Volume 13 , Number 2May 12, 2021


About this issue...
This issue recognizes winter and spring and honors received through early May.
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Gwinnett schools recognized for commitment to digital citizenship curriculum
A dozen Gwinnett County public schools have been named Common Sense Schools. The designation is by Common Sense, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families. Common Sense Schools have demonstrated a commitment to helping students think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate. The following Gwinnett schools have earned the Common Sense designation:

Arcado ES
Craig ES
Harmony ES
Knight ES
Lawrenceville ES
Parsons ES
Pharr ES
Puckett’s Mill ES
Rock Springs ES
Bay Creek MS
Osborne MS
Paul Duke STEM HS

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GCPS again earns ‘Best Communities for Music Education’ honor
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) once again has been named one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) by the National Association of Music Merchants, (NAMM). The NAMM Foundation works to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. BCME is a signature program of the NAMM Foundation that recognizes and celebrates school districts for their support and commitment to music education.

David DuBose, GCPS’ director of Fine Arts, says the award is a testament to the school district’s commitment to the arts. He explains, “Our students live in a community that truly values and actively shows its support for successful music programs in all of our schools. This school district understands the deep value that music education brings to the development of our children and that it has been, and will continue to be, an intentional and substantial investment for the betterment of all of our students.”
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District earns state recognition for communications
GCPS earned several awards for communications from the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA) during the organization’s annual awards ceremony:
Best in Category (Best in the State):
Videography/Electronic MediaTeacher of the Year: Rebecca Carlisle
Special Purpose PublicationAnti-Vaping Poster Series
Excellence in Writing“Volunteers on ‘bed build’ project provide good night’s sleep for kids”
*Best in Category winners also earned Gold Awards.

Gold Awards:
Videography/Electronic MediaMentoring Program Promo 2019
Videography/Electronic MediaCTE Student of the Year
PhotographySpark Learning with CTE
Videography/Electronic Media“Not Your Parents’ Lunch Menu” Podcast
Special Purpose PublicationCommunique Family Resources ... DLD Daily Dozen
Excellence in Writing“GCPS teachers experience real-world opportunities through job shadow activities”
Special Purpose PublicationClass of 2020 Communiqué Magazine
Excellence in Writing“L’auteur et illustrateur Rémi Courgeon vient à Trip ES”
Special Purpose PublicationGear Up for Graduation Information Flyer
Social MediaSocial Media


Silver Award:
PhotographyLittlest Reader


Bronze Awards:
PhotographySummer Reading Makes Wednesdays Fun
PhotographyHigh Five

Congratulations to staff members in Communication and Media Relations and Broadcast and Audio Visual Media for their award-winning work!
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North Gwinnett HS’ Carlisle named finalist for 2022 Georgia Teacher of the Year
 On May 6, the school district learned that its 2019-2020 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year, Rebecca Carlisle of North Gwinnett HS, is one of 10 finalists for the state Teacher of the Year honor. She learned the news in a surprise Zoom session that morning.
CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks was not surprised by Mrs. Carlisle’s selection. He said, “Mrs. Carlisle's energy in the classroom and as a school and community leader makes her stand out. Not only is she an outstanding teacher of students, she also excels at sharing her knowledge and experience with her peers. As a mentor, she models for new teachers what it means to be a quality-plus educator. In Gwinnett County Public Schools, we are proud of her accomplishments and this latest well-deserved recognition and wish her well in the next stage of the competition.”
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Northbook MS’ Thompson honored as Georgia’s 2021 Middle School Principal of the Year
Dr. Keith Thompson of Northbrook MS The Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP) visited Northbrook MS on Feb. 15 to surprise Principal Dr. Keith Thompson with the news that he was named the organization’s 2021 Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year. The “Principal of the Year” process began with a statewide search for principals who excel in educational leadership, resolving complex problems, developing self and others, and community service.
In addressing the socially distanced group that gathered in-person, as well as his staff members who were participating via Zoom, Dr. Thompson turned to the screen and announced to his staff members that this award was theirs, not his. He laughed saying that he does not like surprises and said, “You guys got me good on this one.” He went on to thank his Northbrook MS staff, his family, and other leaders for believing in him. He said, “What I do is for the kids. My mantra is that we want to be high-achieving and nurturing. You can’t get that high-achieving part without the nurturing part.”
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GSMST named best HS in Georgia, #9 in U.S., other GCPS schools rate among top schools on U.S. News & World Report list
According to U.S. News and World Report, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) is the #1 ranked school in Georgia and ranked #9 nationally.

