Note: The following photos were taken at the Cobb County School Board Meeting on August 16, 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.
Cobb County School District KidTalk Winner – Siddant Ajit Mahapatra, East Side Elementary School
During the August 16, 2018 board meeting, Cobb KidTalk winner Siddhant Ajit Mahapatra led the Board of Education and community members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Part of Siddhant’s winning KidTalk speech explained why the Pledge of Allegiance inspired him.
Class AAAAAA Baseball State Champions – Pope High School
Pope High School’s baseball team captured the title of Class AAAAAA State Champions for the second year in a row!
The 2018 State Champions, who were ranked #8 in the Nation, defended their state title against Allatoona High School. This was the third straight year Pope’s team played in the state championship.
Class AAAAAA GADA Director’s Cup for Boys – Allatoona High School
Allatoona High School won the Class AAAAAA Director’s Cup for Boys from the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association.
The award is given annually to the most successful athletic departments in the state.
The Board and Superintendent Chris Ragsdale congratulated Principal Candace Wilkes and Athletic Director Amie Howard for the success of Allatoona’s Athletic Department.
Class AAAAAAA GADA Director’s Cup for Girls – Walton High School
Walton High School won the Class AAAAAAA Director’s Cup for Girls from the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association.
Winning the award crowns Walton as being the top athletic department in the state for girls’ sports.
Walton Athletic Director Dr. Chris Williams joined the Board and Superintendent in recognition of Walton’s achievement.
Georgia Student Technology Competition Champion for 3D Modeling – Patrick Duckett, North Cobb High School
North Cobb High School student Patrick Duckett is the Georgia Student Technology Competition Champion for 3D Modeling.
The goal of the competition is to challenge students like Patrick to become leaders in a digital age.
The following people joined Patrick when he was honored by the Board: Principal Matthew Moody, Assistant Principal Mary Goodwin; Sheryl Cox, CTAE Department Leader; Michael Barcarse, SkillsUSA Adviser; and Jackie Brown, CTAE Supervisor.
National Skills USA Champion for Plumbing – Nolan Moore, a graduate of North Cobb High School
North Cobb High School graduate Nolan Moore was crowned the National Skills USA Champion for Plumbing.
After representing North Cobb High School in the state competition, Nolan advanced to the national competition where he out-performed all the other plumbing students in the country.
North Cobb Principal Matthew Moody; Assistant Principal Mary Goodwin; Sheryl Cox, CTAE Department Leader; Michael Barcarse, SkillsUSA Adviser; and Jackie Brown, CTAE Supervisor joined Nolan for his Board recognition.
Georgia Middle School Science Olympiad State Champions– Dodgen Middle School
The Board was excited to recognize Dodgen Middle School as Georgia Middle School Science Olympiad State Champions.
After winning at the state competition, Dodgen went on to compete in the National Science Olympiad Tournament in June. The team placed first in meteorology and finished in the top 10 for Road Scholar and Dynamic Planet categories.
Principal Dr. Loralee Hill represented the winning Dodgen team for the Board recognition. Unfortunately, the Dodgen Olympiad Champions were unable to attend.
AdvancED STEM Certification – Big Shanty Intermediate School
Big Shanty Intermediate School was recognized for achieving AdvancEd STEM certification. As the internationally recognized mark of quality for STEM schools and programs, the AdvancED certification highlights Big Shanty’s commitment to STEM education and preparing students for future STEM careers.
The Board and Superintendent recognized the following people for Big Shanty’s success: Dr. Sally Creel, STEM and Innovation Supervisor; Christian Cali, Science Supervisor; Michelle Mikes, Mathematics Supervisor; Big Shanty Principal Kelly Luscre; Assistant Principal Kendall Keesling; curriculum specialist Betsey Olotka; and the following teachers: Jamee Thurmond, Emily Hutto, Traci Montague, Amanda Janney, Lindsay Robichaux, and Bill McAllsiter.
Cobb STEM Certification: Vaughan Elementary School
The Cobb STEM Certification process is designed to recognize schools or programs within schools that support quality STEM-enriched learning opportunities, as well as provide schools with clear guidelines and criteria to support them along their STEM journey. The Board and Superintendent recognized Vaughan Elementary School for earning the county’s STEM Certification.
The Board congratulated the following people for Vaughan’s success: Dr. Sally Creel, STEM and Innovation Supervisor; Christian Cali, Science Supervisor; Michelle Mikes, Mathematics Supervisor; Vaughan Principal Dr. Shannon McGill; Zachary Mathis, assistant principal; Christy Garvin, Advanced Learning Program Specialist; and Stacy Pitts, STEM Lab Instructor.
Teacher of the Year: Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Dawn Harrell
The Cobb County School District Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Dawn Harrell, who has been helping students succeed for 13 years. The Nickajack Elementary School teacher loves everything about her job as a special education teacher, and it shows.
The Board and Superintendent thanked Dawn for her dedication to Cobb students. Her family, Principal Laura Meyer, and special education teacher Kristine Mathews joined the Elementary School Teacher of the Year for the special recognition.
Teacher of the Year: High School Teacher of the Year, Rachel Sanford
The Cobb High School Teacher of the Year is dedicated to serving not only the academic needs of her students but also their emotional needs. Rachel Sanford has spent almost two decades helping students become better citizens of the world. For much of her time as an educator, she has supported students at Harrison High School.
The Board and Superintendent invited Rachel and her principal, Ashlynn Campbell, to come forward to be recognized for achieving the remarkable honor of being named the High School Teacher of the Year!
Teacher of the Year: Middle School Teacher of the Year, Fred Veeder
The Board and Superintendent also recognized not only the Middle School Level Teacher of the Year, but our District Level Teacher of the Year—Fred Veeder! One student described the Dodgen Middle School math teacher as one out of seven billion. His fellow educators describe him as awesome and amazing. After 16 years at Dodgen, they view him as a teaching mentor.
For his success inside the classroom, the Board and Superintendent thanked him for his dedication and success inside the classroom. Dodgen Principal Dr. Loralee Hill joined Dodgen’s dedicated teacher as he was honored as the Cobb District Level Teacher of the Year.
40 Years of Service Pin Presentation:
The following people have been part of the Cobb County School District team for not just 10 years, 20 years or even 30 years. The dedicated members of Cobb’s Transportation Department have served for 40 years!
- Betty Stroup is one of our valued bus drivers who gets our students safely to and from school. She started her service on April 20, 1979.
- As a mechanic, Robert Kerley helps to keep our buses rolling. He has been a member of our team since January 4, 1979.
In addition to family and coworkers, Rick Grisham, Executive Director of Transportation, and John Lyles, Associate Director of Transportation, joined them for their Board recognition.