Volume 1 , Number 3 April 14, 2009


The Road to Broad

GCPS nominated for Broad Prize
Named one of the highest performing urban districts in the country, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) has been selected as one of the five finalists in the 2009 Broad Prize for Urban Education, the largest education award in the U.S.

In making the announcement, Eli Broad, founder of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, said, "These five districts are among the most impressive in the country because they have demonstrated an unwavering focus on student achievement above all else. They stand as a beacon for other urban districts facing similar challenges and are exemplars of practices that can be replicated elsewhere across the country to improve our public schools."

CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said, "We are so proud to have been selected as a finalist for this prestigious award, and see it as validation of the good work that is going on in Gwinnett classrooms every day. It speaks volumes to the commitment and dedication to teaching and learning that is found throughout this district... from the School Board level to the classroom."

Click here to read more about GCPS' nomination for the 2009 Broad Prize and here to learn more about the Broad Foundation.
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National and State Recognition

Need-to-know highlights in National and State Recognitions:
  • AP Physics teacher Joe Cox of Brookwood HS earned the 2009 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement (AP). Read more…
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools earned the Georgia Economic Education Program of Excellence Award for its comprehensive K-12 implementation of economic education. Read more…
  • Berkmar HS, Brookwood HS, Central Gwinnett HS, Duluth HS, North Gwinnett HS, Parkview HS, Shiloh HS, and South Gwinnett HS were recently honored among Georgia's AP Honor Schools. Read more…
  • Band directors Hunter McRae, Mary Wilson, and Dr. Tonya A. Millsap received the National Band Association's “Citation of Excellence Award” and Dean Feldman of Peachtree Ridge HS was inducted into the Georgia Thespians Hall of Fame. Read more…
  • Christy Belbey of Dacula HS is Georgia's HS French Teacher of the Year and Sanja Knezovic of Parkview HS is the Georgia German Teacher of the Year. Read more…
  • Tamara Candis of Parsons ES is the state's Elementary Teacher of the Year in language arts. Read more…
  • Debbie Grant of Meadowcreek HS is the Georgia's top culinary arts teacher. Read more…

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    Cox earns 2009 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement
    Joe Cox of Brookwood HS received the 2009 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement (AP). As one of 50 teachers selected nationally for his dedication to teaching and to the AP program, Mr. Cox also received an award of $1,000. A 12-year GCPS educator, he serves as the co-chair of Brookwood HS’ Science department in addition to teaching his AP Physics classes.

    “In my opinion, Joe's efforts in advancing our AP curriculum and the results our students posted on the AP Physics Exam played a significant role in his receiving this recognition,” says Debra Dees, Brookwood principal. “Brookwood students earned 10% of the AP Physics B 5's in the State during 2008 and Brookwood was recognized in the College Board's AP Report to the Nation as having one of the highest AP Physics B pass rates in Georgia.”

    Growth in Brookwood HS' AP Physics Program Under Mr. Cox
    2005-06:
    73 students in AP Physics Classes
    2008-09:
    415 students in AP Physics Classes

    Established in 1998, the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement exemplify the strong partnership between the Siemens Foundation and the College Board to expand and strengthen the pool of math, science, and technology talent needed for the continued growth of business and industry in the United States and globally.

    Mr. Cox encourages students to take AP Physics for a number of reasons. The course helps students gain a better understanding of the world in which they live. In addition, the approach to problem-solving and the required preparation and study are great preparation for college. "These are academic skills that will serve them well, regardless of their future college major," he says.
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    GCPS earns state honor in economic education
    In Gwinnett, educators agree that sharing the lessons of economic education with students as soon as possible is the right thing to do... and the state shares that opinion. The system earned the Georgia Economic Education Program of Excellence Award from the Georgia Council on Economic Education (GCEE) for its comprehensive K-12 implementation of economic education.

    "We're very pleased about this recognition," says Debbie Daniell, director of Social Studies for Gwinnett County Public Schools. “Economic Education is included in all of our grade levels and courses. In our K-5 program, not only are there separate economic standards, but we also teach them in context with the historical section and the math sections of our AKS. In our high schools, economics is a required course, but we also incorporate economics into our history, political science, and geography classes as well."

