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​State School Superintendent Richard Woods appoints parents to advisory council

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

INTERESTED PARENTS: Jason Clay, Parent Engagement Communications Specialist, (404) 656-2633, jclay@doe.k12.ga.us

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September 12, 2016 – State School Superintendent Richard Woods has appointed sixteen new parents to serve on his 2016-2017 Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC).

 

A total of 24 members of the Superintendent’s PAC are parents that were nominated by their local school districts. New members are selected each year by representatives of the Georgia Department of Education based on the applicants’ responses to questions on engaging parents to ensure their children’s success at school. Once selected, members serve a two-year term on the council.

 

“Feedback received through the Parent Advisory Council is an essential part of our decision-making process here at the GaDOE,” Superintendent Woods said. “Parents are their children’s first teachers, and we must partner with them to ensure we’re providing the best possible education for every child.”

 

As members of the council, parents will meet two times during the school year with Superintendent Woods to give input on the development of Georgia’s state plan in implementing the new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For more information about ESSA, visit http://gadoe.org/essa.

 

In addition to the 24 PAC members, six parent representatives are the 2016 winners of the Georgia Parent Leadership Awards who serve as honorary, one-year members on the PAC in recognition of their contributions to Georgia’s public schools. The council also includes members from various educational organizations across the state. Those organizations are: 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 was held on September 12, 2016. The Superintendent’s PAC will have the opportunity to speak with Superintendent Woods about ESSA.

 

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.

 

2016-2017 Superintendent’s

Parent Advisory Council

District Nominated Members

First Name

Last Name

School District

Term

Frank

Bennett

Bartow

Second Year

Margaret A.

Bloodworth

Pulaski

First Year

Anna

Bullard

Toombs

Second Year

Chris

Carey

Rome City

First Year

Chris

Clegg

Lincoln

First Year

John D.

Cline

Cherokee

First Year

Rhonda

DeFrancesco

Rockdale

First Year

Ruth

Edwards

Stewart

First Year

Kevin

Gray

Baldwin

Second Year

Carol F.

Harrell

Dougherty

First Year

Maria

Hernandez

Coweta

Second Year

L. Michelle

Hinton

DeKalb

Second Year

Michelle

Knight

Griffin-Spalding

First Year

Ashley

Moore

Burke

First Year

Melissa

Moore

Marietta City

First Year

Aurelia

Moss

Effingham

First Year

Amy

Peterson

State Schools-Atlanta Area School for the Deaf

First Year

Estelle

Ramos

Savannah-Chatham

First Year

Tiffany

Roath

Fannin

Second Year

Jennifer

Thomas

Paulding

First Year

Allen

Thornhill, Jr.

Thomas

First Year

LaVesta

Washington

Fayette

Second Year

Jeanine

Webster

Tift

First Year

Jack

Yarbrough

Ware

Second Year

Georgia Parent Leadership Award Members

First Name

Last Name

City

Stacey

Orr

Villa Rica

Philemon

Maliro

Norcross

Cassandra

Robinson-Wint

Savannah

Anthony

Macon

Savannah

Sherry

Chadwick

Dawsonville

Tara

Donaldson

Woodbine

State Organization Members

Parent to Parent of Georgia

Communities In Schools of Georgia

Georgia Parent Teacher Association

United Way of Greater Atlanta

Georgia Family Connection Partnership

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

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