Volume 1 , Number 4May 20, 2009


State and Local Recognitions

Need-to-know highlights in State and Local Recognitions:
  • Susan Mixon-Lockaby of R.L. Norton ES recently was honored as the State Special Education Paraprofessional of the Year. Read more…
  • Innovative leaders were recognized for their support of improved student achievement. Read more…
  • 56 head custodians were honored by GCPS. Read more…

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    Mixon-Lockaby named State Special Education Paraprofessional of the Year
    The Georgia Council for Exceptional Children recently named Susan Mixon-Lockaby of R.L. Norton ES as the first-ever Georgia Special Education Paraprofessional of the Year. Ms. Mixon-Lockaby works with special education kindergartners and 1st graders.

    “I am thrilled to be the recipient of such a prestigious award,” says Ms. Mixon-Lockaby. “To be the first to be awarded the title of Paraprofessional of the Year for both the Gwinnett and Georgia Councils for Exceptional Children is truly an honor.”

    Ms. Mixon-Lockaby is a product of GCPS. A graduate of South Gwinnett HS, she has dedicated the past two decades to R. L. Norton ES students. Click here to read the news release about her honor.
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    Innovative leaders support improved student achievement
    This spring, 16 GCPS administrators were honored by the Local School Administrators Association (LSAA) in the 1st annual Innovative Leadership Awards, recognized for innovations in increasing student learning. Following are the honorees and the areas of leadership recognized:
    Innovative Leadership Award honorees
    Lorraine Sparks of Annistown ES— Implementing individual data notebooks and student-led conferences, raising student and parent awareness of learning expectations, academic strengths, and areas for improvement.John Campbell of Frank N. Osborne MSSupporting achievement in writing, and embracing innovation to ensure achievement gains.
    Ken Johnson of Berkmar HS— Improving Advanced Placement (AP) access and achievement and supporting MS tutoring programJean Loethen-Payne of Peachtree ESLeading the application process for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.
    Karen Head of Brookwood ES— Promoting reading and writing and best practices in hands-on ES math and science as well as vertical-teaming efforts.Niki Ross of Phoenix HS— Spearheading improvement efforts in science which culminated in Academic Pep Rallies and record success on the science graduation test.
    Kathy M. Jones of Camp Creek ES— Creating cluster vertical teams that established common science vocabulary and fostered best practices in teaching and learning mathematics.Dr. Patty Heitmuller of Louise Radloff MS — Garnering support for math learning, while also dramatically increasing reading and writing achievement.
    Carlotta Rozzi of Charles Brant Chesney ES— Helping set the vision for a cluster with four first-year principals while addressing the many needs of a Title I school.Dr. Melissa E. Walker of J. E. Richards MS— Developing the school’s Teacher Leadership Cohort.
    Dr. Kellye Riggins of Dacula MS— Developing strong vertical teams, writing successful grant applications, and being supportive of colleagues, staff, and students.Dr. Craig Barlow of Riverside ES Creating a Leadership Academy that helps teachers, custodians, clerks, and other staff members become better learners and leaders.
    Paula DeWeese of Dr. M. H. Mason Jr. ES— Increasing learning in science, establishing a science lab, and guiding collaborative planning sessions to promote student learning in science.Clay Hunter of South Gwinnett HS— Planning and hosting a K–12 Mini Math Institute for the cluster and leading the cluster’s Math Vertical Team which is planning a Summer Math Academy.
    Stacey Schepens of J. P. McConnell MS— Helping to lead the Grayson Cluster Vertical Team. Lisa Newhouse of Walnut Grove ES— Supporting improved achievement through staff development.

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    56 head custodians honored by GCPS
    A group of men and women— often the first to arrive at school early in the morning and the last to turn off the light switch late at night— recently were recognized by Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) for the job they do maintaining a safe and orderly learning environment. The school system thanked and applauded the work of 56 head school custodians during the 21st annual Head Custodian Appreciation Breakfast.

    “The Head Custodian role is to ensure that his or her school is cleaned to high standards in order to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for students and staff,” says Brad Coury, director of Environmental and Supply Services. “They are dedicated and dependable, caring not only about cleaning their school but concerned for the welfare of students and staff and always looking for ways to assist others.”

    Mr. Coury cited several attributes shared by the honorees who have been recognized year after year. They are persistent, have strong ownership of their school facility, and recognize the importance of staff development, both for themselves and for their staff. These head custodians also derive great satisfaction from pleasing their students, staff, and parents, and have a desire to excel.

    These top professionals were selected based on attendance at monthly meetings, use of proper procedures, completion of hazard communication training, and adherence to a time-management tool that emphasizes proper scheduling of effective cleaning methods and efficient procedures.