    Click here to learn more about GCEE and here to read more about economic education in Gwinnett in the recent issue of Communiqué.
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    Eight GCPS high schools named AP Honor Schools
    Berkmar HS, Brookwood HS, Central Gwinnett HS, Duluth HS, North Gwinnett HS, Parkview HS, Shiloh HS, and South Gwinnett HS were recently honored as AP Honor Schools among 80 high schools in the state.

    "Georgia is making tremendous strides with Advanced Placement -- not only in the number of students taking the courses, but in the number of students having success," says State Superintendent Kathy Cox. "Much of that progress comes from the dedication to rigor and excellence at each of our AP Honor Schools."

    Advanced Placement (AP) classes and 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 receive a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit.

    The 2009 AP Honor Schools are named in three categories, based on the results of 2007-2008 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.

    Georgia ranked 15th nationally in the percentage of 2008 high school seniors who earned a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam.
    2009 AP Honor Schools
    AP Access and Support Schools:
    Berkmar HS
    Central Gwinnett HS
    Shiloh HS
    South Gwinnett HS
    AP Merit Schools:
    Brookwood HS
    Duluth HS
    North Gwinnett HS
    Parkview HS

    Click here to read the news release from the state Department of Education.
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    Fine arts educators earn national and state awards
    Band directors Hunter McRae and Mary F. Wilson of Lanier MS and Dr. Tonya A. Millsap of Glenn C. Jones MS have been recognized by the National Band Association, receiving the organization’s “Citation of Excellence Award.” The Citation of Excellence Award is presented to an individual whose ensemble has a history of a distinguished level of accomplishment, or to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field.

    Drama teacher Dean Feldman of Peachtree Ridge HS was inducted into the Georgia Thespians Hall of Fame at the recent Georgia Thespians Conference. Georgia Thespians recognizes annually an individual who has dedicated himself or herself to the cause of theatre education. Any member of the Educational Theatre Association who has 20 years of service is eligible to be nominated for this award. Click here to learn more about the thespians-in-training at Peachtree Ridge HS.

    “The recognition received by these educators is well-deserved,” says Robert E. Andrews, Fine Arts director for GCPS. “Their leadership and commitment to excellence has enriched their learning communities and encouraged their students to pursue and exceed their own potential.”
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    Gwinnett foreign language educators receive TOTY kudos

    Christy Belbey, right, receives award from Kathy Porto, chair of the AATF/Georgia Chapter's TOY Committee.
    Two of Gwinnett’s outstanding foreign language educators were honored at the recent Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG) and the Southern Conference on Language and Teaching (SCOLT) Conference.

    Christy Belbey of Dacula HS won the High School French Teacher of the Year award from the Georgia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).

    Click here to visit Ms. Belbey's web page and click here to see the criteria for her award.

    Sanja Knezovic of Parkview HS won the Georgia German Teacher of the Year award from the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). Click here to visit Ms. Knezovic's web page.

    “Both of these educators have a tremendous passion for the language and culture they teach,” says David Jahner, Foreign Language director for GCPS. “Christy thrives on all things French, and Sanja is likewise a leader among the German teachers in the district. Both are quick to share their expertise with colleagues and both of these teachers have inspired students to pursue a career as a language teacher, which is one of the greatest successes one can experience as an educator.”
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    Candis receives GCTE Teacher of the Year award
    Tamara Candis of Parsons ES won the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) Elementary Teacher of the Year award, presented during GCTE’s annual conference on Jekyll Island. In addition to her award, Ms. Candis received a check for $500.

    “Learning to read and write is the greatest gift you can give to a student,” says Ms. Candis. “Obtaining a solid foundation in English/language arts is an essential life skill because language is everywhere and in everything. Without reservations, I challenge my students to attain levels far greater than their imaginations.” Click here to visit Ms. Candis' web page.

