2011 Principal For a Day: GCPS schools host community leaders for American Education Week









2011 Principal For a Day: GCPS schools host community leaders for American Education Week

American Education Week brought 130 members of Gwinnett’s business community into local schools to serve as “Principal for a Day.” Here is a list of participants and a few photos from the annual event, co-sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and GCPS.


Alcova ES— Steve Cannon of Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
Alford ES—
Will Hammock of Gwinnett Daily Post
Anderson-Livsey ES—
Ryan Hawk of Gwinnett Federal Credit Union
Annistown ES—
Chris Earnest of E2E Benefits Services
Arcado ES—
Amy Hutchins of Georgia Power
Archer HS— Rodney Allen of AT&T
Bay Creek MS— Sam Donley of Fifth Third Bank
Beaver Ridge ES— Kathy Jackson of Hewlett-Packard Co.
Benefield ES—
Greg Brackin of Veolia Transportation
Berkeley Lake ES— Mayor Lois Salter of the City of Berkeley Lake
Berkmar HS—
David Post of Future Security
Berkmar MS—
Karl Woodard of Discover Mills
Bethesda ES— Molly McAuliffe of Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
Science, and Technology
Britt ES—
Samantha Dunn of the Gwinnett Braves
Brookwood ES—
Nikki Foy of Delta Community Credit Union
Brookwood HS—
Bernard Ethridge of Edward Jones
Buice School— Regina Vella of Gwinnett Technical College


Kathy Johnson of Hewlett-Packard Co.
visits a Beaver Ridge Elementary classroom.
Burnette ES— Councilman Dick Goodman of the City of Suwanee
Camp Creek ES—
Ron Taylor of Sage
Cedar Hill ES—
Greg Cantrell of Living Stone Properties
Centerville ES—
John Winters of Cornerstone Financial Partners, LLC
Central Gwinnett HS—
P.K. Martin of Hood Insurance Agency, Inc.
Chattahoochee ES—
Cliff Bray of Westbrook McGrath Bridges Orth & Bray CPA
Chesney ES—
David McNeill of 4th Strand, LLC
Collins Hill HS—
Paula Hastings of Accent Gwinnett
Cooper ES—
Brian Carmony of Andersen Tate & Carr
Corley ES—
John Reidy of O’Brien & Gere Engineers
Couch MS—
Tom Jackson of Eastside Medical Center
Craig ES—
Perry Roberts of Georgia Gwinnett College
Creekland MS—
Joy Bolt of Georgia Gwinnett College


Dan Kniffen of Drew, Ecki& Farnham
enjoys a holiday feast with
Freeman's Mill Elementary students.
Crews MS— Todd Cline of Gwinnett Daily Post
Dacula ES—
Stacy Pruitt of Dave & Busters
Dacula HS—
Lori Buckheister of Georgia Gwinnett College
Dacula MS—
Annie Copeland of Eastside Medical Center
Duluth HS—
Greg Whitlock of E2E Risk Management, Inc.
Duluth MS—
Ron Osterloh of Pond & Company
Duncan Creek ES—
Debbie Kalec of RBC
Dyer ES—
Travis Giles of McMahan’s Sartorial
Ferguson ES—
Anne Soutter of Primerica
Five Forks MS—
Michael Sullivan of Andersen Tate & Carr
Fort Daniel ES—
Roxanne Armes of Stars & Strikes
Freeman’s Mill ES—
Dan Kniffen of Drew, Ecki & Farnham, LLP

