. Dot Schoeller of Simonton ES
    Collins Hill
    Susan Opferman of Creekland MS
    Dacula
    Vivian Stranahan of Mulberry ES
    Duluth
    Jason Lane of Duluth HS
    Grayson
    Jerry Raymond of Pharr ES
    Lanier
    Sandra Levent of Sugar Hill ES
    Meadowcreek
    Bob Jackson of Meadowcreek HS
    Mill Creek
    Chris Emsley of Duncan Creek ES
    Mountain View
    Keith Chaney of Mountain View HS
    Norcross
    Jonathan Patterson of Norcross HS
    North Gwinnett
    Wanda Law of North Gwinnett MS
    Parkview
    Mona Roberts of Knight ES
    Peachtree Ridge
    Dr. Kevin Tashlein of Peachtree Ridge HS
    Shiloh
    Dr. Gwen Tatum of Shiloh HS
    South Gwinnett
    Tarsha Chambers of Rosebud ES

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    Gwinnett educators receive Atlanta Toyota Scholarships
    The Atlanta Toyota Scholarship program recognizes one student from each high school in Gwinnett County Public Schools and the educators these students selected as their most inspiring teachers. While the 2010 student recipients will receive a $1,500 scholarship, their inspiring teachers each will receive $750, for a total of $40,500 awarded by Atlanta Toyota this year. The program has awarded more than $300,000 to students and teachers in Gwinnett since 2004.

    Following are GCPS teachers honored as 2010 Atlanta Toyota Scholarship honorees at the local school level. Unless otherwise noted, the honored educator teaches at the honored student's high school.
    School
    Teacher
    Archer HS
    Cheryl Copeland (Couch MS)
    Berkmar HS
    Kelly Evers
    Brookwood HS
    Cary Kennedy
    Central Gwinnett HS
    Eric Blachly
    Collins Hill HS
    Laura Herbig
    Dacula HS
    Peg Alton (Twin Rivers MS)
    Duluth HS
    Trissa Luftig (Duluth MS)
    Grayson HS
    Scott Wiley
    Meadowcreek HS
    Jimmie McKinley (South Gwinnett HS)
    Mill Creek HS
    Tim Kiep
    Mountain View HS
    Garin Berry
    Norcross HS
    Casey Weeks
    North Gwinnett HS
    Serge Laguerre
    Parkview HS
    Mary Lynn Huie
    Peachtree Ridge HS
    Seth Hersch (Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology)
    Phoenix HS
    Jenny Cooper (McConnell MS)
    Shiloh HS
    Pheletta Kayea
    South Gwinnett HS
    Derrick Burchette

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  • System, School, and Staff Honors

  • Student/Team Honors

  • Degrees

  • Certifications

  • Presentations

  • Publications

  • Participants, and

  • Grants/Scholarships.


