GCPS among 14 first-ever recipients of U.S. DOE’s District Sustainability Award
In the inaugural year of the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) recognition of environmentally responsible school districts, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) made the list. GCPS was among the 14 school districts presented nationwide with the U.S. DOE’s first-ever District Sustainability Award. All were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.

“[The honorees] are demonstrating ways schools can simultaneously cut costs; improve health, performance and equity; and provide an education geared toward the jobs of the future,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “In fact, the selected districts are saving millions of dollars as a result of their greening efforts.”

With more than 23-million square feet of ENERGY STAR-certified areas, Gwinnett leads the nation for K–12 certified building space. The school district’s 125 ENERGY STAR-certified buildings use 35% less energy, generate 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and cost up to 40 cents less per square foot to operate than similar buildings across the nation.

GCPS’ green initiatives include participation in recycling and clean air programs, the use of clean diesel for school buses, strong environmental education programs, locally produced food offerings, and high achievement in science on state and national assessment.
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System counted among ‘Best Communities in U.S. for Music Education’ in 2013
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation selected GCPS as one of the “2013 Best Communities for Music Education.”

“[This award] says that GCPS has a Superintendent, Board of Education, and community who recognize, value, and support music education as an important and integral part of the school district’s curriculum,” says Robert Andrews, the school district’s director of Fine Arts. “Receiving this recognition every year indicates that the music teachers and directors at all levels in the district— general music, band, chorus, orchestra, guitar, piano, jazz, music history, theory, and music technology— are challenging the students to perform at high levels, are maintaining high musical standards, and are continuing to offer GCPS students a world-class music education.”

More than 113,000 GCPS students receive music instruction in the district. Gwinnett continues to have a large number of participants in the All-State bands, choruses, and orchestras, in the Governor’s Honors Program, and in the district and state honor bands, choruses, and orchestras. Students and performing groups also are invited to perform at state and national conferences and at events around the country and even in Europe.

The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music-making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs from the international music products industry.
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Three Gwinnett schools earn RAMP designation
The counseling programs at Collins Hill HS, Level Creek ES, and Puckett’s Mill ES earned the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association. This award recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven counseling program and an exemplary educational environment.

A total of 18 schools have earned RAMP designation since 2008. Of those, three have re-RAMPed, including Collins Hill. Every three years, schools must recertify (or reRAMP) to retain RAMP designation.
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Chattahoochee ES among Georgia schools to participate in cultural exchange with South Korea
The Georgia Department of Education recently signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea that includes a cultural exchange for teachers from both countries.
The program, organized and administered by the International Teacher Training Institute Global (ITTI), includes a chance for groups of South Korean teachers to spend time in Georgia public and private schools and for Georgia teachers to travel to South Korean schools. Chattahoochee ES is one of seven Georgia schools selected to participate in the program.
The first group of 26 teachers from South Korea will spend time in local schools in Fulton and Gwinnett counties for 10 weeks and will participate in special lectures at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Georgia teachers are expected to begin trips to South Korean public schools beginning this fall.
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20 GCPS high schools named ‘AP Honor Schools’ by GaDOE
All of Gwinnett’s traditional high schools and a system charter school have been named a 2013 AP (Advanced Placement) Honor School” by State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge. Out of the 424 Georgia schools that earned the honor, 20 of them serve Gwinnett high school students.

The Gwinnett schools recognized this year are:
AP STEM Schools
Schools with students testing in at least two AP Mathematics courses and two AP Science courses. These courses are AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, and AP Computer Science.
Archer HS
Berkmar HS
Brookwood HS
Central Gwinnett HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
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
Schools with students testing in at least two AP Mathematics courses and two AP science courses and at least 40% of the exam scores on AP Mathematics and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Archer HS
Berkmar HS
Brookwood HS
Central Gwinnett HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS

AP Access and Support Schools
Schools with 30% of AP test-takers that identify themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and at least 30% of all AP exams scoring 3 or higher.
Archer HS
Berkmar HS
Central Gwinnett HS
Dacula HS
Gwinnett Online Campus
Norcross HS
Shiloh HS

AP Challenge School
Schools with an enrollment of 900 or fewer students with students testing in the four core areas of English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

AP Merit Schools
Schools with 20% of the student population taking AP exams
and at least 50% of the AP exams scoring a 3 or higher.
Berkmar HS
Brookwood HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS

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Rivers selected for Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy
Tracey Rivers of Winn Holt ES has been selected for the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a one-week, all-expenses-paid intensive professional development program for teachers in grades 3-5. The program provides teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math.