Of the Gwinnett schools ranked, two are in the top 20 in the state (GSMST and North Gwinnett). Eight fall within the top 50 in the state (GSMST, North Gwinnett, Brookwood, Mill Creek, Peachtree Ridge, Parkview, Grayson, and Dacula). And 14 are ranked in the top 100 statewide (GSMST, North Gwinnett, Brookwood, Mill Creek, Peachtree Ridge, Parkview, Grayson, Dacula, Archer, Collins Hill, Duluth, Lanier, Mountain View, and Norcross).

The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings include data on nearly 24,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 18,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.
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Grayson HS honored as Military Flagship School
Grayson HS is a 2020-21 Military Flagship School Award winnerrecognizing its work to go above and beyond to provide a supportive environment for military students and families. Grayson HS is one of only seven schools in Georgia selected to receive the award and the only school in metro Atlanta.

This honor holds special meaning to Dr. Dana Pugh, the school’s principal. “As the son of a military parent, I appreciate how important a welcoming high school is to the military family,” Dr. Pugh said. “Military life is a lifestyle that is full of transition and sacrifice. Moving can be a stressful time for military children, particularly for a student who is in their junior or senior year.”


    Left to right: State Superintendent Richard Woods,
    Col. (Ret.) Ron Rose, Dr. Dana Pugh, and Dave Belton,
    Chairman, Special Rules, Georgia House of Representatives.
He adds, “The number-one concern shared by military families is their children’s educational environment when they relocate to a new location. The Military Flagship award confirms that the Grayson community embraces the military and provides an environment in which students can learn and strive.”

Military Flagship Schools provide specific outreach to military families and recognize and accommodate their unique needs. On May 4, Grayson received a special visit from State Superintendent Richard Woods and the school was presented with a banner acknowledging its status as a Military Flagship School.
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Gwinnett educators receive state counseling honors: State’s top counselor hails from Hull Middle School
Two GCPS counselors and an administrator earned state recognition from the Georgia School Counselor Association (GSCA), with Teshia Stovall Dula of Hull MS earning the organization’s top honor. Mrs. Dula, Gwinnett County’s 2020 Middle School Counselor of the Year, has been named Georgia Counselor of the Year for 2020. She now will represent Georgia as she competes for the American School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year title.

Ashley Watson of Norcross HS, described by the school’s counselors as “extraordinarily wonderful and their biggest champion,” was recognized as 2020 GSCA Supervisor of the Year.





Laura Spencer of Ivy Creek ES was honored as 2020 GSCA School Counselor of the Year - 1st Runner Up. With 17 years’ experience, she is a veteran school counselor who is an advocate for her students’ best interests. 

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GCPS honors district’s top counseling award winners for 2021
During National Counseling Week in February, we saluted Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) counselors for their work to develop and elevate students’ skills and abilities in the areas of academics, careers, and personal growth.

