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Clayton State announces Teacher Excellence Recognition Initiative, first honorees

School Notebook 6-13-14

Landi Abercrombie of Morrow was part of the first graduating class at the virtual public charter, Georgia Cyber Academy. She also was nominated by her teachers at the academy to receive the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, which recognizes students nationwide who have volunteer much of their time serving their communities. Abercrombie plans to attend the University of Georgia this fall. (Special Photo)

Landi Abercrombie of Morrow was part of the first graduating class at the virtual public charter, Georgia Cyber Academy. She also was nominated by her teachers at the academy to receive the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, which recognizes students nationwide who have volunteer much of their time serving their communities. Abercrombie plans to attend the University of Georgia this fall. (Special Photo)

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Shelia Cox-Marshall, a business teacher at Forest Park High, completed her 20-hour Teachers in Industry Program project at RB Taxes, Bookkeeping and Payroll in Tucker. (Special Photo)

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LearnZillion CEO Eric Westendorf poses with Cathleen Dees, a Mount Zion Elementary teacher chosen to take part on LearnZillion’s Dream Team this month. (Special Photo)

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Air Force Airman 1st Class Devonte Terrell has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Terrell is the son of Linda Hines of Hampton and Johnny Terrell of Tifton and nephew of Carolyn Ruffin of Nashville. He is a 2011 graduate of Lovejoy High. (Special Photo)

MORROW — Clayton State University and its teacher education department have announced the establishment of the Teacher Excellence Recognition Initiative, a program designed to annually recognize two high school teachers from Clayton County Public Schools who demonstrate excellence in teaching and exemplify the Clayton State learning experience.

Winners of the 2014 TERI awards are Anna Cox of Jonesboro High and Jennifer Henley of Morrow High. Each will receive a $1,000 stipend plus $250 to be used for classroom materials.

The awards are made possible through the generosity of the Jack and Sherry Hancock Clayton County High School Faculty Recognition Collaborative, in conjunction with the Clayton State University Annual Professorship Program.

“The education of our youth is the key to the success of our nation,” says Hancock, also a Clayton State University Foundation board member.

Cox is a Latin teacher and chair of the World Language Department at Jonesboro High. After earning her English degree at the University of Georgia, she became Clayton State’s first master’s degree graduate Dec. 11, 2008.

Henley teaches social studies and is coordinator of the Governor’s Honors Program at Morrow High.

The reigning Daughters of the American Revolution U.S. History Teacher of the Year for Georgia bases her teaching methods and philosophies around the ideas of Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.

Read more about the TERI program and its first award recipients at www.clayton.edu.

Local educator completes Teachers in Industry Program project

Forest Park High business teacher Shelia Cox-Marshall participated in a 20-hour project designed to provide insight on what her Work-Based Learning students do once they leave campus and head to their jobs. The Teachers in Industry Program, sponsored by the Dalton Chamber of Commerce, provided Cox-Marshall an opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experiences in the business community should could take back to her classroom.

“I felt this would be a great opportunity to get a first-hand feel for the jobs some of our students do when they participate in the WBL program,” said Cox-Marshall. “The challenging task for me was actually going to the work site when I would rather be somewhere else.”

Clayton teacher named to national ‘Dream Team’

Cathleen Dees, a fourth-grade math and science teacher at Mount Zion Elementary, spent June 4-7 in New Orleans participating in TeachFest, a professional development event focused on creating high-quality Common Core curricular resources. Dees attended the event as part of LearnZillion’s Dream Team of 200 talented math and English/language arts teachers.

Locals graduate, earn honors away at college

Myer Nolan of Jonesboro has graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Max Reinecke, son of Robert Reinecke of Jonesboro, has graduated from Saint Michael’s College.

Jonesboro resident Kimyetta Hayden earned a master’s degree in communication from Marist College.

Several Clayton County students have graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology this spring. They include Jonesboro residents Jay Belmon, Carrie Bruce, Tyler Jones, Cecili Reid, Mohammed Saibu, Elizabeth Spencer and Brennan Turnipseed; Riverdale residents Zack Hall, Morris Jones and Christal Sengkhamphong; Morrow residents Javed Khan, Minh Dang Le; and Dianne Tam of Lake City.

Area residents also graduated from Valdosta State University. They include Forest Park resident Isisha Andrews; Riverdale residents Otisha Bowen, DeAldrick Long, Ilique Bright and Malisa Gipson; Morrow residents Albert Wilson, Samandra Muniz, Johnny Pope and Samantha Muniz; and Jonesboro residents Charlesa Verdell, Emilio Tavarez, Mia Gipson, Brandon Pierce, Iesha Brown, Cheryl Chadwick and Malikah Lawson.

Some of the graduates made Valdosta State’s spring 2014 semester Dean’s List, including Jonesboro residents Cheryl Chadwick, Ciarra Chapman, Demetrice Cunningham, Alana Fraley, Angela McLarin, Brandon Pierce and Alexis Tucker. Rex residents Matthew Hooten, Annicia Robison and Tyrell Ruffin, and Lauren Mathis of Forest Park, Samandra Muniz of Morrow and Anthony Tutman of Riverdale also made the list. Students who achieve a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on at least nine semester hours with an institutional GPA of at least 3.0 are on the Dean’s List.

Bradley Uzokwe of Rex was named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at Georgia Southwestern State University.

Georgia Military College at Fairburn recently announced several Clayton County residents were tapped for academic distinction for the spring 2014 quarter.

Its President’s List included Usiosefe Chia of Ellenwood; Sele Gyang of Conley; Olasunkanmi Akerele and Kiara Daniel, both of Jonesboro; Sarah Nkansah and Folake Oduroye, both of Riverdale. Each were so named for attaining GPAs at 3.7 or higher.

The Dean’s List comprised Quyen Vong of Forest Park; Adenike Akintokun and Charlene Fraser, both of Jonesboro; Evelyn Adesina, Jim Carlisle, Debbian Clark and Dara Fisher, all of Riverdale. They maintained GPAs between 3.2 and 3.69 for the quarter.

Christopher Carlisle of Rex was named to the spring 2014 semester President’s List at Farmingdale State College. Full-time students who obtain a grade point average of 3.75 or higher are recognized on the President’s List.

Scott to host annual Health Fair in August

U.S. Congressman David Scott recently announced that he will host his 10th Annual Health Fair on Saturday, Aug.16.

The event, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., will be at Mundy’s Mill High, 9652 Fayetteville Road in Jonesboro. It will feature free health screenings and information provided by the region’s leading healthcare providers and organizations.

For information about the screenings, speakers and healthcare providers, visit www.davidscott.house.gov or call 770-210-5073.

Military notes

Ensign Josie Lynne Lenny of Jonesboro is serving aboard USS George Washington CVN-73 as a supply officer working as a business and logistics manager. Lenny has been in the Navy a year, is a 2005 graduate of Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy and 2009 graduate of the University of Georgia.