“I was thrilled when I found out that I was selected to be part of the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy,” says Ms. Rivers. “What excites me the most is not only the opportunity to collaborate with science teachers from all over the United States, but also the chance to learn best practices from the teaching staff, many of whom are from the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association). The impact that my attendance will have on my work in the classroom at Winn Holt ES is that I can enhance my instruction by learning new inquiry, STEM-based, problem-solving approaches to teaching science in order to challenge my students, the future scientists of America.”
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Four GCPS educators selected for 2013 LearnZillion
Dream Team for Common Core expertise

Four Gwinnett teachers have been selected to the 2013 LearnZillion Dream Team:
Melissa Huneycutt and Robin Valentine, both of Brookwood HS;
Christine Kirkwood of Hopkins ES
Erica Leach of Walnut Grove ES

From more than 3,000 applications, 200 educators were chosen to the highly selective Dream Team. These teachers were chosen based on their understanding of the Common Core State Standards and their ability to create high-quality, highly conceptual lessons that are easily understood by students.

With four participants, Gwinnett has the largest number of Dream Team members of any school district. Each educator will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to San Francisco, through the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to participate in TeachFest. The event helps teachers to better understand the Common Core State Standards and the best ways to teach them.
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Parkview’s Patrick earns regional honor, advances to national level
Dr. Robert Patrick of Parkview HS, named the regional Teacher of the Year by the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), is one of five candidates for American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Language Teacher of the Year. Dr. Patrick is the first-ever Latin teacher to be named among the qualifying regional candidates to compete for the national award.

Dr. Patrick received his Ph.D. in Latin and Roman Studies from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was selected as Parkview HS' teacher of the year in 2009, the Georgia Latin Teacher of the Year in 2011, and as Georgia's World Language Teacher of the Year in 2012.

In a letter of recommendation, one parent writes that Dr. Patrick invests the curriculum and his classroom instruction with the needed rigor, extending lessons for more academically advanced students but also drawing in students for whom language study might be more difficult. He works with students to ensure that they will be successful in his classroom, give the second chances that they need to show mastery.

A true 21st century world language teacher, Dr. Patrick has almost tripled enrollment in Latin at Parkview HS by embracing the ACTFL standards and by speaking to students in Latin and encouraging them to do so as well, breathing new life into the language.
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Lindahl inducted into Ga. Thespians Hall of Fame
The Board of Education saluted Patty Lindahl of Brookwood HS on her induction into the Georgia Thespians Hall of Fame. Mrs. Lindahl has dedicated 30 years to theatre education.

“When I was first selected I was truly surprised,” says Mrs. Lindahl. “I never expected to be named among such a prestigious group of teachers. Theatre education is a fulfillment of the merging of teaching history, literature, performance, music, leadership, community and a host of other areas not attainable in any other curriculum.”

Having recently announced her retirement, Mrs. Lindahl says the highlight of her GCPS career was “being selected for the International Thespian Main stage productions three times.”

She adds, “The main advice I would offer to beginning theatre teachers is love your students unconditionally and reward their accomplishments with positive feedback daily. There are ways to accomplish your objectives through stressing the good work they do even if you really have to delve to discover it.”
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Brookwood HS and Parkview HS teachers and students share 2013 STAR honors
This year, educators at Brookwood HS and Parkview HS shared the Gwinnett County 2013 STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) spotlight: Dana Kling of Brookwood HS was honored by student Eric Yao, and Julian Menzel selected Caroline Miklosovic of Parkview HS.