District award winners include:

2021 Gwinnett County
Elementary School Counselor of theYear



Lauren Butler
of Ivy Creek ES


2021 Gwinnett County
Middle School Counselor of the Year


Fabiana Fischer
of Dacula MS

2021 Gwinnett County
Secondary School Counselor of the Year


Dr. Boone Benton
of Brookwood HS


2021 Gwinnett County
Mary Joe Hannaford Counselor Administrator
of the Year



Denise Showell
Principal of Hull MS


Online, check out GCPS TV coverage of the special event.
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District celebrates 2021 GCPS awards for 
media specialist, media clerk and state honors for principal

The district’s Media Services department honored the following staff members for excellence.
Brookwood HS media specialist Dr. Angelyne Collins has been selected as the 2021 GCPS Library Media Specialist of the Year. The annual award honors a K-12 library media specialist whose program is exemplary in collaborative partnerships, development of research skills, incorporation of technology and the promotion of reading. “Dr. Collins has a love for learning which is demonstrated through her authentic collaboration and excellent teaching,” said William Bo Ford, Jr., principal.



—GCPS named Allison Thomson from Mill Creek HS as the 2020-21 Media Clerk of the Year. The Media Clerk of the Year award was developed to honor a media clerk, who through individual leadership and sustained effort, has made worthy contributions to the operations of effective school library programs. Ms.Thomson was nominated for this honor by
Melody Price
and Evie Garcia, media specialists at
Mill Creek HS.



Norcross HS Principal Will Bishop is the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished School Administrator Award, sponsored by the Georgia Library Media Association and the American Association of School Librarians. This award honors a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of a school library media program and advances the role of the school library media specialist in the educational program. Mr. Bishop was nominated for this award by Norcross HS media specialists Lauren Hagey and Lorraine McCullough. Mr. Bishop will represent Georgia at the national level for the Distinguished School Administrator of the Year award.
 
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GCPS high schools earn state recognition as AP Honor Schools
   In March, the Georgia Department of Education released the list of AP Honors Schools and 22 Gwinnett County public high schools made one or more of the lists. Several Gwinnett schools were recognized in more than one category. Archer HS, Collins Hill HS, Duluth HS, Grayson HS, and Mountain View HS, made the list in six of the seven categories in which they are eligible.  
AP Access and Support Schools
Schools with at least 30% of AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher (5-point scale):
Archer HS
Berkmar HS
Central Gwinnett HS
Collins Hill HS

Dacula HS
Discovery HS
Duluth HS

Grayson HS
Lanier HS
McClure Health Science HS
Meadowcreek HS

Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
Paul Duke STEM HS
Shiloh HS

South Gwinnett HS
AP Schools of Distinction
Schools with at least 20% of the total student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher:
Archer HS
Brookwood HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST)

Lanier HS
Mill Creek HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Paul Duke STEM HS
Peachtree Ridge HS
AP STEM Schools
Schools with a minimum of five students testing in at least four AP STEM courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles):
Archer HS
Berkmar HS
Brookwood HS
Central Gwinnett HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Discovery HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
GSMST
Lanier HS
Meadowcreek HS
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Paul Duke STEM HS

Peachtree Ridge HS
South Gwinnett HS
AP STEM Achievement Schools
AP STEM schools (see above definition) with at least 50% of all AP STEM exams earning scores of 3 or higher (5-point scale):
Archer HS
Brookwood HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS

Duluth HS
Grayson HS
GSMST
Lanier HS
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Paul Duke STEM HS
Peachtree Ridge HS
AP Humanities Achievement Schools
AP Humanities schools with at least 50% of all AP Humanities exams earning scores of 3 or higher:
Archer HS
Brookwood HS
Collins Hill HS
Discovery HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
GSMST
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS
AP Challenge School
Schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in English, math, science, and social studies:
McClure Health Science HS

AP Expansion School
AP schools with 25% growth in AP student participation from May 2019 to May 2020 and a minimum of 25 students testing in May 2019:
Paul Duke STEM HS
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Four GCPS teachers among 2020 Teach On Project honorees
Four Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) teachers have been awarded grants by the Teach On Project (TOP). Jamie Garcia of Arcado ESSherley Harris of Trip ESGerin Hennebaul of 
Lovin ES
, and Danielle Jenkins of Mountain View HS are the recipients of a $7,500 TOP Grant. The teachers were selected after submitting projects that demonstrated excellence in three areas:
  • Raising student achievement
  • Enhancing students’ self-esteem
  • Collaborating with multiple stakeholders for the benefit of students

     The TOP Grant awards $3,500 for the school project implementation, $1,500 for professional development, and a $2,500 personal stipend.