    More than half of this year's honorees have been recognized with this honor for several consecutive years:

    Gwinnett's top Head Custodians
    Travis Blalock of J.A. Alford ES
    Senada Ajanic of McKendree ES
    Abdurahman Nukicof Beaver Ridge ES
    Lidia Beganovic of Mill Creek High
    Jim Sanders of Berkeley Lake ES
    Semija Causevic of Rebecca Minor ES
    Sandra Woodyard of Berkmar HS
    Kenneth Butler of Monarch School
    Yudith Hernandez of Berkmar MS
    Jean Lyron of Mountain Park ES
    Any Tanasa of Bethesda ES
    Camila Vugdalic of Mulberry ES
    Greg Hardy of Buchanan HS of Technology
    Valerie Anderson of Norcross ES
    Peggy Arnold of Camp Creek ES
    Branka Zubcevic of Oakland Meadow School
    Sarah Smith of Centerville ES
    *Steve Nunley of Frank N. Osborne MS
    Lisa Hodge of Central Gwinnett HS
    Gabriela Dan of Parsons ES
    Robin Thomas of Chattahoochee ES
    Dmitriy Krudu of Henry Partee ES
    Cornelia Buducea of Corley ES
    Jacob Margau of Patrick ES
    Eva Lopez of Craig ES
    Tom Dray of Pinckneyville MS
    *Julie Beverly of Alton C. Crews MS
    Gloria Green of Puckett’s Mill ES
    Tanya Aciu of Dacula ES
    Bianca Portwood of Louise Radloff MS
    Mark Humphrey of Duncan Creek ES
    Brenda Crawford of Rock Springs ES
    Joe Wimmer of Fort Daniel ES
    Beth Wilson of Rosebud ES
    *Ron Johnston of Grayson HS
    Lisa Mosley of Simonton ES
    Joan Tullis of Harbins ES
    Ane Elliott of Simpson ES
    Brandon Wilson of Harmony ES
    Ronda Price of Suwanee ES
    Ana Sanchez of Hooper Renwick School
    Margie Greeson of Sweetwater MS
    Kim Johnson of Richard Hull MS
    Connie Fulcher of Sycamore ES
    Brenda Humphrey of Glenn C. Jones MS
    Joseph Alexander of Trickum MS
    Nadia Levdanskaya of Lilburn ES
    Clemente Amable of Trip ES
    Michael Bryant of Lilburn MS
    Gabriela Amariei of Walnut Grove ES
    Larry Campbell of Lovin ES
    Loyd Eubanks of White Oak ES
    Jed Clark of J.C. Magill ES
    Carol Back of Margaret Winn Holt ES
    Anka Dendic of J.P. McConnell MS
    Mike Wahl of Central Offices

    * Names in maroon denote individuals who have been recognized for 10 or more consecutive years.
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  • System, School, and Staff Honors and Student/Team Honors

  • Degrees

  • Presentations

  • Publications

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  • Grants/scholarships.