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

Congratulations to the following GCPS educators honored as 2013 STAR Teachers:

2013 Local School STAR Teachers in GCPS
Rand Stewart of Archer HS
Wayne Dail of Radloff MS
(selected by Meadowcreek HS STAR student)
Kevin Lewis of Berkmar HS
Janna Penn of Mill Creek HS
Dana Kling of Brookwood HS
(County STAR Teacher winner)*
Dr. Dianne Akin of Mountain View HS
Keith Haber of Central Gwinnett HS
Dwayne Alvis of Norcross HS
Laura Herbig of Collins Hill HS
Kent Ames of North Gwinnett HS
Lesley Buchanan of Dacula HS
Caroline Miklosovic of Parkview HS
(County STAR Teacher winner)*
Dr. Chris Decastro of Duluth HS
Matt Davis of Peachtree Ridge HS
Greg Field of Grayson HS
Dr. Mark Stern of Phoenix HS
Tonya Pohlel of Grayson HS
(selected by Gwinnett Online Campus STAR student)
Sandra C. Dennis of Shiloh HS
Patricia L. Caldwell of Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
Science, and Technology
Heath Gibson of South Gwinnett HS
Roger Prill of Lanier HS
*Note: Two teachers were named when two students tied for the county honor.
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GCPS thanks transportation employees for dedication to student safety
The men and women who make sure Gwinnett County students are transported safely to and from school every day were recently recognized by the school district. At a recognition event held earlier this spring, Gwinnett County Public Schools announced its school bus managers and monitor of the year.

GCPS’ transportation professionals honored for 2013 include:

Trish Wall

2013 Regular Education Bus Manager of the Year

Having joined the school district seven years ago, Ms. Wall serves students in the Collins Hill Cluster.

Jerry Howard

2013 Special Education Bus Manager of the Year

Jerry Howard transports children in the Archer, Brookwood, and Grayson clusters. He joined the district 10 years ago.

Laura Connell

2013 Special Education Bus Monitor of the Year

Ms. Connell is a monitor for Taylor ES and Central Gwinnett HS students, a job she has held since joining the school district five years ago.

Before being named winners, these candidates participated in an extensive selection process. First, they were nominated by peers in their transportation zone. 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.
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GCPS tops fundraising goals for United Way
Pictured left to right: United Way President Milton Little, Dr. Charisse Redditt and Dr. Wendy Metcalf, co-chairs for GCPS’ 2012 campaign, and Gas South CEO Kevin Greiner, 2012 Campaign Chair Greater Atlanta
In the midst of a rebuilding economy and a challenging budgetary environment, Gwinnett County Public Schools continues to exceed expectations with its United Way support efforts.

The 2012 United Way fundraising campaign for Gwinnett County Public Schools raised more than $467,000. The fundraising total, which includes employee and student campaign contributions, was an increase of $23,595 over last year’s collections. GCPS students collected more than $84,000 for the campaign. The campaign dollars will support service agencies and community programs.

The United Way of Greater Atlanta presented GCPS with the Live United Award, which recognizes corporate and community campaigns that exceed their predetermined campaign goals. GCPS was the only school district in the metro-Atlanta area to receive this honor.

“We would like to thank all GCPS employees for making contributions to United Way,” says Dr. Frances Davis, Chief Human Resources Officer and GCPS’ United Way chair. “We also would like to recognize all campaign managers for their time, energy, and dedication to making ‘Live United’ a reality for the greater Gwinnett community.”

