Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Ed.D., was honored by Georgia Trend magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” during a recognition luncheon today.
The magazine published its annual “100 Most Influential Georgians” list in the January 2016 issue. According to Georgia Trend, the honorees were selected because of their “enormous impact on the daily lives of Georgians.”
“Carstarphen is challenged with overhauling Atlanta’s public schools ahead of a potential state takeover of the lowest-performing schools,” read part of the statement printed in Georgia Trend regarding Dr. Carstarphen. “Under her watch, Atlanta Public School’s four-year graduation rate increased 12 percentage points from 2014 to 2015.”
Learn more about Georgia Trend and all the honorees here.
Congratulations! Stephanie Johnson, Principal at Maynard H. Jackson High School, Named a Principal of the Year Finalist
On Friday, January 15, the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP) announced Atlanta Public Schools’ very own, Stephanie Johnson, Ed.S, as a finalist for this year’s Principal of the Year.
Principal Johnson joins a distinguished list of finalists that include:
- Dr. Julia Daniely, Westside Pre-Engineering High School, Bibb County
- Dr. Sean Kelly, Chapel Hill High School, Douglas County
- Susan Opferman—Webb Bridge Middle School, Fulton County
- Dr. Gene Starr—Appling County High School, Appling County
“This is an honor to be named as a finalist among such an illustrious group of candidates,” Johnson said. “My passion to ensure that each student actualizes their highest potential is fueled by an earnest hope that I am providing them with the tools necessary for success.”
The Principal of the Year program recognizes principals that excel in educational leadership, resolving complex problems, developing self and others and community service. The application is an extensive review of the performance of each applicant and their schools. Each finalist will participate in a final interview process in Athens to determine the Georgia Principal of the Year.
The program is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals and Association Member Benefit Advisor (AMBA). The Georgia winner will represent the state in the competition for National Principal of the Year.
GASSP’s 1,300 members across Georgia are extremely proud of the finalists Melton Callahan, executive director of GASSP and JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP also offered their congratulations to those principals who personify excellence in providing quality leadership to their school communities.