Note: The following photos were taken at the Cobb County School Board Meeting on February 15, 2018. Chief of Staff Dr. Kevin Daniel presented these students and staff to the Board for special recognition. Excerpts from the recognition announcements are included with the photos below.
Class AAAAAA Boys Cross Country State Champion — Adrian Hernandez, Allatoona High School
Allatoona High School’s Adrian Hernandez is the 2017 Class AAAAAA Boys Cross Country State Champion.
Adrian also won the 2017 Class Class AAAAAA boys runner of the year award from the Georgia Track and Field and Cross County Coaches Association.
The Board and Superintendent congratulated Adrian for his Cross Country success. Principal John Kelly and Coach Patrick Parsons joined Adrian for the recognition.
Class AAAAAA Boys Track 200m State Champion — Jacob Smith, Allatoona High School
Allatoona High School’s Jacob Smith is the 2017 Class AAAAAA Boys Track 200m State Champion. Jacob won the race in 21.42 seconds. He was also the state runner-up in the 400m. For his success during the 2016-2017 school year, Jacob was named the Marietta Daily Journal Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
The Board and Superintendent recognized Jacob along with Allatoona Principal John Kelly and Coach Patrick Parsons.
Georgia Tech FIRST LEGO League Championship Research Award — Kemp Elementary School
The Board and Superintendent had the pleasure of recognizing Kemp Elementary School for winning the Georgia Tech FIRST LEGO League Championship Research Award.
The judges commended the student team for having exemplary problem identification, source information, and extensive problem-analysis skills.
The Kemp team secured a spot at the state championship because of their performance at the regional and super-regional competitions. The student team members include Nolan Burr, Joshua Craig, Zachary Morling, Isabel Malcom, Garrett Carlin, and Paige Mills.
The Kemp state champions joined the Board for recognition along with Sarah Kessel, K-12 supervisor of advanced learning; Principal Shea Thomas; Anna Dickinson, advanced learning program teacher; and Dr. Sally Creel, STEM and Innovation supervisor.
National School Counselor Week
The American School Counselor Association designated February 5-9 as National School Counseling Week. So, the Board and Superintendent honored Cobb’s dedicated team of school counselors and recognized the tremendous impact they have in helping students achieve school and career success.
In recognition of the counselors’ commitment to Cobb students, the following people were recognized: Counselor Supervisor Gail Smith; Missy Marsh, school counseling consultant; and school counselors Kelli Beechler, Katie Bower, Myesha Davis, Barbara Truluck, Lauren Holland, Kaley June Tanner, Patrick Burch, Dr. Dawn Robinson, Corey Tinsley, Shiree Webb, Julynn Williams-Chandler, and Jewell Betts.
2017 Elementary School Level Counselor of the Year
The Board and Superintendent congratulated Kelli Beechler of Dowell Elementary School for being named the Cobb County School District Elementary Level Counselor of the Year.
Dowell Principal, Christine Dinizio, joined Kelli along with counselor Carolyn Angresano and Counseling Supervisor Gail Smith.
2017 Middle School Level Counselor of the Year
The Board and Superintendent also had the opportunity to recognize the Middle School Counselor of the Year: Katie Bower of Lovinggood Middle School.
The following people joined Katie for the recognition: Counseling Supervisor Gail Smith; Lovinggood counselor Myesha Davis and assistant principals Dr. Nicole Sheppard-Floyd and Sandy Cox.
American School Counselor Association Recognized ASCA Model Program
The American School Counselor Association recently named two Cobb Schools as Recognized ASCA Model Programs, also known as RAMP. This designation indicates that school counseling teams are committed to student success by delivering comprehensive, data-driven programs.
The following schools and personnel were recognized as being RAMP repicients. (Counseling Supervisor Gail Smith joined the honorees.)
- Palmer Middle School: Principal Lisa Jackson and counselors Barbara Truluck and Lauren Holland; and 2016-2017 team member, Kaley June Tanner.
- Pebblebrook High School: Principal Travis Joshua; Robin Dowdy, assistant principal over the Guidance Department; Patrick Burch, department chair; and counselors Dawn Robinson, Corey Tinsley, Shiree Webb, and Julynn Williams-Chandler.
Georgia Science Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Science Teachers Association — Sean Splawski, Mableton Elementary School
The Georgia Science Teachers Association named Sean Splawski the Georgia Science Teacher of the Year. Sean is the STEAM teacher at Mableton Elementary School and a recent winner of a Cobb Tank grant to help his students get active with the use of personal fitness bands.
The Science Teacher of the Year award is presented to a Master Teacher in Georgia who models excellence in the profession and in life and serves beyond the classroom.
The Board and Superintendent congratulated Sean along with the following people for their contribution to student success: Mableton Principal Pamela Cain; Dr. Sally Creel, STEM and Innovation supervisor; and Christian Cali, science supervisor.
47 Years of Service — Ronnie West, CCSD Department of Transportation
The Board and Superintendent had the pleasure of recognizing a member of the Transportation Department who has served 47 years. Ronnie West has been a valuable member of the school district family.
In addition to honoring Ronnie for his years of service, the Board and Superintendent also thanked Ronnie’s family and the following Transportation staff: Rick Grisham, executive director of transportation, and Mike Warner, associate director of fleet maintenance.