The Tommy Nobis Center held its 11th annual Galaxy of Stars Luncheon and Tommy Awards last month; the evening’s highest honor, the Governor’s Award, was presented to Kelly Bramblett, special education teacher at Allatoona High School! The Galaxy of Stars Awards recognize individuals with disabilities and their outstanding accomplishments, and honors individuals, companies and organizations that champion their inclusion through support, mentorship or employment.
Kelly Bramblett was honored earlier in the ceremony in the Professional Advocacy category, for her service to students with special needs in Cobb County Schools. A graduate of Campbell High School, Kelly has taught students at Birney Elementary, Kennesaw Mountain High School and at the new Allatoona High School. While teaching at Kennesaw Mountain, she and colleague Stephanie Barber developed the ‘Serving Up Success’ program, which teaches transition, vocation and social skills to students with disabilities. The pair set up a coffee shop at the school, which students operate as part of their career preparation. Ms. Bramblett expanded the program to Allatoona in the school’s first year.
Ms. Bramblett was selected from all of the advocacy award winners to receive the Governor’s Award. A select panel of judges from the business, education and government sectors review nominees for each category and selects winners for each, as well as the Governor’s Award winner. For more than three decades, The Tommy Nobis Center has provided job training and employment for people with disabilities. For more information, visit the organization’s Web site.