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CTAE Announces Its Teachers of the Year
2013 CTAE Performance Recognition
The 2013 Career, Technical and Agricultural Education “High School Teacher of the Year” distinction was recently awarded to Linda Hassan-Randle of Crim Open Campus. The Middle School Teacher of the Year honors went to Kameelah Chase of Sutton Middle School. Ms. Chase was also the APS district Middle School Teacher of the year. Finalist honors went to Lorraine Bowen of North Atlanta High School and Alisha Foots of B.E.S.T Academy. The awards were announced at the 5th Annual CTAE End-of-Year Performance Recognition Event honoring outstanding CTAE teachers and local business partners. Additional awards were given to teachers who worked to prepare students for state and national competitive events, who excelled in placing students in work-based learning opportunities, and those who helped to plan and implement CTAE professional development workshops. Schools also nominated business partners for special awards in recognition of their outstanding service to the students of APS. CTAE Advisory Board members were recognized for their service during the 2013 school year. CTAE Advisory Board members were instrumental in recruiting hundreds of guest speakers for this year’s College and Career Motivation Week.
Dr. Connie Duncan, Mays High School
Dr. James Dunton, Grady High School
Melissa Edwards, Therrell Law, Gov & Public Policy
Richard Elder, Crim Open Campus High School
Michelle Espinoza, Washington Health Sciences & Nutrition
Terry Foster, Carver Health Sciences & Research Dwionne Freeman, North Atlanta High School
Dion Harper-Jones, Therrell Health Sciences & Research
Linda Hassan-Randle, Crim Open Campus High School
Vikki Harmon, Washington Banking, Finance & Investment
Sandra Jackson, Therrell Health Sciences & Research
Patricia Kendall, Grady High School
Phyllis Lucy, Crim Open Campus High School
Rosie McCoy, West-End Academy
Leola McNeil, Grady High School
LaRhonda Palmer, Carver Health Sciences & Research
Tonia Schofield, Grady High School
Melanie Smith, Carver Health Sciences & Research
Jimmy Stapp, South Atlanta Computer Animation & Design
Dr. Theo Smith, Benjamin Mays High School
Angela Turner-Williams, So. Atlanta Health & Medical Sciences
Business and Community Partner Awardees
Barbara Campbell, Century 21
Peta Gay-Major, Price Waterhouse Coopers
Monty Green, MVM Agency
Christine Harden, Piedmont College
Prescott Miller, Round Hill Capital, LLC
Douglas N. Palfrey, J. P. Morgan Securities
Darrell Stallings, H. J. Russell & Company
Nikki Thornton, Project Restore
CTAE Advisory Board Honorees
Ruth Alvarez-Moon, Atlanta Workforce
Rhonda Bailey, EPA
Roni Bell, Georgia DOL
Mary Blake, Retired Educator
Robert Bonner, New York Life
Niambi Brown, Jr. Achievement
Greg Clay, Atlanta Speaks
Velma Cooper, Retired Educator
Odie Donald, The Donald Group
Cynthia Evers, Atlanta Metro College
Mark Galvin, Piedmont Hospital
Juli Gilyard, Atlanta Technical College
Joe Jackson, Grtr. ATL Econ. Alliance
Leonard McReynolds, Primerica
Dr. Sheryl Neely, Atlanta Public Schools
Angie Neely Penn, Neesan Grp
Felicia Taylor, Georgia Power
Asziree Thompson, Citizens Trust Bank
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Inman Middle School Teacher Jatisha Marsh is among twelve teacher leaders from eleven states selected as a 2013 Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow. The National Teacher Fellowship is a competitive program designed for teacher leaders wanting to share their expertise, experience and ideas in helping to shape education policy nationwide. Marsh was selected from nearly 100 applicants from 27 states to serve as representatives of Hope Street Group, advocating for education policy changes. She will meet with fellow educators to present to national, state and local policymakers, as well as peers across the country.
“This fellowship will provide me the forum to combine my interests education and policy,” says Jatisha Marsh. “The opportunity to talk and collaborate with teachers from across the country regarding educational policy issues excites me. The fellowship will allow me to interact with business leaders and government officials while bringing teacher voice into the shaping of educational policy.”
Jatisha Marsh is a middle school teacher at Inman Middle School where she is a member of the Local School Council, an Atlanta Public Schools Ethics Advocate, and the Site Director for the Before Care and After School Program. She attended Florida A&M University on a full scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and History as well as a Masters in Business Administration. She also holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgia State University. Jatisha entered the teaching profession in 2006 through Teach For America. She has received a number of recognitions and honors, which include appointment to the APS Farm to School Task Force, TFA/CRSS School Board Fellowship, and IIE Korean Workshop for American Educators Award Recipient. Jatisha also serves as a Recruitment Ambassador for TNTP.
On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) announced that as a result of a generous contribution by the GE Foundation, every classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal will receive two days of critical training to allow them to hone their skills implementing the new Common Core Georgia Performance Standards. The two critical training days — February 18, 2013, and May 24, 2013 — will give APS’ classroom teachers the tools necessary to help students compete with their peers around the world.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative, led by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers, has developed K-12 standards that meet the business community’s expectations in the foundational subjects of math and literacy in all content areas. The new standards are college and career focused, grounded in evidence and internationally benchmarked. The CCSS set consistent, focused, rigorous academic expectations for all students, and 45 states and the District of Columbia have already adopted them. The CCSS serve as a necessary foundation for making the changes needed to improve student achievement and ensure the United States’ educational and economic pre-eminence.