Honoree
School
Project

Jamie Garcia
Arcado ES
H.E.R.O.E. Héroe means hero in Spanish and the acronym H.E.R.O.E. stands for Hispanos Esforzándose por Resultados, Oportunidades, y Éxito, which translates to Hispanics Making Efforts for Results, Opportunities, and Success.

Sherley Harris
Trip ES
Trip Diversity and Multicultural Club (Trip DMC)

Gerin Hennebaul
Lovin ES
Looking at the World Through a Different Lens

Danielle Jenkins
Mountain View HS
Inclusive Robotics Program for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

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SRO Zakia Williams earns Livesaving Award in Chamber Valor Awards
Zakia Williams, a GCPS School Resource Officer (SRO), is a 2021 Valor Public Safety Award winner. Sponsored by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the honor recognizes public safety professionals who have performed heroic and extraordinary acts to protect and serve the citizens of Gwinnett.

Officer Williams earned the Lifesaving Award for her response and heroic intervention to save a baby who was not breathing in a car next to hers. Officer Williams and the SUV driver both stopped on the side of the road and that is when she says her training kicked in. “I jumped out of my vehicle and the driver of the vehicle brought me the baby and I began conducting CPR,” Officer Williams said. “After several chest compressions and blowing into the baby’s airway, she began to make a grunting noise. I then applied several more chest compressions. She took one big gasp and began crying and breathing again.” Paramedics transported the infant to a hospital where she made a full recovery.
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GCPS teachers honored as 2021 STAR Teachers
Congratulations to the following GCPS educators recently recognized as 2021 STAR Teachers:


2021 STAR Students and Teachers representing all Gwinnett high schools
SchoolSTAR StudentSTAR Teacher
Archer HSMorgan BellJoni Jameson
Berkmar HSMatthew KededaRobert Krask
Brookwood HS*Cindy Huynh*David Dimsdale
Central Gwinnett HSAnahi “Camila” Canales DominguezKari Slaten(currently serving as an assistant principal at Creekland MS)
Collins Hill HSWells BusseyJeremy Lumpkin (currently teaching at Hillgrove HS in
Cobb County)
Dacula HSCaitlyn CokerCherie McAdams
Discovery HSSaeeda Osei FrimpongDr. Jayme Hicks
Duluth HSRia IyengarVincent Hill
Grayson HSDaniel ObafemiDr. Darren Bennett
Gwinnett County Online CampusDavid GallagherHope Campbell
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and TechnologyDonghao “Jason” JiangDr. Rhonda Rackley
Lanier HSSamuel LeeJoel Sisson
Lanier HSVeronica RobersonDavid Metrio
McClure Health Science HSBailey DuarteJeimy Soto Leon
Meadowcreek HSMichael ChunDr. Marietta Malone (retired)
Mill Creek HSZachary “Zach” Bryce ShapiroGreg Marr
Mountain View HSSydney ScottDr. Nicki Collins
Norcross HSJoshua MaoDerek Mobley
North Gwinnett HSSarah ParkAndrea Boyce
Parkview HSHeyi “Alina” ZhangMiranda Rouk
Paul Duke STEM HSJasmine HsuKathleen Keller
Peachtree Ridge HSBrian JiVictoria Enloe
Shiloh HSKennedy OdibohChantal Edmondson
South Gwinnett HSRylee DunlapVanna Mayfield
*2021 Gwinnett County STAR Student and Teacher