GIVE Center East— Norwood Davis of 12Stone Church
GIVE Center West—
Mayor Bucky Johnson of the City of Norcross
Grace Snell MS—
Pam Prengaman of Allstate - Prengaman Agency
Grayson ES—
Bill Short of Fibertech, Inc.
Grayson HS—
David McCulloch of Gwinnett Technical College
Gwinnett Online Campus—
Greg Talsky of Cisco Systems, Inc.
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology—
Dan King of King & Spalding
Gwin Oaks ES—
Glen Williams of JMW Solutions
Harbins ES—
Commissioner Shirley Lasseter of Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
Harmony ES—
Kelly Sloan of Georgia United Credit Union
Harris ES—
Susan Boland Butts of Hi-Hope Service Center
Head ES—
Dennis Daniel of Merial
Hopkins ES—
Laurie Ann Kimbrell of American Red Cross
Hull MS—
Kenneth Poe of Gwinnett County Government - Human Resources
Ivy Creek ES—
Connie Certusi of Sage
Ivy Preparatory Academy— Michael Levengood of McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP
Jackson ES—
Laura Grams of Cisco Systems, Inc.
Jenkins ES—
Andy McClung of Andy McClung RIA
Jones MS—
Todd Evans of Jackson EMC
Kanoheda ES— Diane Fredrikson of Logical Choice Technologies
Knight ES—
Tim Hur of International Business Accelerator
Lanier HS—
Councilman Mike Sullivan of the City of Sugar Hill
Lanier MS—
Mayor Pro Tem Marc Cohen of the City of Sugar Hill
Lawrenceville ES—
Tom Shepherd of Gwinnett Hospital System
Level Creek ES—
Kelley Martin of Delta Community Credit Union
Lilburn ES—
Andrew Bell of BB&T
Lilburn MS—
Gregory Evans of NationalCyberSecurity.com
Lovin ES— Mikhail Britt of Shumate Mechanical
Magill ES—
Mary Hester of LAN Systems
Mason ES— Louise Scott of Georgia Power Company

Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson spent
the day at GIVE Center West.
Maxwell HS of Technology— Jay Dennard of Gwinnett Hospital System
McConnell MS—
Commissioner Mike Beaudreau of Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
McKendree ES—
Ruth Bettandorff of University of Georgia Gwinnett
Meadowcreek ES—
Cindy Price of AT&T
Meadowcreek HS—
Mark Tibbetts of M.C. Dean, Inc.
Mill Creek HS—
Beatty McCaleb of ReMax Center/David Freeman Team
Minor ES—
Latabia Woodward of Southern Company
Monarch School—
Joy Mitchell of Office Creations
Moore MS—
Inman Houston of Lawrenceville First Baptist Church
Mountain Park ES—
Jeannie Gustafson of AT&T
Mountain View HS—
Steve Moyers of Gwinnett Technical College





Tim Hur of International Business Accelerator
works bus duty at the end of the school day.

Mulberry ES— Adrian Holman of BB&T
Nesbit ES—
Randy Meacham of Gwinnett Municipal Association
New Life Academy of Excellence—
Judy Waters of Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia
Norcross ES—
Addam Taussig of SunTrust Bank
Norcross HS—
Dr. Manfred Sandler of Cardiovascular Group, P.C.
North Gwinnett HS— Bin Liu of CFS Corporation
North Gwinnett MS—
Denise Brinson of City of Suwanee – Economic and Community Development
Norton ES—
Greg LaHatte of Gwinnett County Public Schools – Broadcast and Distance Learning
Oakland Meadow School—
Dionitia Cornell of Anderson Corporate Solutions

