Volume 10 , Number 3May 8, 2018


This issue recognizes winter and spring honors.

GCPS named one of America’s Best Employers 2018
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS), Georgia’s largest school district is one of a handful of K-12 school districts to make the Forbes “Best Employer” list. With more than 23,000 employees, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is the largest employer in Gwinnett County and is one of the largest employers in Georgia.

Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to identify the companies liked best by employees with their annual ranking of America’s best employers. The ranking is divided into two lists: one for the top large companies (5,000 and more U.S. employees), and another for the top midsize companies (1,000 to 5,000 employees). For the first time, GCPS made the Forbes’ list with a ranking of 178 out of the 500 employers listed. In the employers listed in the top 200, only six are K-12 public school districts.

CEO/Superintendent
J. Alvin Wilbanks is proud that the district has been recognized in this manner. “As an organization, we strive to be an employer of choice,” he explains. “A long-standing goal for our district is to recruit, employ, develop, and retain a workforce that moves us toward becoming a system of world-class schools. We never lose sight of the fact that it is the people of GCPS—our teachers and those who support those who teach— that set us apart. And we are pleased that, as evidenced by our school district’s ranking on the Forbes‘Best Employers’ list, our people recognize GCPS as a great employer and would recommend us to others.”

Dr. Linda Anderson, associate superintendent for Human Resources and Talent Management, also feels the district’s emphasis on its people is what makes GCPS an excellent place to work. She says, “Without a doubt, our people are our most important resource. Competitive salaries, top-notch benefits packages, ongoing support and staff development, and our work to recognize outstanding employees through recognition programs like Teacher of the Year, Bus Manager of the Year, and Media Specialist of the Year and through our new Performance-Based Compensation System are just a few reasons why Gwinnett County Public Schools stands out as an employer.”

The complete listing of 
Forbes Best Employers for 2018 can be found at https://www.forbes.com/best-employers/list/.
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Once again GCPS recognized among
best U.S. communities for music education

GCPS has once again 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 “We are proud to have received this recognition again. This honor recognizes the importance Gwinnett County Public Schools and our community have placed on the arts. It really serves as a testament to the support of the fine arts programs displayed by CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, our School Board, parents, and our incredibly talented music teachers and students.” 
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Norcross HS’ Parrish earns international honor
Gina Parrish of Norcross HS has been inducted into the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) Hall of Fame. Induction represents the highest honor awarded by EdTA to theatre educators.

“To receive this honor from the Educational Theatre Association is just beyond words and to have my family there when I was honored— priceless,” Ms. Parrish says. “It is the kids that motivate me 100%. I say this all of the time... I have the very best job in the world.”

The EdTA Hall of Fame was established by the Association’s Board of Directors in 1990 to recognize those members who have made outstanding contributions to theatre education.
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Berkmar educator earns national honor and awards
 Dr. Leah dee Kilgore of Berkmar HS is the 2018 National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Georgia Affiliate Educator Award winner. The Educator Award is conferred upon educators who have demonstrated a commitment to encouraging young women’s aspirations in computing. Dr. Kilgore will receive a $250 cash award, up to $750 of expense reimbursement for computing-related professional development activities, and a bag of NCWIT and sponsor-branded items. 


Dr. Kilgore says she was surprised to win the award and proud to represent Berkmar and GCPS. “This award holds special meaning for me as I truly believe that more women should be in this field,” she says.

“It is important for girls to understand that just because something is hard, it doesn't mean they are failing. Not getting something immediately is when true learning begins to take place. They must believe in themselves.”  
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GCPS’ Yant earns national recognition
Ken Yant, director of School Nutrition, is a 2018 Silver Plate Winner. Presented by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), the IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards honor the nation’s top foodservice operator talent.

Mr. Yant says winning the award is inspiring. He adds, “The list of previous winners includes many people I know and respect in school nutrition, so to be included in such prestigious company is an exceptional honor and a major highlight of my career.”

Silver Plate winners are nominated by IFMA members and industry leaders, then selected by a distinguished jury, including national trade press, foodservice experts, and past Gold & Silver Plate award winners. From the Silver Plate winners, one is chosen by the jury to receive the industry’s most prestigious recognition, IFMA’s 2018 Gold Plate Award. The Gold Plate winner will be revealed for the first time at the Gold & Silver Plate Award Celebration to be held on May 19 in Chicago.
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North Gwinnett’s Stewart nominated for
National Coach of the Year award

North Gwinnett HS’ Head Football Coach Bill Stewart was a finalist for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award. Coach Stewart was nominated by the Atlanta Falcons after North Gwinnett HS won the Class 7A state high school football title over Colquitt County HS with a dramatic last-second field goal as time expired. Coach Stewart was one of only 32 high school football coaches from around the country competing for the national award.