    “She expresses the importance of language arts for all students and uses instructional strategies that are effective," says Dr. Charlotte Sadler, principal of Parsons ES. "When looking at the progress of her 3rd graders, it is obvious that she uses a variety of strategies to reach all students and her instruction is very effective— as is evident from the scores and grades of her students.”

    GCTE recognizes language arts teachers at the elementary, middle, secondary, and college levels.
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    Grant named ProStart Teacher of the Year for Georgia
    Debbie Grant of Meadowcreek HS has been named 2009 ProStart Teacher of the Year in Georgia. Ms. Grant and the school's ProStart Culinary Team have been cooking up a successful year, as the team has won the state competition and will compete at the national level in the ProStart Invitational. Sandra Clavijo, another of Ms. Grant's students, recently earned the title of Best Teen Chef at the Atlanta Art Institute's culinary competition. She also will advance to national competition.

    "Ms. Grant is the consummate culinary arts teacher," says Bob Jackson, principal of Meadowcreek HS. “Her continued dedication and support, not only to students, but to the culinary arts program, is without question the reason why she was chosen as the ProStart Teacher of the Year. Student interest in our culinary arts program has continued to increase due largely to the influence of Ms. Grant. The faculty, staff, and student body are very proud her."

    A seasoned educator of more than 30 years, Ms. Grant has taught at Meadowcreek HS for 10 years. In addition to her work with ProStart, she is a Certified ServSafe instructor. She also serves as an instructor for Family and Consumer Science and as the school's Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) advisor. For more information about the ProStart program, please click here.
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    GCPS Kudos

    Need-to-know highlights in GCPS Kudos:
  • Gwinnett County STAR Teacher John Edgar of Duluth HS moves on to compete for the state STAR title after winning at the region level. Read more…
  • GCPS recognizes top counseling award winners: Erin Sprinkle of Lovin ES, Maria Grovner of Creekland MS, Cary Kennedy of Brookwood HS, Dr. Richard Holland of Glenn C. Jones MS, and Dr. Yuehong "Maria" Chen Foley of Cedar Hill ES. Read more…
  • System honors Harry Brewer, Karen Ford, and Donna Zarco as 2009 Bus Managers and Monitor of the year. Read more…
  • Julie Richardson of Glenn C. Jones MS is the 2009 Gwinnett County Public Schools Library Media Specialist of the Year. Read more…
  • Maxwell HS of Technology's Automobile and Collision Repair and Refinishing programs and North Gwinnett HS' Dawg House recently recertified programs at the national level. Read more…
  • Brookwood HS honors retiring Coach Eddie Martin with Martin Court. Read more…

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    STAR Teacher Edgar advances to state

    STAR Teacher John Edgar and
    STAR Student Alice Li
    Gwinnett's STARs are moving on to state. John Edgar of Duluth HS is Duluth HS student Alice Li’s STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Teacher— an educator selected by the student who has had a particularly strong influence on the student’s academic career.

    Ms. Li’s perfect score on the SAT helped distinguish her as a Gwinnett County 2009 STAR Student.

    With recognition at the county and regional levels, the two advance to compete for the state title, which will be announced April 22.

    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.

    Following are GCPS teachers honored as STAR Teachers at the local school level.
    2009 Local School STAR Teachers in Gwinnett

    John Decarvalho of Alton C. Crews MS
    Keith Haber of Berkmar HS
    Nicole Tubbs of Berkmar MS
    Bruce Young of Central Gwinnett HS
    Rob Hutcheson of Collins Hill HS
    Michael Peterson of Dacula HS
    John Edgar of Duluth HS (Countywide STAR Teacher winner)
    Brian DeLong of Grayson HS
    Katherine Hawks of Meadowcreek HS
    Gregory Marr of Mill Creek HS
    Elizabeth Frisbee of Norcross HS
    Diane Shumway of North Gwinnett HS
    George Carden of Parkview HS
    Brian Baron of Shiloh HS
    Linda Cashion of Sycamore ES

    Click here to visit Mr. Edgar's webpage.