APS has been focusing on the implementation of the new standards and will continue to support educators through professional development. The standards will provide a consistent framework for what students are expected to learn in grades K-12, replacing a patchwork of state-specific standards that resulted in drastically varying expectations for students across the nation.
“We are pleased to be able to support Atlanta’s teachers in their work to provide the best possible education to children throughout the school district,” said Bob Corcoran, president of the GE Foundation.
GE Vice Chairman John Rice joined Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr. for the announcement Wednesday afternoon in front of a host of APS students and teachers along with city and school district officials.
“As we embark upon full implementation of the Common Core standards, it is imperative that all teachers receive superb professional development in order to effectively facilitate 21st centruy instruction,” said Tamika Ball, 2012-13 APS districtwide teacher of the year.
Financial support for the Common Core training will be funded through an existing grant from the GE Foundation. In October of 2007, the GE Foundation awarded to Atlanta Public Schools a Developing Futures in Education grant of $22 million, the largest private grant in the school district’s history.
“Our students are served by more than 3,000 teachers,” said Superintendent Davis. He continued, “Multiply that by two days of paid training and the average teacher compensation in our system. Everything adds up to a considerable and meaningful investment in Atlanta Public Schools when we need it most. We are deeply and sincerely grateful for GE’s gift.”
The GE Foundation grant is intended to support a comprehensive effort to improve student learning in core subjects, such as math, science and literacy; to close achievement gaps; and to encourage more students to attend college. The grant targets curriculum development; systemic change across the entire school district; and school, business and community collaboration.
APS Superintendent Erroll Davis, Atlanta Falcons football players and Homer the Brave were among the many celebrities and officials who surprised eight outstanding educators in Atlanta Public Schools this week with grants from the Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE). The grants, $7,500 for each teacher or principal, will help fund innovative classroom projects that will improve students’ access to quality education.
The following educators were named 2012 AFAEE winners:
Vanessa Evans – KIPP STRIVE Academy, fifth grade teacher
Stephanie Jones – KIPP STRIVE Academy, fifth grade English language arts teacher
Erik Herndon – Young Middle School, eighth grade guitar
Dr. Evelyn Mobley – West End Academy, principal
Nicole Bartig – Sarah Smith Elementary School, kindergarten teacher
Brittany Beaumont – Springdale Park Elementary, first grade teacher
Bethany Paquette – Drew Charter School, third and fourth grade special education teacher
Peter McKnight – South Atlanta School of Law & Social Justice, principal
Since its inception in 2005, AFAEE has recognized outstanding teachers and school leaders for their commitment to excellence, while aiming to create a platform to further award winners’ success in APS, retain motivated educators and attract like-minded individuals to the district. Each winner was awarded $7,500, which includes funding for a school project of the winner’s choice ($3,500), funding for a professional development opportunity to increase the winner’s effectiveness in the school or classroom ($1,500) and a personal stipend ($2,500).
“The opportunity to award these amazing educators is what drives our organization. Their passion is contagious and their dedication to creating a brighter future for APS students is impossible to ignore,” said Prescott Miller, Board chair of AFAEE. “Our partners look forward to seeing the impact the winners’ projects will have on the lives of their students.”
AFAEE has raised more than $1,000,000.00 to recognize and honor highly effective APS Educators.
For more information or to nominate a teacher for the 2013 awards, visit www.atlantafamilies.org.
About the Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education
The Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education recognizes and honors outstanding educators in a manner that informs and engages the community. By recognizing excellent educators each year, the Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education hopes to retain excellent teachers and school leaders, inspire other educators to transform their craft, and increase the public’s awareness of educator and student success across the district.
View the full multimedia gallery from the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year banquet by clicking on the photo below. Congratulations to Tamika N. Ball, Teacher of the Year. Ms. Ball is an educator at Therrell High School of Health Sciences and Research. Finalists included Kameelah Chase of Sutton Middle School and Carla Daniels of Woodson Primary.
Atlanta Public Schools is undergoing significant changes. One of those changes is a new, focused effort on customer service.
Superintendent Erroll Davis has made it an imperative that we provide fast, efficient service in warm, welcoming environments for our students, teachers, parents, staff, and colleagues.
Please enjoy multimedia content from the recent State Teacher of the Year banquet featuring our very own finalist Elisha Gray of Jackson High School.
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Previous Year winner’s Speech
2013 Winner announcement and program highlights
Evening Photo Gallery featuring Elisha Gray
Atlanta Public Schools announces the availability of the 2012 Title II-A Parent and Community Member Surveys.
Information collected will be used to develop a plan surrounding the utilization of federal Title II-A funds for the 2012-2013 school year.
APS uses Title II-A funds for the recruitment, preparation, training and retention of teachers and principals. Each survey will remain posted until May 28, 2012. We encourage all community members and parents to complete this important survey and give the district valuable feedback that will be implemented in neighborhood schools.
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Elisha R. Gray, a special education teacher at Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School, is among the finalists for the 2013 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Ms. Gray was named APS Teacher of the Year for 2011-12 last October.
Ten finalists for the state recognition were selected from a pool of 150 applicants from Georgia school districts. The finalists were chosen by a panel of judges, based largely on the applicants’ essay responses.
“I congratulate our ten Georgia Teacher of the Year finalists and those who applied,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge. “We have always had a very impressive group of teachers make the top 10, and I know this year will be no different.”
“Ms. Gray represents thousands of APS educators in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the district; their spirit, dedication and hard work nurture and enhance the lives of our students,” said Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr. “I am extremely proud of Ms. Gray and all of our talented educators who support the mission of educating today’s children for tomorrow’s world.”
The state winner will be announced at the Georgia Teacher of the Year banquet on June 1, 2012 at the Georgia International Convention Center.