Each coach was nominated by one of the 32 NFL teams. Representing the best at the high school level, Coach Stewart and the rest of the coaches were nominated for the national award based on their character and integrity, leadership and dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety, and on-field success.

Don Shula Award nominees were honored at the 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando in January. The coaches participated in a special coaches’ clinic, enjoyed a VIP visit to Pro Bowl practices, and attended the USA Football National Conference.
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Dr. Valentine earns leadership honor
Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) Director of Foreign Language Dr. Jon Valentine is this year’s winner of the 2018 SCOLT Leadership Award. The award is presented to K-12 educators who have demonstrated excellence in language teaching through service to the school, community, active participation in the Southern Conference On Language Teaching, and leadership and advocacy at the local, state, and/or regional or national level.
  

Dr. Valentine’s selection as this year’s winner is no surprise to Dr. Jonathan Patterson, GCPS’ Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Support. Dr. Patterson says, “Dr. Valentine’s vision and passion for world languages are unmatched. Under his direction our programs have continued to grow and the district’s Dual Language Immersion program has flourished. As an instructional leader and advocate for his field he has helped thousands of students to learn about and experience our world.”

According to Dr. Valentine, “It’s humbling to be included among the names of leaders throughout the organization’s history whose careers have informed our profession and provided valuable leadership.”
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Head ES’ Doblar named as Georgia TOTY Finalist
Dr. Doug Doblar of Head ES is one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year title.
Dr. Jonathan Patterson, GCPS associate superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Support, says the school district is proud of Dr. Doblar who is the 2018 Gwinnett Teacher of the Year. “We believe he represents the skillful teachers in Gwinnett and in Georgia,” Dr. Patterson says. “Dr. Doblar engages his students in authentic learning experiences where they investigate problems and seek solutions throughout the learning process. When he teaches, the enthusiasm in the room is contagious as students actively engage in meaningful and hands-on learning opportunities. Not only is Dr. Doblar an exemplary teacher, he is an exemplary teammate who works collaboratively with his peers to plan and implement effective and engaging instruction for all students.”

Dr. Doblar, who teaches 4th- and 5th-grade mathematics and science, started his 15-year career in education as a long-term substitute teaching high school, followed by a three-year term teaching middle school. After that, he served four years as a college instructor while he worked full time on a PhD, before returning to a Gwinnett classroom as a local school technology coordinator at an elementary school. In 2015, he came full circle, returning to teach at Head, the elementary school he attended as a student.

The submitted state applications were reviewed by a panel, including teachers, past Georgia Teacher of the Year winners and finalists, administrators, community leaders and others. The winner will be announced May 19.
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Maxwell’s Hall named TIEGA Administrator of the Year
Dr. Jeff Hall, principal of Maxwell HS of Technology, is the 2018 Trade and Industrial Educators of Georgia (TIEGA) Administrator of the Year. The award honors exceptional individuals who have contributed to the success of Career and Technical Education, (CTE) through the quality of their work and their involvement in the CTE community.

“I am both humbled and grateful to be considered for such an honor,” Dr. Hall says. “I immediately thought of my staff, and how this award is truly a reflection of their dedication to making Maxwell such a wonderful place to educate our students. I am incredibly happy as this award recognizes the great things happening at Maxwell.”

Dr. Hall will be recognized for the award in July at the Georgia Association of Career and Technical Education (GATCE) Summer Conference. He also has been nominated for the GACTE Administrator of the Year Award.
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Meadowcreek HS’ Chef Byron and team of students
honored with state awards

 
Chef Simone Byron of Meadowcreek HS is the 2018 ProStart Teacher of the Year. Chef Byron recently led a group of student chefs to a state win in the 2018 Hospitality Foundation of Georgia (HEFG) ProStart State Championship. Chef Byron and her students represented Georgia at the national competition in Providence, R.I., last month.