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    System, School, and Staff Honors
  • Debbie Dees of Brookwood HS— recognized as a finalist for Georgia Principal of the Year by the Georgia Association of Secondary Schools Principals.
  • Julia Guyton of Berkeley Lake ES— honored as Education Impact award winner in the Georgia Parent to Parent awards. Ms. Guyton also received a $500 grant for classroom materials.
  • Keri Beth Tidmore of Dacula MS— recognized as the state's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Middle Level Advisor of the Year.
  • Patty Lindahl of Brookwood HS— earned a Shuler Hensley Excellence Award for directing. The awards recognize excellence in high school musical theater. The Brookwood stage crew also was honored for technical execution.
  • Kim Peeples of Brookwood HS— nominated for the Shuler Hensley award for music direction.
  • Katherine Alexander of Mill Creek HS— nominated for the Shuler Hensley award for Costume Design.
  • Congratulations to the following award winners recognized in the 2009-10 Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest:
    Dr. Linda Katz of Norcross HS— received a $200 award as the teacher of the grand prize winning student.
    Charla Cebulski of Central Gwinnett HS— received a $100 award for achieving 100% participation.
  • Colby Bross of Parsons ES— named Elementary Reading Teacher of the Year by the Gwinnett Reading Council.
  • Dr. Lisa Eickholdt of Puckett’s Mill ES— earned the Reading Leadership award from the Gwinnett Reading Council.
  • Angie Hembree of Norcross HS— named 2010 AAAAA State Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.
  • Cliff Ramos of Collins Hill HS— named 2010 AAAAA State Wrestling Coach of the Year.
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  • Student/Team Honors
  • Parkview HS' Marine Corps JROTC team— earned 1st Place in the National Orienteering Championships. The team, coached by Amy Williams and assisted by Gunnery Sergeant David Erwin, also won 2nd Place overall in the Varsity High School Interscholastic Championship.
  • Meadowcreek HS' ProStart competition team— earned its third state ProStart culinary championship. The team, led by teacher Debbie Grant, advances to national competition.
  • Congratulations to the following school communities for their recent academic honors:
    Berkmar HS' Academic Decathlon Team, sponsored by Christopher Pae and Brian Bernhardt, was named Division I winner and also won 2nd Place overall in the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) Large School Online Competition;
    Mill Creek HS' Academic Decathlon Team, coached by Dr. Lori Bowen, was named USAD Division I First Runner-up;
    Brookwood HS Academic Team, sponsored by Rick Barry, won the High Q State championship;
    Duluth MS Academic Team, coached by Linda Koch and Sylvia Barteaux, earned the state championship in the Georgia Academic Team Association's (GATA) State Academic Bowl; and
    Trickum MS Academic Team, coached by Cary Sell and Linda LaPerre, earned GATA's 1st runner-up award.
  • Congratulations to these communities, student-athletes, and coaches for AAAAA state athletic championships this winter and spring:
    Brookwood HS Boys Swim and Dive team, coached by Greg Puckett and Michelle Golden;
    Collins Hill HS Wrestling team, coached by Cliff Ramos, earned state championships in both the Dual and Traditional state meets;
    —In the Gwinnett Heat Adapted Sports program, the Football team ended its first year of varsity participation as state champions. The Basketball team was state runner up. Both teams are coached by Jennifer Elinburg and Michaela Istone-Haupt; and
    Norcross HS Girls Basketball team, coached by Angie Hembree.
  • Congratulations to these communities, students, and staff for state fine arts awards and achievements:
    Collins Hill HS Winter Guard, directed by Adam Heidenreich, placed 5th in Winter Guard International finals competition; and
    Brookwood HS Jazz Combo, under the direction of Ken Simpson, received the "Outstanding Combo" award in the Combo Division at the Lakeside Jazz Festival.
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  • Degrees
  • Dr. Barbara J. Heck of Curriculum and Instruction— earned a doctoral degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University.
  • Dr. Donna Patrick of Sugar Hill ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.
  • Dr. Patricia Weaver of Chesney ES— earned a doctoral degree in Teacher Leadership and Supervision from Walden University.
  • Donna L. Alexander of Human Resources— earned a specialist's degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Marty Bozoian of Berkmar HS— earned a specialist's degree in Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
  • Troy Brown of Berkmar HS— earned a specialist's degree in Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
  • Brooke Bugg of Britt ES— earned a specialist's degree in Brain-Based Teaching from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Amy Cantrell of Rosebud ES— earned a specialist's degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Ron Gay of Hull MS— earned a specialist's degree in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Sherrie Joiner of Rosebud ES— earned a specialist's degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Sherryl Robertson of Rosebud ES— earned a specialist's degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Becky Sharpe of Riverside ES— earned a specialist's degree in Integrated Teaching through the Arts from Lesley University.
  • Patricia Smith of Winn Holt ES— earned a specialist's degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Tina Smosny of Berkmar HS— earned a specialist's degree in Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
  • Chris Stanford of Winn Holt ES— earned a specialist's degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Cathy Williams of Winn Holt ES— earned a specialist's degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Pamela Zickefoose of Magill ES— earned a specialist's degree in Brain-Based Teaching from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Mona Brawley of Partee ES— earned a master's degree in Organizational Leadership with a Leadership Coaching focus from Regent University.
