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Babb Middle teacher learns at convention

School Notebook 8-30-13

MORROW — Karessa Carter recently traveled to Las Vegas for the national convention on differentiated instruction.

Carter, a 2011 Clayton State University graduate, teaches seventh grade language arts at Babb Middle School. Principal Brenda Ross nominated her as the school’s representative at the convention.

“Listening to the keynote speaker at the convention just reminded me of Dr. David Messer’s lectures and wisdom,” said Carter. “I’m thankful for him challenging me as a teacher and inspiring me to be my best.”

She pointed to Messer, an assistant professor at Clayton State, and Debra Durden, a retired Clayton State faculty member, as helping her realize her full potential.

“Karessa is extraordinarily inquisitive, self-motivated and disciplined as a scholar and teacher candidate,” said Messer. “I am absolutely sure that she exhibits these characteristics as a teacher.”

Carter holds a degree in middle grades education. Her primary area of study was language arts and her second area of study was social studies.

“I was a product of Clayton County Schools and I feel right at home here,” she said. “It’s kind of like I am paying it forward by giving back to the education community that molded me. I simply love making a difference and helping those around me succeed.”

Bowen gets accolades at North Georgia

Jonesboro resident Brittany Elizabeth Bowen was named to the University of North Georgia dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester by earning a 3.5 grade point average, while carrying 12 or more credit hours in one semester.

Spivey Hall opens fall concert season

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall has announced the details of its October and November programming, kicking off its 23rd season with performances from each of the six Spivey series — Piano, String, Vocal, Organ, Guitar and Jazz and Swing.

Two Spivey Hall debuts are included in the first months of the new season, including Macon-born opera singer Jamie Barton.

The mezzo-soprano won both top prizes in the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and was the first woman in the 30-year history of the competition to take home both “Singer of the World” and “Song” prizes.

Barton will make her Spivey Hall debut Nov. 17. Her performance will be at 3 p.m. A pre-concert talk with Clayton State’s Kurt-Alexander Zeller is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Tickets are $46 with discounts for subscribers, groups, students and Georgia educators. Order passes by calling 678-466-4200, by visiting the Spivey Hall Box Office, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., or by logging on at www.spiveyhall.org.

A list of prices and schedules of concerts and events this fall is also available at the website.

Military notes

Army Reserve Pfc. Benjamin Slocumb V has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Slocumb, the son of Bengy and Chere Slocumb of Jonesboro, is a 2010 graduate of Mundy’s Mill High School.

Army Cadet Leonard Harris has graduated from the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky. Harris, the son of Latoya Evans of Jonesboro, is a student at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.