The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation and Partnership Gwinnett partnered to highlight Gwinnett’s best and brightest students and teachers. The 2021 Gwinnett County STAR Student and Teacher winners will now move on and compete for the regional title. Regional winners will then move to the state level for the honor of being named Georgia’s 2021 STAR Student and Teacher.
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Teachers As Leaders recognizes 67 participants
The 30th Teachers As Leaders (TAL) Class of 2020-21 includes 67 Gwinnett educators as participants:
Linett Albizu-Washington of Baldwin ES
Tasia Ayers of Gwin Oaks ES
Jami Baars of Parkview HS
Angel Bass of Shiloh HS
Nicole Beal of Riverside ES
Kalena Bennett of Norcross ES
Jennifer Berry of GSMST
Katy Bettencourt of Twin Rivers MS
Marlene Botts of Harris ES
Shelley Brooks of Coleman MS
Arthurene Brown of Peachtree Ridge HS
Catherine Crockett of Starling ES
Katherine Cypranowski of Harbins ES
Michelle Daily Lanz of Rockbridge ES
Lindsay Dalton of North Gwinnett HS
Autumn Dodson of Simpson ES
Elizabeth Dolcimascolo of Lanier HS
Keona Doughty of McKendree ES
Kailyn Dunn of Duluth MS
Hollace Ervin of Alford ES
Doreen Evans of Moore MS
Ontoya Fowler of Centerville ES
Chloe Franklin of Kanoheda ES
Catherine Funaiock of Chesney ES
Cynthia S. Garay of Meadowcreek HS
Amy Gardner of Jones MS
Nelda Glaze of Minor ES
Sarah Grant-Kidd of Sweetwater MS
Carmen Haybieng of Stripling ES
Dr. LaDonna Hollis of Norton ES
Taylor Jemison of Benefield ES
Carla Jordan of South Gwinnett HS
Kakie Kaiser of Norcross HS
Diana Landrian of Duluth HS
Michele Langhans of Lanier MS
Kathy Law of Simonton ES
Crystal Love of Mill Creek HS
Cristy Mathews of Brookwood HS
Felecia McClain-Sturdivant of Annistown ES
Sherri Morales of Grace Snell MS
Rebecca Myers of Lilburn MS
Philip Peavey of Paul Duke STEM HS
Daniel Phillips of Mountain View HS
Caitrin Reeves of Cooper ES
Jessica Richter of Level Creek ES
Georold Rogers of Berkmark MS
Jeaneé Rouse of Corley ES
Delia Sandor of Hull MS
Roshani Shah of Summerour MS
Katie Shaw of Winn Holt ES
Ashton Simpson of Walnut Grove ES
Ja'Neen Small of Nesbit ES
MicheleTallman of Ivy Creek ES
Sally Taylor of McClure Health Science HS
Teosha Teasley of Jenkins ES
Topaz Thompson of GIVE Center West
Esmeralda Trevino of Rock Springs ES
Bridget Walsh of Berkmar HS
Emily Warford of Creekland MS
Hannah White of Discovery HS
Ali Wilkins of Fort Daniel ES
Cody Williams of McConnell MS
Michael R. Williams of Five Fork MS
Kristen Wisenall of Phoenix HS
Amanda Wolf of Taylor ES
Katharine Wood of Cedar Hill ES
Elanna Worthy of Graves ES

Teachers As Leaders allows teachers to learn and grow as leaders through group retreats, program days and discussing applications of skills in the classroom with fellow teachers.
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Need-to-know highlights in Spotlight:
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  • System, School, and Staff Honors

  • Degrees

  • Presentations

  • Publications, and

  • Grants/Scholarships.