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    Five recognized as GCPS' top counseling professionals
    Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) named its top school counselors for the 2008-09 school year at a special recognition during the district’s celebration of National School Counseling Week, with the theme “School Counselors: Building Bridges to Student Achievement."

    “These educators ‘walk the walk and talk the talk’ when it comes to making an impact in their work and with our students,” says Dianne Thompson, director of the Office of Advisement and Counseling. “Their achievements are a reflection of the learning communities they serve and their contributions to teaching and learning.”

    Gwinnett's top school counselors
    2009 Gwinnett County Elementary School Counselor of the Year:
    Erin Sprinkle of Lovin ES

    2009 Gwinnett County Middle School Counselor of the Year:
    Maria Grovner of Creekland MS

    2009 Gwinnett County Secondary School Counselor of the Year:
    Cary Kennedy of Brookwood HS

    2009 Gwinnett County Mary Joe Hannaford Counseling Advocate of the Year:
    Dr. Richard Holland of Glenn C. Jones MS

    2009 Gwinnett County Counselor Writer of the Year:
    Dr. Yuehong "Maria" Chen Foley of Cedar Hill ES
    (This counselor was recognized for an article she co-published in the 2008 issue of the Georgia School Counselors Association Journal. The article was entitled, “Interpreting Children’s Human Figure Drawings: Basic Guidelines for School Counselors.”)

    The Gwinnett counseling honorees will go on to compete at the regional level, and regional winners then compete for state recognition.
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    Gwinnett's Bus Managers and Monitor of the Year named

    Pictured left to right: Karen Ford,
    Harry Brewer, and Donna Zarco
    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.

    CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks and 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:
    Harry Brewer
    2009 Regular Education
    Bus Manager of the Year
    Mr. Brewer transports students in the Collins Hill and Peachtree Ridge clusters. Mr. Brewer says he enjoys the service he provides due to the “love for his students and co-workers.” He joined the school system in 2006.
    Donna Zarco
    2009 Special Education
    Bus Manager of the Year
    Providing transportation services to students in the Shiloh and South Gwinnett clusters, Ms. Zarco joined the school district in 1992. This veteran professional feels nothing is more rewarding than working with children with special needs.
    Karen Ford
    2009 Special Education
    Bus Monitor of the Year
    Passionate about children, Ms. Ford joined the school system in 2007. She provides support to children with special needs as a bus monitor in the Duluth and Peachtree Ridge clusters.

    Before being named winners, these candidates competed in an extensive selection process. First, they were nominated by peers in their transportation zone— 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 the finalists.

    Both bus managers received a one-time prize of $1,000 while the monitor received a one-time award of $500.
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    Richardson named Library Media Specialist of the Year
    March 25, 2009 was a day of surprises for Julie Richardson of Glenn C. Jones MS. Ms. Richardson was honored as the 2009 Gwinnett County Public Schools Library Media Specialist of the Year during a surprise announcement at the school.

    “Julie is a passionate, tireless advocate for literacy, which is the foundation for all school success, and never more important than in the ‘flat world’ we live in today,” says her principal, Dr. Richard Holland.

    Dr. Holland credits the high achievement of Glenn C. Jones MS students in part to Ms. Richardson’s key role working collaboratively with students and teachers.

    She is co-leader of the Literacy Council, coaches and leads the school’s Readers’ Rally team, organizes the book fairs, and invites community members to be part of the school's many activities as she promotes literacy. To learn more about Ms. Richardson's activities in the school's media center, click here.
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    Programs earn recertification
    Two Gwinnett schools have received nationally recognized recertification for their programs.

    Maxwell HS of Technology's Automobile and Collision Repair and Refinishing programs earned recertification from the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF). Both of the programs are the only ASE programs in the state certified in language arts, mathematics, and science, while the Collision Repair and Refinishing program is one of three certified in the state. "We are proud of these automobile services programs and the strong curriculums they both represent," says Donna Powers, principal of Maxwell HS of Technology. "Our enthusiastic instructors create an exciting and challenging learning environment for our students, allowing them to broaden their technological skill sets while instilling a thirst for lifelong learning in this ever-changing field."