In a new tradition for the school system, award trophies were presented to recognize the largest fundraising campaigns at the ES, MS, and HS levels, and the largest central office division. The trophies will rotate each year to the winning school or division. The award winners for the 2012 campaign include:
Largest School and Division Campaigns
ES level
Lilburn ES
MS level
Lanier MS
HS level
Norcross HS
Central Office Division
Teaching and Learning

Congratulations to Gael Goin, Lilburn ES' campaign manager for winning this year’s incentive drawing for a pair of Delta Airlines vouchers. Additionally, Frances White of Dacula MS and Sheryl Bean of Hull MS won a Target gift card.
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Gwin Oaks’ Amolo honored as system’s top media specialist
Sharon Amolo of Gwin Oaks ES, a Gwinnett County educator known for her passion for reading, was named the 2013 Gwinnett County Public Schools Library Media Specialist of the Year. As a reading enthusiast, Ms. Amolo has developed a number of programs to support Gwin Oaks students in their quest for success.

“I love my job and work hard to make sure that the Media Center increases student learning every day by implementing a variety of programs that increase reading and improve 21st century learning skills.The most important aspect of my job is to instill a lifelong love of reading and thereby increasing student learning,” she says.
Ms. Amolo works with Gwin Oaks students
as they use mobile devices in the media center.
One of those initiatives is the schoolwide reading program that she began nearly 10 years ago. Each year, she designates a different theme, requiring participating students to read 20 minutes a day at home on the theme’s subject. During the program’s existence, student participation has increased from 65% to 95%. Ms. Amolo also incorporates Skype visits with authors into students' Media Center involvement.