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    System, School, and Staff Honors
  • Human Resources and Talent Management—recognized by the Georgia Association of School Personnel Administrators (GASPA) with a Platinum Award in the areas of Employee Handbook and Website Development.
  • School Nutrition Program—recognized for its commitment to serving locally grown foods to its students. The district will receive a 2020 Vision sign for meeting the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Education, and Georgia Department of Public Health’s 2020 Vision for School Nutrition.
  • Ronetta Coates of Safety and Security—honored for a teen driving program she implemented at McClure Health Science HS. Officer Coates will be honored at the 2021 Teens in the Driver Seat® (TDS) Virtual Summit Awards Celebration.
  • Lies Toribio of Bethesda ES—recognized for being a shining example of a home-grown GCPS educator. Ms.Toribio began working at Bethesda in 2010 as a custodian, then moved into an instructional clerk position. In 2014, Ms. Toribio returned to Bethesda as a paraprofessional, and the 2020-21 school year marks her first year as a kindergarten teacher.
  • Cynthia Nelligan of Baggett ES—named a Tyson K-12 Lunch Hero Contest winner. The award honors school nutrition professionals for their dedication and commitment to serving meals to students.
  • April Pelfrey of Central Gwinnett HS—recipient of the 2021 Aspirations in Computing Educator Award for Georgia.
  • Ebony Thornton of Grayson HS—recognized in the inaugural 2020 class of the L. Faye Marsh and Joseph Brown Memorial Teacher Recognition Program. The program honors outstanding educators, ages 40 and under, who positively impact others and have a passion for teaching beyond the classroom.
  • Dr. Judy Days-Dee of Parkview HS—awarded the Cyrus G. Wiley Distinguished Alumni Award by Savannah State University for her commitment to students.
  • Tiffany English of Sugar Hill ES—named the Athens P-20 Collaborative Georgia Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (GACTE) Mentor Award winner. She was nominated by the University of Georgia music education faculty because of her support of teacher candidates and commitment to the profession.
  • Ali Burrous of Starling ES and Jeff Ewanowski of Trickum MS—honored by Georgia’s Own Credit Union and featured on the credit union’s electronic billboard in downtown Atlanta. Ms. Burrous and Mr. Ewanowski, who are siblings, were among a select group of seven teachers selected to appear in the credit union’s 2021 Teacher Appreciation Campaign.
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  • Degrees and Certifications
  • Dr. José DeJesus of Cedar Hill ES—earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.
  • Dr. Kaneshia Dorsan of Berkmar MS—earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.
  • Dr. Mary B. Taylor of Suwanee ES—earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.
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  • Participants
  • Charles Hawk of GIVE Center West—appointed to the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Make A Difference Committee. The committee provides leadership for volunteer opportunities in areas that improve the quality of life in Southwest Gwinnett, and, in turn, supports business growth and health.
  • Franchesca Thompson of South Gwinnett HS—made a guest appearance on the Atlanta Small Business Show to discuss her organizational efforts for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Gwinnett County.
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  • Grants, Donations, and Scholarships
  • Congratulations to the following schools and staff members for receiving Walton EMC School EmPOWERment Grants worth more than $98,000:

    SchoolSubmitted byProject2021 Grant
    Annistown ESAndrea Varner and LaToya BurseFull STEAM Ahead Toward Our Innovation Lab!$5,959
    Bay Creek MSDr. Doug DoblarBringing Math and Science to Life and Together$8,840
    Brookwood HSStephen BeallElectric Vehicles$7,750
    Brookwood HSAllison Crawford and Shaynna AponteCreative Writing Program$4,480
    Cooper ESAimee LittCommunity of Readers$6,000
    Crews MSDr. Jeffery DunnThermal Energy and Electromagnetic Wave Unit$1,850
    Five Forks MSDr. Andrew WhatleyCollaborative Project-based Learning by 1:1 Chromebooks$8,200
    Grayson ESHeather AbnerPBIS Book Vending Machine$2,496
    Grayson HSJennifer DaSilvaPortable Lab Stations$2,578
    Harbins ES

     