    North Gwinnett HS' DECA School-Based Enterprise (SBE), “The Dawg House,” achieved Gold Level Certification and will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California. Dr. Jacqueline Huffman serves as the advisor.
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    Court named for long-time coach, player
    Acting on behalf of the school and community, Brookwood HS Principal Debbie Dees and the School Council requested that the basketball court in the main gym at Brookwood be named after retiring Coach Eddie Martin and be called “Martin Court” in honor of Coach Martin’s distinguished career as a high school player and coach in Gwinnett County. The Brookwood HS School Council, along with the PTSA, Tip-Off Club, and Athletic Department, submitted a proposal unanimously endorsing this recommendation. Coach Martin worked for GCPS for 29 years. The Board of Education unanimously approved the recommendation.
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    System, School, and Staff Honors
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools— ranked 14 on the list of The Top 100 Employers for the Class of 2009, published by The Black Collegian.
  • Frank Folds of Alton C. Crews MS— honored by the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) for 25 years as a music educator.
  • Congratulations to the following teacher-artists selected for the Art Institute’s “The Appreciation Show”: Eleanor Neal of Shiloh HS, Becky Raffalovich of Phoenix HS, Marie Thomas and Christopher Vigardt of Brookwood HS, and Debi West of North Gwinnett HS. Ms. Raffalovich also won 3rd place for her photography work, “Forged Circa 1800.”
  • Jaclyn Burrell of Norcross HS— earned the Outstanding Candidate in Educational Leadership Award from Mercer University.
  • Mike Emery, director of Athletics, Extracurricular Activities, and Community Schools— earned the School Bell Award from the Oglethorpe University Alumni Association.
  • Congratulations to the following educators for 2009 awards received from the Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education (GAGE): Laura Magner of Sycamore ES, Gifted Program Teacher of the Year; Debbie Wyatt of Shiloh ES, Hughes Award winner; and Dion Jones of Rockbridge ES, Outstanding Administrator of the Year.
  • Congratulations to the following educators for 2009 awards received from the Gwinnett Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): Mary G. Anderson, GCPS preschool coordinator, Administrator of the Year Award; Maureen Klesmer of Oakland Meadow School, Lifetime Achievement Award; Susan Mixon-Lockaby of R.L. Norton ES, Paraprofessional of the Year; and Penny Servies of Craig ES, CEC Teacher of the Year. Ms. Mixon-Lockaby also was named state winner.
  • Congratulations to the following educators for their selection as Gwinnett's most influential technical education teachers by their award-winning students: Lisa Lankford of Berkmar HS, Cindy Bazzell of Brookwood HS, Jennifer Tennant of Central Gwinnett HS, Barry Gillespie of Collins Hill HS, Tammi Maness of Dacula HS, Tim Hemans of Duluth HS, Bob O'Keefe of Grayson HS, Loraine Foushee of Grayson HS Technical Education Program, Cathy M. Smith of Maxwell HS of Technology, Debbie Grant of Meadowcreek HS, Meredith Mitchell of Mill Creek HS, Beverly Mayes of Norcross HS, Terry Hackett of North Gwinnett HS, Dana Davis of Parkview HS, Jim Barbee of Peachtree Ridge HS, José Helena of Shiloh HS, and Nancy Head of South Gwinnett HS.
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  • Student/Team Honors
  • Grayson HS VEX Robotics Elevation team, coached by Chaz Kachmar— won the Georgia Vex Elevation Tournament and received the Award of Excellence, the highest award for competing teams. The team will advance to the 2009 Vex Elevation World Championships in Dallas. Click here to learn more about the competition.
  • Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) Academic WorldQuest Team A, sponsored by Suzanne Hammontree— won 1st in the state competition and represented Georgia in the national championship WorldQuest competition.
  • North Ridge Alliance, including North Gwinnett HS and Peachtree Ridge HS robotics teams coached by Michael Reilly of North Gwinnett HS and Mary Rutland of Peachtree Ridge HS— won the Robotics Border War and design award. The team will advance to the 2009 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World competition.
