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Superintendent Barge and Georgia PTA Announce the 2013 Georgia Parent Leadership Awards

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358,  

Dorie Turner Nolt, GaDOE Communications Office,  (404) 656-5594,
Michelle Sandrock, Parent Engagement Program Manager, Phone: (404) 232 – 1148,

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Feb. 14, 2013 – The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the Georgia Parent Teacher Association (GA PTA) are recognizing six parents from across the state with the 2013 Georgia Parent Leadership Award.
The award was created by GaDOE and GA PTA to recognize parents for their outstanding leadership in creating a foundation of support for student achievement and success. Research shows parents make a difference in student achievement - no matter the age of their child.
“We know that parent engagement helps create a better learning environment for our students,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “I commend these parents for their leadership and involvement in the education and overall well-being of all the students in their child's school and school district.”
The parents will receive the honor during a ceremony tomorrow at the GaDOE.
The winners are:
·        Tilwana Anderson, Partee Elementary School, Gwinnett County Schools
·        Electria Barnes, Sanders Elementary School, Cobb County Schools
·        Debra Mainor, Hillcrest Elementary School, Dublin City Schools
·        Kellie Martin, Elcan-King Elementary School, Decatur County Schools
·        Capucine Pansy, Eastside Elementary School, Douglas County Schools
·        States Wing, Sharon Elementary School, Forsyth County Schools
Parent leaders are nominated each November during Georgia’s Parent Engagement Month by public school personnel. Any caregiver who assumes the responsibility for nurturing and caring for a student’s entire well-being consisting of educational, emotional, spiritual, and physical health is eligible for the honor.

Parent Leadership Awards are given each year to six parents representing both Title I schools and Non-Title I schools. While all six state winners for 2013 are from elementary schools, parents from all school levels can be nominated.

Winners of the Georgia Parent Leadership Award have opportunities throughout the year to share their story by promoting and assisting parent engagement activities at the state level.

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Details about the Georgia Parent Leadership Award and Winners