  • Shawn Mazzatta of Camp Creek ES— earned a master's degree in Integrated Teaching through the Arts from Lesley University.
  • Holly McKinnon of North Gwinnett MS— earned a master's degree in Middle Grades Education from Mercer University.
  • Katie Saldarriaga of North Gwinnett HS— earned a master's degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University.
  • Nancy Tuck of Meadowcreek HS— earned a master's degree in English from
    National University.
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  • Certifications
  • Sue Hyzer and Jennifer S. Roberts, both of Parsons ES— renewed their certifications as National Board Certified Teachers.
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  • Presentations
  • Kathy Traylor of Shiloh MS— presented "Can You Construct This? 7th Graders Build a Portfolio of Constructions with Geometer's Sketchpad," and "Inspiring Middle School Math: Using the TI-Nspire Learning Handheld with Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry Concepts" at the International Teachers Teaching with Technology Conference.
  • Tara C. Raines and Amanda Robertson, both of Special Education and Psychological Services— presented "Screening for Children at Risk for Behavioral and Emotional Problems: Student Outcomes and Characteristics" at the National Association of School Psychologists Convention. Ms. Raines also presented "Reflections of and Professional Experiences in Quito, Ecuador" at the conference.
  • Chuck Cancilla and Dr. Karen Talley, both of Special Education and Psychological Services— presented their research on the Academic Success Program at the National Youth At-Risk Conference.
  • Angie Bennett, Crystie Flynt, and Dr. Lisa Lang of Curriculum and Instruction— presented "Get Sassy and Sell the Program!" at the 2010 National Reading Recovery and K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference.
  • Charlene Majors of Transportation— presented "So What's Your Point? Communicating Effectively and Efficiently," "Sensitivity Training," and "Training Special Needs Personnel: Meeting Budgets and Best Practices" at the 19th National Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers Conference.
  • Julie Condor of Collins Hill HS— selected to present research at the Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Mid-West and South.
  • Christy Belbey and Lindsey Campbell, both of Dacula HS— presented "Making Language Sexy! Promotion of Lesser Taught Languages" at the Foreign Language Association of Georgia Conference.
  • Tamara J. Candis of Parsons ES— presented "Utilizing Picture Books to Teach Grammar and Writing" at the Georgia Council of Teachers of English Conference.
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  • Publications
  • Dr. Yuehong "Maria" Chen Foley of Cedar Hill ES— published a chapter, "Qualitative Studies of Parent Reactions to Filial Therapy in a Public School," in Child-Centered Play Therapy Research: The Evidence Base for Effective Practice. Click here for more information about the book.
  • Kate Brambrut of Berkmar MS— co-authored the book, That's My Story Too: Lessons and Activities for 52 Counselor-Recommended Children's Books.
  • Dawn Moss of Mill Creek HS— published an essay as part of the 2009 trade paperback reissue of author Pat Conroy's memoir, The Water Is Wide.
  • Jeannette Smith Anthos of Lovin ES— published the article, "Works of HeART: Help for Haiti" in Arts and Activities magazine.
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  • Participants
  • Cristy Lenski of South Gwinnett HS— selected to represent U.S. Rep. John Linder's district in the 2010 House Fellows Program, an intensive week-long workshop on the history and practices of the House of Representatives.
  • Congratulations to a number of GCPS staff members who were featured in a national Reading Recovery video:
    Dr. Dot Schoeller, Dr. Clifford Johnson, Anne Blandino, Marketa Bullard, Sheri Denson, and Darlene Maxineau, all of Simonton ES; and
    Angie Bennett and Crystie Flynt, both of Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Congratulations to the following GCPS representatives of the Gwinnett Retirement System (GRS) Administrative Committee:
    Ken Johnson of Central Gwinnett HS completed his service as a committee member.
    Jim Barbee of Peachtree Ridge HS and Keith Chaney of Mountain View HS were appointed to serve on the committee for seven-year terms.
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  • Grants/Scholarships
  • Camp Creek ES and Hooper Renwick School— each received Lowe's Toolbox for Education grants. Camp Creek's $4,475 grant was used to fund the school's Outdoor Classroom Improvement Project. Hooper Renwick's $9,600 grant was used to create an Recreational Outdoor Center (The ROC).
  • Mona Brawley of Partee ES— received a $1,000 Art Access grant from the High Museum of Art, enabling the school's FOCUS students to participate in a field trip to the museum.
  • Christine Farrell of Patrick ES— received a $500 grant from the Mill Creek Cluster Education Foundation to support the Behavior Management program within the school's self-contained Emotional Behavioral Disorder classroom.

  • Megan Callahan, center, sister of Grace, a student at Ivy Creek ES, sits with her parents, Doug Callahan of Jones MS and Audrey Callahan of Mill Creek HS during Ivy Creek ES' "Goals for Grace" fundraiser. Almost $22,000 was raised for Grace's heart transplant.


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    Share your good news with your colleagues in the Spotlight publication. If you have earned a state or national award, earned a degree, made a presentation, or had work published, send the information to the Spotlight mailbox via Lotus Notes, or to the Communication and Media Relations department through the courier. Click here to send your submissions to Spotlight.The deadline is August 27 for the back-to-school. Submissions received after this date will be included in the Winter issue.

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