She adds, “Based on the positive feedback I have received from teachers, students, and parents, I will continue to do the Skype visits and our schoolwide reading program. Finally, I will continue to work with teachers to implement the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards. This year we focused on research and creating mini technology projects. Next year I want to expand that support by introducing even more resources (books and online) for teachers and expanding the technology used by students to demonstrate their learning.”
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    System, School, and Staff Honors
  • Maxwell HS of Technology named a certified training center for the National Center of Construction Education and Research (NCCER). This spring, 17 GCPS students successfully completed the NCCER Level 1 Welder requirements. 
  • Dr. Charlotte Sadler of Parsons ES— earned the Administrative Support of Foreign Languages Award from the Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG).
  • Congratulations to the following educators honored at the 2013 Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) In-Service Conference:
    Amy Clement of North Gwinnett MS— recognized with the GMEA Volunteer of the Year Award; and
    Dr. Peter Lemonds of Duluth HS— honored as Georgia-American String Teachers Association Educator of the Year.
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools— recognized by Georgia State University’s College of Education as the 2013 Educational Leadership Partner of the Year.
  • Jewelle Harmon of Research and Evaluation— recognized by Georgia State University’s College of Education as the 2013 Educational Research Assistant of the Year.
  • Dr. Janet Blouin of Brookwood HS— recognized as FBLA Region 11 Advisor of the Year.
  • Samantha Sinclair of Archer HS— honored as FBLA New Advisor of the Year.
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— earned the Arts Educator of the Year Award, presented by ArtWorks! Gwinnett.
  • Chase Garner of Britt ES— nominated for the Arts Educator of the Year Award, presented by ArtWorks! Gwinnett.
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  • Student/Team Honors
  • Brookwood HS and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Robotics teams— two Brookwood HS teams and one team from Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology won tournament championships, while the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology team earned the Judges Award. The Brookwood HS team is coached by Josh Farrell and Theresa Friedman, and the team from Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology is coached by Dr. Chuck Lockert, Jason Boyette, and Kevin Brown. The teams competed nationally.
  • Brookwood HS and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Science Olympiad teams— earned 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the State Science Olympiad. The Brookwood HS team is coached by Joe Cox, Dr. Jorge Diaz, and Dan Miller, and the team from Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology is coached by Patricia L. Caldwell, Ana Vasileva, Dr. Lindsey Stamm, and Hyunjin Son. The teams advance to nationals.
  • Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Academic Warriors team, coached by Lindsay Allen— won the 3A Division at the Varsity Scholars Bowl State Tournament.
  • South Gwinnett HS Robotics team, coached by Doris Bonaby— won the 2012-13 State Championship Motivate award, and Ms. Bonaby was honored with the 2012-13 State Championship Compass Award.
  • North Gwinnett MS Orchestra, directed by Sarah Black, Amy Clement, and Bo Na— invited to play at the 67th International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Ill. An invitation to perform at this event is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a middle or high school instrumental group.
  • Duluth HS Orchestra, directed by Dr. Peter Lemonds and Shawn Morton— was named the best music group to perform in the competition at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, NY.
  • Mill Creek HS Dance Team, coached by Suzanne Kross— earned 1st place in both team and individual events for the State Dance Team Competition, and took overall honors at Kennesaw State Invitational.
  • Kudos are in order for the following educators and schools recognized as earning the top spots in the 33rd Annual Georgia Stock Market Game:
    Mark Leviton of Parkview HS— Top portfolio value in the Teacher's Division for Fall 2012 (portfolio value, $148,803);
    Parkview HS team, coached by Jessica Wood— Statewide winners for Fall 2012 (portfolio value, $183,650);
    McKendree ES team, coached by John Schaefer— Elementary-level winners for Spring 2013 (portfolio value, $154,312); and
    Parkview HS team, coached by Mark Leviton— Statewide winners for Spring 2013 (portfolio value, $202,782).
  • Congratulations to the following ensembles selected to perform at the 2013 Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference:
    Duncan Creek ES Cardinal Choir, conducted by John M. Cypert and Jane A. Roth;
    North Gwinnett MS Symphonic Band, conducted by Mary F. Wilson and Hunter McRae; and
    North Gwinnett MS Guitar Ensemble, conducted by Caryn Volk.
  • Congratulations to these communities, student-athletes, and coaches for AAAAAA state athletic championships:
    Archer HS Wrestling team,Traditional and Dual Wrestling— coached by Tom Beuglas, head coach, and Kyle McKee and Keith Jannett, assistant coaches;
    Mill Creek HS Boys Track team— coached by Rik Moore;
    Norcross HS Boys Basketball team— coached by Jesse McMillan, head coach, and Travis Chapman, Cory Cason, Reggie Anderson II, and Mike Artis, assistant coaches;
    Norcross HS Girls Basketball team— coached by Angie Hembree, head coach, and Jay Nebel, Tamara Brooks, Joe Padgett, and DeAndrea Bullock, assistant coaches; and
    Parkview HS Boys Swim and Dive Team— coached by Jack Gayle and Eric M. Brown.
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  • Degrees
  • Dr. Heather A. Holbrook of Berkmar HS— earned a doctoral degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
  • Dr. Matthew Lovelace of Research and Evaluation— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia.
  • Dr. Howard L. McCalla of Parkview HS— earned a doctoral degree in Sports Management and Leadership from Northcentral University.
  • Dr. Vanita Moon of Snellville MS— earned a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University.
  • Dr. Sergio Parra of Osborne MS— earned a doctoral degree in Computer Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Holly McKinnon of North Gwinnett MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Georgia.
  • Carla Tyler of Partee ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Teacher Leadership from Piedmont College.
  • Elizabeth F. Ford of Meadowcreek HS— earned a master’s degree in Special Education from Walden University.
  • Mark Lynch of Trickum MS— earned a master’s degree in Middle Grades Education from Piedmont College.
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  • Presentations
    The following GCPS educators were presenters at the national convention of the National Art Education Association (NAEA):
  • Amber Arnold of Level Creek ES— “Growing a Creative Classroom.”
  • Dr. Aimée Burgamy of Trickum MS, co-presenter— “Middle Level Medley I & II: Inspiring Ideas shared by the Middle Level Leadership Team;” and “Middle Level Round Tables: Discussions about Middle Level Concerns.”
  • Dr. Jackie Ellett of Duncan Creek ES— “Contemporary Art in the Elementary Classroom... Oh My!” and “Connecting to our Past: Cultural Influences of North Georgia Pottery.”
  • Lauren Christine Phillips of Nesbit ES, co-presenter— “Layers of Learning: K-5 Fabric Art Lessons.”
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS, co-presenter— “NAHS Sponsor of the Year - Best Practices;” “Creative Compelling Curricula: C3 Lessons for Intro to AP Creators;” “Southeastern Leadership Meeting;” and “Art is the Answer: What are the Questions?”