  • Duluth MS’ Academic Bowl team, coached by Linda Koch and Sylvia Barteaux— won the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Academic Bowl for Middle Grades State Championship. The Academic Bowl team from Lanier MS, coached by Scott Johnson and Marci Lyn Cooper, received First Runner-up honors.
  • The following student groups performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Conference in Savannah: Glenn C. Jones MS Honor Band, directed by Dr. Tonya A. Millsap and Warren Stokes, along with Heath Lawless of Peachtree Ridge HS; Brookwood HS Honors Orchestra, directed by Cathie Hudnall and Dr. Gregory Pritchard; and Brookwood HS Chorus, directed by Kim Peeples and Dominique Petite.
  • Congratulations to these communities, student-athletes, and coaches for AAAAA state athletic championships this year:
    — The Collins Hill HS Wrestling Team, coached by Cliff Ramos, assisted by Jim Gassman, Justin Meyer, Josh Stephens, Jim Tiller, and Richard Schumacher— AAAAA State Champions;
    Brookwood HS Boys Swim & Dive Team, coached by Greg Puckett, assisted by Michelle Golden— AAAAA State Champions; and
    — The Gwinnett Heat, coached by Jennifer Elinburg, assisted by Carlos Freytes and Michaela Istone— Junior Varsity State Runner-Up in Basketball. The Gwinnett Heat is the system's co-ed adapted sports team.
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  • Degrees
  • Dr. Karen L. Donald of Berkmar MS— earned a doctoral degree in Leadership in Educational Administration from Capella University.
  • Karen Alligood of W. J. Cooper ES— earned a specialist’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Kate Anderson of Bethesda ES— earned a specialist’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Rachael Fogleman of Bethesda ES— earned a specialist’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Nicole Gilkes of Simonton ES— earned a specialist’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Kellie Hinesley of Fort Daniel ES— earned a specialist’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Stacey Miller of Riverside ES— earned a specialist’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Laura Ross of Trip ES— earned a specialist’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Meg Scheid of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology— earned a specialist’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Kelly Walter of Louise Radloff MS— earned a specialist’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Steven Wright of Meadowcreek HS— earned a specialist’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia.
  • Lindsey Barwick of Berkmar HS— earned a master’s degree in Education from Troy University.
  • Catherine Horton of Mill Creek HS— earned a master’s degree in Education from Troy University.
  • Suzanne Schultz of Monarch School— earned an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Shorter College.
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  • Presentations
  • Charlene Majors of Transportation— presented "Communication - So What's Your Point?" and "3Rs for School Bus Drivers and Attendants - Who is Responsible? What is Reasonable? Receiving Respect" at the Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers 18th National Conference and Exhibition held in Indianapolis.
  • Kathy Traylor of Shiloh MS— presented “Nspiring 7th Graders: Early Algebra Activities for Middle Grades” and “Middle Grades Activities for TI-Navigator” at the Texas Instruments T3 Conference in Augusta.
  • Kinsey Bagwell, Sarah Black, and Amy Clement, all of Lanier MS— presented “Props to Your Orchestra!” at the Georgia Music Educator's Association conference in Savannah, accompanied by a select group of 8th grade orchestra students.
  • The following educators presented at the Foreign Language Association of Georgia and Southern Conference on Language Teaching (FLAG/SCOLT) Conference: Holly E. Brodnax and Laura Droms of Grayson HS— "COME ON DOWN!: Games and Game Shows in the World Language Classroom;" Lindsey Campbell of Dacula HS— "Incorporate Culture Effectively;" Jaime Claymore of Mill Creek HS— "Using Latin: Latin Composition How To...;" Nicole Courtney and Anne Hawkins of Grayson HS— "Sprachlabor? Take a Trip to the Language Lab That Is Nothing Like a Tedious and Repetitive Work-out;" Dr. Steven Dupouy and Conway Clements of Meadowcreek HS— "Linking Spanish for Heritage Speakers Classes to the AP Spanish Language Course;" Melanie Hutsell of Peachtree Ridge HS— "How to Get Them and How to Keep Them;" David Jahner, director of Foreign Language— "Collaborative Professional Learning Communities;" Cindy Mollard of Peachtree Ridge HS— "Once Upon a Time Passe Compose and Imparfait Lived Happily Ever After;" and Keith Toda of Brookwood HS— "Connecting Ancient Words to the Modern Context."