“The Educator of Excellence Award is a complete honor and being a part of the lives of such wonderful young adults is just amazing,” she says. “I’ve been given the opportunity to build on my talents in the Meadowcreek family, and hard work always pays off. I am definitely thankful for the opportunity to guide my outstanding students on our humble journey to ProStart Nationals.”
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Jones, Mylander honored by
Georgia Council of Teachers of English

Kyle Jones of Lanier HS and Terri Mylander of Baggett ES were honored with state awards from the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE). Ms. Mylander, a 1st grade teacher, is GCTE Elementary Teacher of the Year. Mr. Jones is GCTE Secondary Teacher
of the Year. Mr. Jones and Ms. Mylander were selected based on a number of criteria including their philosophy and approach to teaching English/Language Arts, a description of a typical day in the classroom, and an essay detailing how they incorporate best teaching practices.

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Gwinnett’s Brandel honored as innovative educator
Image of Chandra Brandel of Coleman MSChandra Brandel of Coleman MS is a 2017-2018 Innovation in Teaching Competition Award winner. Through this awards program, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) recognizes teachers who utilize innovative instructional strategies to advance student achievement. This year’s competition rewarded teachers focused on one of the following priority areas: applied learning with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education, blended and personalized learning, innovative practices to close the achievement gap, and birth through age eight language and literacy. The competition is a part of Georgia’s Innovation Fund, a competitive grant program.

“I am excited that my students will now have the opportunity to increase their use of technology as a result of this grant,” says Ms. Brandel. “My students benefit from exploring how the math they are learning in the classroom is applicable for real-world situations. They have the opportunity to explore concepts using a variety of hands-on methods. I also use drama and art to help students bring math to life and to create memories of challenging topics.”
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North Gwinnett MS recognized with state’s top music honor
North Gwinnett MS has earned the inaugural Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Music Program of the Year Award. The new award recognizes school music programs that offer programs of excellence in a wide variety of course offerings and student music experiences and that have a high percentage of the student body involved in some area of the program.

Sarah Black, an orchestra teacher at the school, says earning the award is a great honor. “We are very excited to be the first recipient of this award and we hope to serve as an inspiration to other teachers and schools throughout the state to showcase their programs,” Ms. Black says.

In order to be eligible, a school must have participated in all GMEA events and activities available to them, including Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE), Solo & Ensemble, All-State auditions, and district honor ensembles in all areas where they offer these events for at least the past five consecutive years.
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GCPS high schools earn state recognition as AP Honor Schools
Strong achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) exams is earning GCPS students college credit and gaining recognition for Gwinnett schools. The Georgia Department of Education recently honored 21 Gwinnett high schools for their work to provide a rigorous education for our students. Several GCPS schools were recognized in more than one category. Archer HS, Dacula HS, Grayson HS, and Mountain View HS made the list in five of the six categories.
AP Challenge Schools (1)
AP Challenge Schools (56 named in Ga. in 2018) are schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies).
Gwinnett Online Campus
AP Access and Support Schools (10)
AP Access and Support Schools (69 named in Ga. in 2018) are 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.
Archer HS
Berkmar HS
Dacula HS
Discovery HS
Grayson HS
Lanier HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
Shiloh HS
South Gwinnett HS
AP Merit Schools (12)
AP Merit Schools (67 named in Ga. in 2018) are schools with at least 20% of the total student population taking AP exams and at least 50% 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)
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS
AP STEM Schools (21) 
AP STEM Schools (213 named in Ga. in 2018) are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science 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)
Archer HS
Berkmar HS
Brookwood HS
Central Gwinnett HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Discovery HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett Online Campus
GSMST
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 (15)
AP STEM Achievement Schools (146 named in Ga. in 2018) are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40% of exam scores on AP math and science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Archer HS
Brookwood HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett Online Campus 
GSMST
Lanier HS
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS
AP Humanities Schools (17)
AP Humanities Schools (134 named in Ga. in 2018) are schools with students testing in the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social sciences courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.
Archer HS
Berkmar HS
Brookwood HS
Central Gwinnett HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Discovery HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
GSMST
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS
Shiloh HS

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26 Gwinnett schools earn 2017 GOSA recognition
under state accountability system

Kudos to the 26 Gwinnett schools recognized by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement as 2017 Single Statewide Accountability System Award Schools. Schools were recognized in two categories— Greatest Gains or Highest Performing, with five schools (in blue) earning recognition in both categories. 