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    System, School, and Staff Honors
  • Congratulations to the following educators on their induction into Phi Delta Kappa: Nicole Scott of Benefield ES; Dr. Stacy Byous of Collins Hill HS; Anne Butcher of Duluth MS; Joleen Evans of Harmony ES; Anne Haddox of J. P. McConnell MS; Samuel Owens of Meadowcreek HS; Dr. Sue LaFave, Teresa Martin, and Nicole White of Oakland Meadow School; Dawn White of Rock Springs ES; and Tina Gay of K.E. Taylor ES.
  • Congratulations to the following educators for receiving the award for Outstanding Service as a Special Education Assistant Principal from Special Education and Psychological Services: Area I – Stephanie Twitty of Bethesda ES; Area 2 – Lisa Marie Johnson of Berkeley Lake ES; Area 3: Mitch Green of Trickum MS; Area 4 – Kay Elder of Harbins ES; and Area 5 – Nancy Caudell-Trammell of Lanier MS.
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  • Student/Team Honors
  • Congratulations to the following school communities for their recent academic honors:
    - A Riverside ES student and a team from Pinckneyville MS qualified for international Future Problem Solving competition. Coaches are Lisa Vaughn and Marion Sebastian, both of Riverside ES; and Gary Neff of Pinckneyville MS.
    - The Parkview HS National Economic Challenge Team, coached by Gary Petmecky, won the state championship in the Adam Smith Division, qualifying for Southeast regional competition.
    - A team from Parkview HS, sponsored by Tim Watkins, won the Spring 2009 Stock Market Game. Teacher Sarah Swingle of Camp Creek ES won the teacher division in the game.
  • Congratulations to the following school communities, student-athletes, and coaches for AAAAA state athletic championships this spring:
    - Collins Hill HS Boys Soccer Team— Stan Carpenter head coach, assisted by Jim Gassman, JV coach;
    - Mill Creek HS Girls Golf Team— Ben Hanes, head coach, and assisted by Bob Nelson and Tim Keag;
    - Parkview HS Girls Soccer Team— Judson Hamby, head coach, and assisted by Mark Leviton, JV coach;
    - Parkview HS Boys Track Team— Mark Whitley, head coach, and assisted by Josh Alexander, Richard King, Bobby Robinett, Bjorn Thornton, James Tigue, and Lisa Winters; and
    - Peachtree Ridge HS Boys Golf Team— Bert Green, head coach, and assisted by Bo Lumpkin.
  • Congratulations to the following Norcross HS musical ensembles, directed by Rudy Gilbert and Doug Maloney, for recent honors received at The Festivals of Music: Wind Symphony, William D. Revelli Concert Band Award (1st place for Festival), Superior Trophy, 1st place in class; and Symphonic Band, 2nd place in class and Excellent Trophy. The Norcross HS Band Program was given the Tim Lautzenheiser Esprit de Corps Award.
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  • Degrees
  • Dr. Kelly Brooksher of Mulberry ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Samford University.
  • Claudia Austin of Norcross ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Kim Brusch of Parkview HS— earned a specialist’s degree in School Counseling from Georgia State University.
  • Debby Campbell of Camp Creek ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.
  • Andy Clinansmith of Monarch School— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.
  • Lori Harris of Lilburn ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Natalie Hopkins of Monarch School— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.
  • Erin Hughes of Kanoheda ES— earned a specialist’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Patrice Long of Norcross ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Darlene Maxineau of Simonton ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Mary Meyer of Brookwood HS— earned a specialist’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Melanie Mount of Duncan Creek ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.
  • Deborah Ollinger of Special Education— earned a specialist’s degree in Education from Piedmont College.
  • Kathy Page of Simonton ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Jennifer Streich of Camp Creek ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.
  • Mary Waller of Lilburn ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Christi Bailey of Trickum MS— earned a master’s degree in Education, with a concentration in Middle Level Education, from Walden University.
  • Christy Conway of J. C. Magill Elementary— earned a master's degree in Special Education from Georgia State University.
  • Jeanette Griffin-Kimber of Meadowcreek HS— earned a master's degree in Public Administration from Strayer University.
  • Deanne King of Berkmar HS— earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia.
  • Kathy Marks of G. H. Hopkins ES— earned a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia.
  • Connie Patsy of Margaret Winn Holt ES— earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Central Michigan University.
  • Kim Smith of Jackson ES— earned a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia.
  • John Sorah of GIVE Center East— earned a master’s degree in Workforce Education, with an emphasis in Business Education, from the University of Georgia.
  • Heidi Taylor of Camp Creek ES— earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.
  • Carla Tyler of Henry Partee ES— earned a master's degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University.
  • Pam LeFrois of School Nutrition— earned a bachelor's degree in Management from North Georgia College and State University.
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  • Presentations
  • Tara Raines of Special Education and Psychological Services— presented "Ecuadorian Professional Preparation: Reflection of Experiences" at the National Association of School Psychologists Convention in Boston.
  • Sallie Barrett and Amanda Reding, both of Richard Hull MS— presented "Sticky Strategies for Review" at the Georgia Science Teachers Association conference.
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  • Publications
  • Margaret Cheeley of Collins Hill HS— featured in the 2009 Education Guide of Atlanta Parent magazine.
  • Dr. Yuehong (Maria) Chen Foley of Cedar Hill ES, with Fran Mullis— co-wrote the article, "Interpreting Children’s Human Figure Drawings: Basic Guidelines for School Counselors," in GSCA Journal, published by the Georgia School Counselors Association. Click here to view the article.
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  • Participants
  • Dr. Byron Howard Sr. of Cedar Hill ES and Dr. Janet B. Howard of Lilburn MSserved as panelists for the 2nd annual State of the State Education Symposium, held during the Georgia State NAACP Education Conference at Morehouse College.
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  • Grants/Scholarships
  • Brookwood HS— received a 2009 Extend the Dream grant for $1,250 from the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling to support the school's "Students with a Purpose" program in 2009-10.
  • Lawrenceville ES— received a $500 grant from Target Stores Foundation for a library/media center makeover. The school will receive $500 in books in addition to volunteer service in the 2009-10 school year from Target volunteers.
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    Share your good news with your colleagues in the quarterly Spotlight publication. If you have earned a state or national award, earned a degree, made a presentation, or had work published, click here to send your submissions to Spotlight or send a note to the Communication and Media Relations department through the courier. The deadline is August 27 for the back-to-school issue.

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