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  • Publications
  • David S. Young of Brookwood ES— published the book, “Skits, Raps & Poems for the School Counselor.”
  • Lisa Lang of Curriculum and Instruction, Sharon Smith of Brookwood ES, and Amy Evers— published the article, "An ABC literacy journey: Anchoring in texts, bridging language, and creating stories," in The Reading Teacher, an international peer reviewed journal published by the International Reading Association.
  • Lisa Lang of Curriculum and Instruction— reviewed the book, "Fast Start: Getting Ready to Read," by Timothy Rasinski and Nancy Padak in Education Review. Click here to read the review.
  • Kelly Flower of Five Forks MS— published the article, "Tackling Male Underachievement: Enhancing a Strengths-Based Learning Environment in Middle School Boys," in the American School Counselor Association’s Professional School Counseling Journal.
  • Dr. Yuehong "Maria" Chen Foley of Cedar Hill ES— published the article, "The Impact of Filial Therapy on the Trauma Recovery of a Mother and Son," in Play Therapy. Click here to read the article.
  • Georgann Eaton of Sweetwater MS— featured in the article, “Keeping Up with Shifting Demographics,” in the February 2009 edition of the VIF Program newsletter. Click here to read the article.
  • Margaret Cheeley of Collins Hill HS— featured in the "Education Guide" of the January 2009 edition of Atlanta Parent magazine.
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  • Participants
  • Tiffany English of Sugar Hill ES— elected to serve as a region IV representative on the National Board of Trustees of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA).
  • Frank Folds of Alton C. Crews MS— elected to serve a two-year term in the Georgia Music Educators Association’s (GMEA) Office of Vice-President for Large Group Performance Evaluation.
  • Congratulations to the following GCPS educators who hold leadership positions in the Gwinnett Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): Jennifer Tatum of Harbins ES (president); Susan Yost of W.J. Cooper ES (vice president); Pam Kern of W.C. Britt ES (secretary); Anne Holloway, coordinator of the Moderate and Severe/Profound program (treasurer); Barbara Gauvain of W.J. Cooper ES (membership); and Lora Carter of Oakland Meadow School (scholarships).
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  • Grants/Scholarships
  • Cathy Alexander and Debra Moody of Trickum MS and Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— earned an all-expenses-paid trip to Turkey as the teachers of winning student participants in the Istanbul Center's Talented Hands Art Contest & Talented Minds Essay Contest for Middle and High School students. Click here to read the news release.
  • Erica Poole of South Gwinnett HS— received a scholarship from Centro Mundo Lengua for a two-week summer AP course, room, board, and materials in Seville, Spain.
  • Kathy Wheeler of Pinckneyville MS— received a scholarship from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy for three weeks of study in France, registration, lodging, meals, and expenses.
  • Berkmar HS received a $10,000 Best Buy Teach Award to integrate interactive technology into its classroom curriculum.
  • McKendree ES— received a $5,000 Toolbox for Education grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for Project STRIDE (Students Taking Responsibility in Diet and Exercise).
  • Gael Goin of Lilburn ES— received a $1,000 grant from the Junior League of Fulton and Gwinnett Counties to benefit "Quilt Quest," a sewing and quilting project for Lilburn’s 3rd and 4th graders in the Specific Learning Disabilities program.
  • Debbie Mandel of Louise Radloff MS— received an $800 field trip grant from Target. The grant was used to take 104 students and teachers to the Alliance Theatre to see "Class of 3000 Live."
  • Laura Flaherty of Lilburn ES— received a $600 grant from Target. The grant funds a visit for students to see a performance of "Hamlet" at The New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta.
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