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Superintendent Bryant Names Parent Advisory Council Members

 MEDIA CONTACT : Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358,  mcardoza@gadoe.org  - Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook     September 27, 2010  -- State Superintendent of Schools Brad Bryant today named 28 parents from all over Georgia to serve on his Parent Advisory Council (PAC).   As members of the council, these parents will meet three times this year with the State Superintendent to discuss education issues in Georgia. Their primary focus will be increasing parent and family engagement to ensure student success.   “Parents play a vital role in the education of their children,” Superintendent Bryant said. “I look forward to working with these parents and seeking their advice on how to encourage and strengthen parental involvement in our state.”   The meetings will allow parents to provide feedback and input on new policies, projects, and materials that influence students and their families. The Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council will share the information they learn with community members, other families, and schools. They will also serve as advisors and ambassadors in their respective communities.   Parents are nominated to serve on the PAC by their local school district at the beginning of each school year. Members are chosen by a committee of Georgia Department of Education representatives based on the applicant’s response to questions.   The first meeting is on October 6, 2010 and will be held at the Georgia Department of Education.    Parent Advisory Council Members  Stella Abunaw, Douglas County Schools   Majie Bentley, Pulaski County Schools   Becky Bowen, Barrow County Schools   Terri Campbell, Lowndes County Schools   Lupe Crespo, Atlanta Area School for the Deaf   Jennifer Daniel, Carroll County Schools   Jonita Daniels, Dougherty County Schools   Russell Davis, Calhoun City Schools  Starla DeSaussure, Muscogee County Schools   Daphne Enmon, Atlanta Public Schools   Stefanie Frey, Burke County Schools   Dennis Holsey, Sr. Hancock County Schools   Lannae Johnson, Madison County Schools   Angelia Johnson, Forsyth County Schools   Kimberly Lovell, Rabun County Schools   Allison McMahon, Marietta City Schools  Leonard Meadows, Ware County Schools   Christie Medlock, Rockdale County Schools   Julia Purcell Brown, Elbert County Schools   Lisa Roitzsch, Houston County Schools   LaVerne Rome, Valdosta City Schools   Carol Schell, Polk County Schools   Anthony Scott, Gwinnett County Schools   Melissa Smith, Coweta County Schools   Jenni Spears, Harris County Schools   Teresa Vicks Givens, DeKalb County Schools   Keisha Wilkie, Bartow County Schools   Sharal Young, Dooly County Schools    Organizational Members   Julie Hollis, State Director - Georgia PIRC   Donna Kosicki, President-Elect - Georgia PTA   Lori Smith, School Transition Coordinator - Bright from the Start   Debbie Tucker, Executive Director - Parent to Parent   Arianne Weldon, Director of State Partnership Strategies - Georgia Family Connection Partnership