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2015-2016 Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council announced

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358, mcardoza@gadoe.org;

Interested Parents: Amy Park, Parent Engagement Program Manager, (404) 463-1956, apark@doe.k12.ga.us

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October 21, 2015 -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods today appointed eight new parents to serve on his 2015-2016 Parent Advisory Council (PAC). 

The Superintendent’s PAC has 30 members, all parents who were nominated by their local school districts. New members are selected each year by a committee of Georgia Department of Education representatives based on the applicants’ responses to questions on engaging parents and building parent capacity to ensure student success. Once selected, members serve a two-year term on the council.

“Parents are a child’s first teacher and they are no less influential once that child enters school,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “It is essential that we partner with parents to ensure we’re providing the best possible education for every child. My Parent Advisory Council allows me to hear those parent voices and incorporate their feedback into my decision-making.” 

As members of the council, parents will meet three times during the school year with Superintendent Woods to discuss public education in the state. Their primary focus will be increasing parent and family engagement to foster academic success for students, particularly in Georgia’s Title I schools. 

The PAC allows parents to gain information and provide feedback on new educational policies and projects that affect students and families. Members of the Superintendent's PAC will return to their districts to share the outcomes of the meetings and serve as advisors and ambassadors in their respective communities and schools. 

In addition to the 30 members appointed by local districts, the six 2014-2015 winners of the Georgia Parent Leadership Awards serve as honorary, one-year members on the PAC. The council also includes representatives of Georgia PTA, Communities in Schools of Georgia, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Parent to Parent of Georgia, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

The first meeting will be held October 26, 2015. Members of the Superintendent’s PAC will have the opportunity to speak with Superintendent Woods in a group forum, hear presentations on various educational programs, and engage in collaborative work groups to provide input on the upcoming statewide Family Engagement Conference scheduled for February 4-6, 2016 in Athens, GA.

For more information about the PAC, visit the Georgia Department of Education Superintendent’s PAC Webpage at http://www.gadoe.org/School-Improvement/Federal-Programs/Pages/Parent-Advisory-Council.aspx 

 

2015-2016 Superintendent’s

Parent Advisory Council

 

District-Nominated Members

 

First Name

Last Name

School District

Term

Loli

Anderson

Burke County Public Schools

Second Year

Terrilyn

Ball

Valdosta City Schools

Second Year

Amy

Barrington-Bryant

Crisp County School System

Second Year

Frank

Bennett

Bartow County School System

First Year

Anna

Bullard

Toombs County Schools

First Year

Patricia

Chisholm

Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools

Second Year

Penny

Clevenger

Paulding County School District

Second Year

Shikera

Cook

Marietta City Schools

Second Year

LaTonja

Dotson

Terrell County Schools

Second Year

Allyson

Dozier

Fulton County Schools

Second Year

Kevin

Gray

Baldwin County Schools

First Year

Amber

Gibson

Stewart County School District

Second Year

Kelly

Golden

Tift County Schools

Second Year

Cassandra Leah

Hazlewood

Cherokee County School District

Second Year

Maria

Hernandez

Coweta County School System

First Year

Loren

Hinton

DeKalb County School District

First Year

Ann

Malkoc

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Second Year

Katie

Olson

Bulloch County Schools

Second Year

Kathy

Peaden

Griffin-Spalding County Schools

Second Year

Janet

Porter

Atlanta Area School for the Deaf

Second Year

Tiffany

Roath

Fannin County School System

First Year

Tynesha

Rowland

Greene County Schools

Second Year

Leah

Smith

Thomas County Schools

Second Year

B. J.

Starling

Floyd County Schools

Second Year

Kelly

Strickland-Raney

Butts County School District

Second Year

Sheila R.

Thomas

Dougherty County School System

Second Year

Wendy

Underwood

Liberty County School System

Second Year

LaVesta

Washington

Fayette County Public Schools

First Year

Brigitte Y.

Willis

Columbia County School District

Second Year

Jack

Yarbrough

Ware County Schools

First Year

 

Georgia Parent Leadership Award Members

First Name

Last Name

School District

Crystal

Eplin

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Melinda

Gittleman

Marietta City Schools

Antwan

McKee

Atlanta Public Schools

Lori

Rowe

Tift County Schools

Towana

Walker-Miller

Camden County Schools

Tyesha

Whitley

Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools

 

State Organization Members

Parent to Parent of Georgia

Communities in Schools of Georgia

Georgia PTA

United Way of Greater Atlanta

Georgia Family Connection Partnership

Bright From the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

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