The following schools were honored as Highest Performing schools for earning a three-year average student achievement score in at least the 93rd percentile in the state: 

Bronze Level:
  Brookwood ES; Camp Creek ES; Mulberry ES; Puckett’s Mill ES; Roberts ES; Crews MS; Five Forks MS; and Twin Rivers MS. 
Silver Level:
  Level Creek ES;  Parsons ES; Suwanee ES; Hull MS; Brookwood HS; and Mill Creek HS.
Gold Level:
  Jenkins ES; Riverside ES; North Gwinnett MS; Osborne MS; and North Gwinnett HS.
Platinum Level:
  Simpson ES and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST).  

The following Gwinnett schools recognized as Greatest Gains schools earned a three-year average student progress score in at least the 93rd percentile in the state: 
Bronze Level:
  Roberts ES; Sugar Hill ES; and Jones MS.
Silver Level:
  Pharr ES; Sycamore ES; Five Forks MS; Osborne MS; and GSMST
Gold Level:
  Arcado ES; Jenkins ES; and Twin Rivers MS
Platinum Level:
  Simpson ES
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12 Gwinnett schools recognized as 2017-18 Title I Reward Schools
BOE members applauded the work of students, teachers, and administrators from 12 Gwinnett schools on their recent recognition as 2017-18 Title I Reward Schools. The following three schools earned recognition in the Highest-Performing category: Harris ES, Knight ES, and Shiloh ES. Nine Gwinnett schools were honored in the High-Progress category. Those schools are Alcova ES, Alford ES, Bethesda ES, Lovin ES, McKendree ES, Peachtree ES, Simonton ES, Winn Holt ES, and Shiloh MS.
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36 GCPS schools earn place on
SHAPE Honor Roll for fitness efforts

The 2017 Governor’s Student Health and Physical Education, or S.H.A.P.E., Honor Roll include 36 Gwinnett schools— more than other school districts across the state. Georgia’s K-12 schools earn the award for their dedication to creating a healthy school environment and a culture of wellness for staff, students, and community. The state recognized schools in four tiers of criteria: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. 

*Indicates previous year award recipient
Platinum Award Schools
*Britt ES
*Grayson ES
Brookwood ES
*Lovin ES
*Dacula ES
*Mulberry ES
*Freeman’s Mill ES
*Winn Holt ES

Gold Award Schools
Dyer ES
Northbrook MS
*Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
*Richards MS

Silver Award Schools
*Beaver Ridge ES
*Level Creek ES
*Benefield ES
*Mason ES
*Burnette ES
*McKendree ES
*Camp Creek ES
*Mountain Park ES
*Corley ES
*Parsons ES
*Ferguson ES
*Riverside ES
*Harmony ES
Rock Springs ES
*Harris ES
*Simpson ES
*Jenkins ES
*Suwanee ES
*Kanoheda ES
*Couch MS
*Lawrenceville ES
*Gwinnett Online Campus

Bronze Award Schools
Dacula MS
*Duluth MS

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GCPS honors top counseling award winners for 2018
During National Counseling Week (Feb. 5-9), we saluted Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) counselors, a stellar group of committed and caring professionals who support our students and guide them toward future success.

Congratulations to counselors, leaders, and schools honored at a recognition event on Feb. 6, including six schools that earned national RAMP recognition in 2017— Duluth HS, Jones MS, North Gwinnett MS, Parkview HS (with Distinction), Peachtree Ridge HS, and Roberts ES.

District award winners include:

2018 Gwinnett County Elementary School Counselor of the Year


Sherry Ferguson
of Ferguson ES

2018 Gwinnett County Middle School Counselor of the Year


Laura Ross
of Five Forks MS
2018 Gwinnett County Secondary School
Counselor of the Year

Bobby Gueh
of Lanier HS

2018 Gwinnett County
Mary Joe Hannaford Counselor Administrator of the Year

Christine Douthart,
Principal of Five Forks MS
2018 Gwinnett County
Counselor Writer of the Year

Teshia Stovall Dula
of Hull MS
2018 Gwinnett County Louise Radloff Advocate of the Year

Anthony Smith, assistant superintendent
for high schools
and former principal of Duluth HS

Online, check out a Focus Moment from GCPS TV covering the special event.
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School district honors support of media center programs
Three staff members recently were honored for their strong support of media center programs in their respective schools.

Joni Gilman of Peachtree Ridge HS has been named the 2018 Gwinnett County Public Schools Media Specialist of the Year. The award honors a K-12 library media specialist whose services have resulted in exemplary library media programs. 