    Keith ConnorImproving Literacy Through PBIS$4,115
    Head ESShann GriffithOne Million Words and Beyond$7,000
    Norton ESRyan MooreBuilding a 1:1 Learning Environment with Chromebooks$8,600
    Pharr ESShawn FreemanMicroscopes and More$2,179
    Rosebud ESKim EdgeSensory Room$5,200
    Shiloh ESThomas TrippanyEliminating Obstacles$6,014
    Shiloh HSCrescynthia ShraderPBIS Incentives Catalog$3,000
    Starling ESIkwo Poindexter and Chrissy McFaddenContinued Excellence in Technology Integration$5,000
    Trickum MSVeronica IngramCHiSL 365$1,000
    Trip ESJennifer HicksBooks to Promote Positive Behavior$4,590
    Trip ESVanita McGough and Debbie PatrickMaking Education SPECIAL!$3,200


  • Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation—received $50,000 from the nonprofit Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation (BI Cares) to provide underserved students with the technology they need to stay connected while learning virtually, and to provide them nourishment essential for academic success through its school-based food pantry program.
  • Congratulations to the following schools and staff members for receiving Jackson EMC grants worth nearly $25,000:

    SchoolAwarded EducatorProject
    Coleman MS$1,461Sheila HarmonyGreenhouses, Gardens and Green Thumbs
    Dacula MS$2,000Tracie BannerProgramming the Future
    Hull MS$1,377Dr. Aimée BurgamyDigital Drawing with a PEN? A Stylus/Mouse Pen that is!
    Hull MS$447Dr. Beth FeustelKoozie Maker
    Hull MS$645Susan O’NeillSensory Tools for Special Needs Learners
    Hull MS$1,856Kari SalomonGreen Communities Kid Vids
    Jones MS$2,000Maile SteimerClassrooms without Borders: Immersive Learning with Virtual Reality
    Jordan MS$1,177Lori Leigh AldermanTactile Learning Beyond Walls
    Northbrook MS$1,885Arpan BosmiaDrone Medics to the Rescue!
    Radloff MS$2,000Celia AyenesazanSustainable Communities: A Model for the Future
    Twin Rivers MS$1,980Andrew CoxRadioactive Radon
    Twin Rivers MS$739Sarah FarrLiteracy Through Social Studies
    Twin Rivers MS$1,990Anna HerdliskaMicroscopy from Miles Away
    Twin Rivers MS$2,000Jason HurdDriving By With Auto AI
    Twin Rivers MS$2,000Jessica MorseWireless Speakers for Classroom Zoom Lessons: In-Person and Online

  • Lanier HS—received over $24,000 from State Farm for commitment to STEM for the present and upcoming school year.
  • Paul Duke STEM HS—awarded McDonalds $10,000 grant to fund BigMAC electric vehicle project.
  • Maxwell HS of Technology—received donations from NAPA Auto Parts and GCPS’ Fleet Maintenance Department. NAPA donated four pallets of products including motor oil, fluids, chemicals, cleaners, fuel treatments, and several other consumables that will save the school thousands of dollars from the school’s operating budget. 
  • GCPS’ Community-Based Mentoring Program—received a donation of $7,500 from APCO Holdings to support the African-American Boys and Girls priority’s program goals and initiatives.
  • GCPS Explore Book Mobile—received a donation of 4,000 new books to fully restock the inventory of books.
  • Congratulations to the following educators for receiving $2,000 Career Advancement Scholarships from Peach State Federal Credit Union:
    Kiera Arnold of Harbins ES
    Rebecca Frick of Ferguson ES
    Jerri-Ann Jacobs of South Gwinnett HS
    Jennifer Mincy of Special Education and Psychological Services
    Harrison Moskowitz of Mountain View HS
    Julie Raker of Duluth MS
    Camille Beth Terrell of Simonton ES
    Tiara Thomas of Shiloh HS

  • Van Troung of South Gwinnett HS—received a Society for Science & the Public STEM Research Grant, which allows an awardee to choose from a selection of 13 high-quality teaching kits worth up to $1,000.
  • GCPS Community-Based Mentoring Program—received a $500 donation from Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory which was matched by the mentoring program. Two anonymous GCPS employees donated an additional $475. The funds, all received during the 2020 holiday season, were used to purchase Walmart gift cards for the families of students participating in the mentoring program.
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