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Meet Atlanta Families Award winner Elizabeth Emerson

Atlanta Public Schools first grade teacher Elizabeth Emerson was not quite sure what to think when new Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen invited Emerson to join her center stage Thursday afternoon. Moments earlier, Carstarphen surprised Emerson when she announced to the Springdale Park Elementary audience that they were there to celebrate Emerson’s exemplary…

Meet Stephanie Johnson, an Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education Winner

By Kimberly Willis Green Stephanie Stephens Johnson, Ed.S, principal of Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School, an International Baccalaureate school, is a recipient of the 2014 Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education.  Johnson is the only principal from Atlanta Public Schools to receive the honor this year. Proud Principal Stephanie Johnson has earned her title…

Meet Atlanta Families Award winner Jennifer Freeman

Jennifer Freeman, a seventh grade science teacher at KIPP STRIVE Academy is an Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) winner for the 2014 school year. One of two winners today, Ms. Freeman will use the award to fund a leadership program for students who struggle with poor character choices. Freeman is one of six APS educators awarded…

2014 Atlanta Families’ Awards nominations and applications now open

Nominate an excellent teacher, assistant principal or principal for the 2014 Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE)!  The AFAEE was founded in 2005 as a way to recognize the “best of the best” in Atlanta Public Schools and retain top educators to the district.  This year, we are excited to announce the AFAEE…

Atlanta Families’ Award blitz gives KIPP teacher “shock of a lifetime”

As KIPP STRIVE and KIPP VISION teacher Amber Stewart stayed up Monday night preparing for what her principal referred to as a meeting with a concerned parent, representatives from the Atlanta Families’ Award for Educational Excellence (AFAEE) were finalizing a secret plan to surprise her at work the next day to announce that she was a…

Atlanta Families bestows major honor on KIPP WAYS leader

The KIPP WAYS school band and scores of excited students were on hand when representatives from the Atlanta Families Awards for Exellence in Education (AFAEE) surprised KIPP WAYS principal Dwight Ho-Sang and presented him with an oversized check for $7,500 to celebrate his commitment to excellence and to Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students. Similar scenarios played out at nine…

AAFE winner Kelly Petrello: “Award will change our classroom for the rest of the year”

This year, Garden Hills fifth-grade teacher Kelly Petrello celebrates her 10th year in education at Atlanta Public Schools (APS), and the Atlanta Families’ Award for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) has helped make it a year Petrello won’t forget.  Petrello was one of only 10 APS educators to win the 2013 AFAEE honor, which recognizes outstanding…