Osborne MS— State Rep. Donna Sheldon of Georgia General Assembly (District 105 - Dacula)
Parkview HS—
Stephen Pereira of Thompson, Sweeny, Kinsinger & Pereira, P.C.
Parsons ES—
Stephanie Hills of Cisco Systems, Inc.
Partee ES— Tax Commissioner Richard Steele of Gwinnett County Government
Patrick ES—
Kristen Griffin of Merial
Peachtree ES—
Ed Davis of Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Peachtree Ridge HS—
Matt Hyatt of Rocket IT
Pharr ES—
County Administrator Glenn Stephens of Gwinnett County Government
Phoenix HS—
Mark Willis of Georgia School Boards Association
Pinckneyville MS—
Ruth Strickland of CEO Business Centers
Puckett’s Mill ES—
Kevin Carmichael of Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Radloff MS—
Jeanne Johnson-Whatley of DeVry University
Richards MS—
Jon Richards of Site ROI
Riverside ES—
Melissa Burton of Annandale Village and Kyle Bowen of Development Planning & Engineering, Inc.
Roberts ES— Beth Hilscher of Beth S. Hilscher, P.C.
Rock Springs ES— Lisa Winton of Winton Machine Company
Rockbridge ES—
Cindy Murphy of Gwinnett Medical Center
Rosebud ES—
Kendra Washington-Bass of Gwinnett County Public Schools – Leadership Development
Shiloh ES—
Jaye Peabody of Covenant Counseling & Family Resource Center
Shiloh HS—
Victoria Seals of Gwinnett Technical College
Shiloh MS—
Suzanne Molock of Gwinnett Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Simonton ES—
Paul Daniels of Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Simpson ES— Len Moser of Barton Malow Company
Snellville MS—
Seretha Crayton of BB&T
South Gwinnett HS— Lanier Levett of Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home
Starling ES—
Carla Carraway of Precision Planning Inc.
Stripling ES—
Tim Le of Atlanta Maxim Realty International
Sugar Hill ES—
Kevin O'Brien of Ameriprise Financial
Summerour MS—
Lorri Christopher of Gwinnett Technical College
Sweetwater MS—
Asif Jessani of Complete Computer Solutions
Sycamore ES—
Ken Rutherford of Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Taylor ES—
Tim Krajec of Community & Southern Bank
Trickum MS—
Chris Braun of Keyworth Bank
Trip ES— Ann Sechrist of Gwinnett Technical College
Twin Rivers MS—
Scott Duncan of Andersen, Tate & Carr


Latabia Woodward of Southern Company has a
one-on-one with a Minor ES staff member.
Walnut Grove ES— Lisa Newbern of Yerkes National Primate Research Center - Emory University
White Oak ES—
Jeff Wilkerson of LeCraw Engineering
Winn Holt ES—
Dr. Lloyd Hofer of Atlanta East Metro Health District
Woodward Mill ES—
Todd Marksberry of Delta Community Credit Union

Remarks from members of the business community
who participated as a Principal for a Day and principals who hosted a Principal for a Day
  • “Being a principal involves ALL aspects of managing, leading, motivating, loving, and energy for the school, with a focus and responsibility for results. . . WOW!”
  • One participant valued her experience, saying the visit was “a chance for me to realize that when we say that all kids matter in Gwinnett schools, we mean it. [I have] never seen a more loving environment.”
  • Another said, “It was great to see the teachers working hard to push and stretch the students to think critically, problem-solve, and ask questions.”
  • “I was very impressed, during the walk around time, with how involved the principal is with the entire staff and children.”
  • “Thoroughly enjoyed! [The principal] was tremendous and is a positive leader and role model."
  • One elementary principal noted that her Principal for a Day, a Central Gwinnett HS grad and Lawrenceville business owner, returned a few days after the visit to drop off information to help the Foundation. “He feels connected-reconnected to the Central Gwinnett Cluster.”
  • Another principal and her visitor talked about the value of mentoring for the school’s minority students, and hope to launch a mentoring program together.
  • “It was very worthwhile for him to see the ‘inner workings’ of an elementary school. He is a parent in the community and was very appreciative of all the hard work of our teachers, custodians, office staff, etc.”
  • “I believe our [Principal for a Day] received insight into all aspects of a typical day in the life of an educator…from tutoring before school to lunch duty to the final bus ride home! (Yes, we actually rode the bus home with some of the students!)”
  • A middle school principal said his visiting principal enjoyed the “variety of different instructional settings, multiple grade levels, content areas, and teaching/learning levels. I believe he was impressed with the variety of strategies employed by teachers—including technology integration—to support student learning.”