Ms. Gilman (shown to the right with her family) was nominated by Peachtree Ridge assistant principal Rosie Placek who credits Gilman for “designing inviting learning spaces where students can wonder and explore and dream.” Dr. Jeff Mathews, the school’s principal, says Gilman’s passion for her job is infectious. “Joni is a self-starter and takes initiative on things when nobody is watching,” Dr. Mathews said. “In her field, she’s a true innovator and pushes the boundaries so that the students are benefiting at high levels. She’s a true champion of literacy and someone who under-promises but over-delivers and changes the culture in this building.”

With her selection as the GCPS Media Specialist of the Year, Ms. Gilman will be considered for regional recognition by the GLMA (Georgia Library Media Association) district committee. That award will be announced in May.



Paul Willis, Principal of Fort Daniel ES was recognized as GCPS’ 2018 School Library Advocate of the Year. Sponsored by the district’s Department of Media Services & Technology Training, this award honors administrators outside the library profession who have made worthy contributions to the operations of effective library services in their school and to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program. 

Keely Lambert of Simonton ES was honored as Gwinnett’s 2018 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.
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Three STAR students from GCPS among county winners

Three Gwinnett seniors--Min-Seok “Brian” Cho of Brookwood HS, Jackson Baird of Duluth HS, and Micaiah Cowart of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST), along with a private school student, will share the title of Gwinnett 2018 STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) StudentEach STAR student is the senior in the top 10% of his or her class with the highest SAT score. Each STAR student selects a teacher as the educator who has had a strong influence on his or her academic career. GCPS’ STAR Teachers are Advanced Placement (AP) Physics teacher Dan Miller of Brookwood; Dr. Christopher DeCastro, who teaches AP Calculus and AP Computer Science courses at Duluth; and GSMST’s Jobie Johnson, who teaches AP Literature and AP Psychology. The STAR students and teachers are pictured above with Daniel Kaufman, president and CEO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

2018 STAR Students and Teachers representing all Gwinnett high schools include:

SchoolSTAR StudentSTAR Teacher
Archer HSLois  Williams
Buduka Ogonor
Joni Jameson
John Jameson
Berkmar HSAnna TranBridget  Walsh
Brookwood HS*Min-Seok “Brian” Cho*Dan Miller
Central Gwinnett HSAndy CheaBrad Callahan
Collins Hill HSRubin ParkDanielle  Wilcher
Dacula HSMikayla MorgenrothJustin Harvey
Discovery HSNabid FarvezTommy Nguyen
Duluth HS*Jackson Baird*Dr. Christopher DeCastro
Grayson HSSaket ShirsathDr. Stacy Kenyon
Gwinnett Online CampusConnor CaldwellDaniel Lollis
Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
Science, and Technology
*Micaiah Cowart*Jobie Johnson
Lanier HSJoseph SeibertAqueelah Ahmad-Harris
Meadowcreek HSNhi NgoKeith Hilliard
Mill Creek HSJoanna MoonLisi Campos
(Jones MS)
Mountain View HSMatthew KimBilly Jones
Norcross HSOluremi Owoseni
Matthew “Matt” Sandry
Alix McHardy
Katherine Kaiser
North Gwinnett HSSavannah Hearn
Hongbum “Kevin” Kim
John Payne
Jeremy Martin
Parkview HSWindsor XuSara Hague
(Trickum MS)
Peachtree Ridge HSBrittney HagenbarthKevin Cameron
(Dunwoody HS)
Shiloh HSBenjamin KoschellaPheletta Kayea
South Gwinnett HSBailey McClain-AvantAshanti Anderson