    The following GCPS leaders served as co-presenters at the Consortium for School Networking Conference:
  • Dr. Gale Hey, Associate Superintendent, Tricia Kennedy, Executive Director, eCLASS Transformation, Jason Lane, Principal of Mill Creek HS, Dr. Donna Bishop, Principal of Cooper ES, and Dr. Eli Welch, Principal of Shiloh MS— “Vision to Reality: Preparing for a Digital Initiative.”

    The following GCPS educators were presenters at the annual conference of the Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG):
  • Christy Belbey and Traci Snipes of Dacula HS— “Cultural Integration - Music in the Classroom.”
  • Dr. Jaime Claymore of Mountain View HS— “A New Strategy? Interactive Note-Taking.”
  • Laura Droms of Mountain View HS and Holly Brodnax of Grayson HS— “Get Centered!”
  • Lara Foremen of Grayson HS— “Interactive Story Telling using 21st Century Skills.”
  • Robert P. Guarnella, Jr. of Brookwood HS— “Program Growth and Foreign Travel.”
  • David Jahner, former Foreign Language Director— “Survival Strategies for New Teachers.”
  • Aaron Mullins of Parkview HS— “Seven Activities for the Talkative Class.”
  • Dr. Robert Patrick of Parkview HS— “Creating a Comprehensible Input Classroom.”
  • Miriam Patrick-Prince of Duluth HS— “Creating a Differentiated Classroom Without the Headache.”
  • Joe Frank Uriz of Parsons ES, co-presenter— “Hip Hop, Have Fun and Learn.”
  • Joe Frank Uriz of Parsons ES, co-presenter— “One, Two, Three Read.”
  • Sara Wellman of Peachtree ES— “Kines-Rhythmic.”

    The following GCPS educators were presenters at the 2013 Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference:
  • Erik Mason of Mill Creek HS and Kathy Mason of Radloff MS— “Know Yourself - Know Your Students: Re-energize Yourself - Re-energize Your Students.”
  • Dr. Bernadette Scruggs of Peachtree Ridge HS— “Re-energize Your Large Group Performance Evaluation Experience.”
  • Caryn Volk of North Gwinnett MS— “Methods and Curriculum for Guitar Ensemble.”
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  • Publications
  • Lauren Christine Phillips of Nesbit ES— co-authored a chapter, “Teaching What We Value: Care as an Outcome of Aesthetic Education,” in the book Aesthetics, Empathy and Education. Visit the publisher's website to learn more.
  • Melissa M. Smith of Starling ES— featured in Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice, a book on effective teaching.
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  • Participants
    Keri Duncan, pictured fourth from left, meets with other
    Sony Education ambassadors
  • Jim Appleton of Research and Evaluation— asked to serve on the Scientific Committee and present at the First International Congress of Student Engagement in School: Perspectives from Psychology and Education.
  • Keri Duncan of Lilburn ES— selected as one of 11 educators in the nation to be a Sony Education ambassador. Ms. Duncan received a Sony Xperia S Tablet and a Bloggie camera to use at her school to produce lesson ideas for the website: www.educationambassador.com.
  • Helen Wellborn of Beaver Ridge ES— invited to be a summer fellow of the Red Clay Summer Institute for writing instruction.
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  • Grants/Scholarships
  • Knight ES received a grant for $30,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA Region 4) and the Greening Youth Foundation for the school's outdoor classroom.
  • Norton ES received a grant for $950 from the South Gwinnett Cluster Foundation for technology initiatives at the school.
  • Sweetwater MS received a Donors Choose grant which includes more than $500 worth of solar sprint materials.
  • Katie Ford of Hopkins ES and Colette Armstrong Grodzicki of North Gwinnett HS— each received a $1,500 scholarship from the Gwinnett County Retired Educators Association.
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