We are very proud of our Council members!  This is an impressive group so stay tuned as we provide a closer look when they are in the news! Congratulations!

Dr. Michele Taylor, superintendent of Calhoun City Schools has been named a finalist for the title of National Superintendent of the Year.  Dr. Taylor recently joined the Georgia Partnership Council. Congratulations, Dr. Taylor!

Teacher and state legislator Amy Carter from Valdosta and Lowndes County has been a long-time friend of the Georgia Partnership.  Georgia Trend Magazine named her one of four "Power Women of 2013" in their June issue. The author notes, "These four bring intelligence, commitment and hard work to the causes they believe in and work for." Congratulations, Amy!

Long-time Partnership Board member and now Council member Neil Shorthouse, was recently honored by the Georgia Council on Economic Education with their annual VanLandingham Award.  The honor, presented at the organization's annual meeting, was created in 1993 to recognize the long-term commitment of Bill VanLandingham to education in general and GCEE in particular.

Neil, President and Founder of Communities in Schools, has devoted his life to improving the lives of at-risk children.  This award is a fitting tribute to a man who leads by example.  From all of us at the Georgia Partnership, congratulations, Neil!!!

Dr. Laurie Barron, former principal of Coweta County's Smokey Road Middle School, and the Met Life/National Assn. of Secondary School Principals National Principal of the Year in 2012, has accepted the superintendent's position in Kalispell, Montana!  We first got to know Laurie in 2010 when the annual Bus Trip Across Georgia visited Smokey Road.  We knew immediately we needed her expertise on the Council.  She was always there for us when we called.  We will miss her!

Dr. Bob Heaberlin, principal of Coweta County's Lee Middle School, has been named the Association of Middle Level Education's Distinguished Educator of the Year (2012).  This is but the latest in a long list of awards for the life-long educator.  Here's the story.  Congratulations, "Dr. Bob!"

Another Coweta County middle school principal, Dr. Laurie Barron, also has a long list of awards.  The latest honor for the Smokey Road Middle School principal came last summer when she was named the 2013 National Middle Level Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School principals (NASSP) and MetLife. Here's the story.

Moral of the stories... if you have a middle school-age child(ren), consider moving to Coweta County!  Congratulations to Laurie and Bob!

Council Members Lead the Way

Council member Lourie Owens, a 4th grade teacher at Mattie Lively Elementary School in Statesboro, could easily be called the "poster child" representing Georgia's great teachers. Why? Check out this video for the answer.  We salute Lourie for her commitment and dedication to her students!

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Meet the 2013 Georgia Partnership Council

This distinguished group of Georgians serves as an advisory group for us across the state.  They are our eyes and ears when it comes to topical education issues in their communities.

They are nominated by either staff, Board or other Council members and are approved by a vote of the Board of Directors.  Their professional expertise and commitment to public education is a force multiplier for the Georgia Partnership.

We are honored to have them as members of our extended team.

Meet them now!