*County winners

Students and teachers from private schools and Buford City Schools also were recognized at the county event.
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Teachers As Leaders recognizes 42 participants
The 28th Teachers As Leaders (TAL) Class of 2018-19 includes 42 Gwinnett educators as participants:
Dawn Alexander of Sweetwater MSBrittani Martin of Suwanee ES
Dr. Lisa Aniagor of Summerour MSTammy McIntyre of Moore MS
Laura Berry of Woodward Mill ESCollyn Milsted of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Mindy Black of Taylor ESAmanda Montgomery of Radloff MS
Terri Brumbalow of Fort Daniel ESJordan Myers of Gwin Oaks ES
Christina Cho of Berkmar HSTyler Perkerson of Parsons ES
Corey Coates of Alford ESDevin Pulliam of Nesbit ES
Eugena Cornelius of Trip ESMakenzie Ramey of Harris ES
Cassandra Domineck of Shiloh HSJenny Shane of Chesney ES
Cindy Dziwura of Hull MSJoshua Skiver of Berkmar MS
Adam Gagliotti of McConnell MSDanielle Spells of Jordan MS
Kelly Helton of Lovin ESSarah Spence of Lanier MS
Alicia Hembree of Brookwood ESDiane Sullivan of Discovery HS
Tonia Huff of Jenkins ESDelisa Tate of Norton ES
Elyse Hughes of
Gwinnett Online Campus
Lindsey Thiers of Trickum MS
Jessica Johnson of Baggett ESSherry Tillman of Graves ES
Kim Jones of Osborne MSDebby Torres of Cedar Hill ES
John King of Coleman MSEmma Towey of Five Forks MS
Chrissy Krejci of Norcross HSMelissa Watt of Mulberry ES
Kim Lindsey of Creekland MSErin White of North Gwinnett HS
Jennifer Maloney of Brookwood HSMaryJane Young of
Peachtree Ridge HS

The purpose of Teachers As Leaders is to help participants develop personal and organizational leadership skills for classrooms and local schools. Participants are selected based on an application process, nominations from their principals, and identification as outstanding classroom leaders with at least three years of teaching experience. They are introduced to a core curriculum of leadership principles and provided opportunities to explore leadership skills through a series of retreats and program days that include meeting with community, state, and national leaders in both education and business.
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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
  • Berkmar MS and Northbrook MS— earned the Breakout Middle School designation from the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP). This annual award recognizes outstanding middle schools based on collaborative leadership, personalization and curriculum, instruction, and assessment. In addition, Berkmar MS is one of only three schools statewide that earned the “Distinguished” designation which is awarded to schools that show a commitment to meeting the needs of all students. 
  • Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology earned the STEM Certified School Outreach Award from the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed).
  • Mona Brawley of Partee ES— recognized as Elementary Teacher of the Year by Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education (GAGE).
  • Melissa Madsen, principal of Britt ES— honored as Administrator of the Year by Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education (GAGE).
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  • Degrees and Certifications
  • Dr. Anna Mary Smith, director of Staff Development— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.
  • Dr. Crystal Cooper Thompson, principal of Sycamore ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.
  • Dr. Andrew Whatley of Five Forks MS— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.
  • Dr. Demetria Williams of Brookwood HS— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.
  • Dr. Pam Williams, principal of Bethesda ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.
  • Dr. Kwesi Yankey of Creekland MS— earned a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Argosy University.
  • Jesse Hancock of Brookwood HS— earned the status of Certified Journalism Educator from the Journalism Education Association. He is one of only 855 teachers nationwide with the certification.
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  • Presentations
  • Kimberly Bondeson of Gwinnett Online Campus— spoke at the 29th annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education in Washington, D.C. She also co-presented “INNOVATE, a Professional Development Course in the K-12 Online Context: a Design Case” with staff from Kennesaw State University.
    Image of  left to right: Debi Hogan, Deana Triemer, Dr. Robin Tillotson, and Erin Springthorpe of Gwinnett Online Campus
  • Pictured left to right: Debi Hogan, Deana Triemer, Dr. Robin Tillotson, and Erin Springthorpe of Gwinnett Online Campus— presented “Powering Potential: Alleviating Barriers and Providing Access for All Students Through Online Learning” at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference in Atlanta.
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  • Publications
  • Dr. Staci Bernard-Roth of Central Gwinnett HS— published an essay, “This is the Way the World Ends,” in issue number 76 of Kaleidoscope: Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts.
  • Jerry Hancock of Duluth HS— published a book, Ponce City Market, a history of the transformation of the Sears building to Ponce City Market, a mixed-use civic anchor in Atlanta.
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  • Grants, Donations, and Scholarships
  • Berkmar HS earned the GRAMMY Museum’s GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, and a grant worth $2,000 to benefit the school’s music program.
  • Collin Andrew Jones of Lanier HS and Ashley J. Taylor of Mountain View HS— earned $1,500 scholarships from the Gwinnett County Retired Educators Association (GCREA).
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  • Something to celebrate?
    Share your good news with your colleagues in the Spotlight publication.
    If you have earned a state or national award, earned a degree, made a presentation, or had work published, send the information to the Spotlight mailbox via Lotus Notes, or to the Communication and Media Relations department through the courier. Click here to send submissions to Spotlight. Honors received after this spring publication will be included in the back-to-school issue.
    Share your feedback on Spotlight!

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