We continue our look at the Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education winners with a profile of Dr. Anthony Dorsey, principal at R.N. Fickett Elementary School for the past three years. During his tenure, Fickett has received several awards. In 2008, APS Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall recognized Fickett for achieving 70 percent of the district’s assigned instructional targets. That same year, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue awarded Fickett the Platinum Award for Greatest Gains, which recognizes students whose achievement ranks in the 98th percentile of greatest gains. Fickett was named a 2009 “No Excuses School” by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. In addition, Fickett received a KaBOOM! playground in 2009.
Prior to Fickett, Dr. Dorsey served as a teacher and assistant principal at Ralph J. Bunche Middle, and assistant principal at Cleveland Avenue Elementary. Before moving to Atlanta, Dr. Dorsey taught in Englewood, N.J., and has been a public school educator for 18 years.
Dr. Dorsey graduated from Hampton University in 1992 majoring in elementary education. He received a master’s degree (1996), a specialist degree (2000) and a Ph.D. (2009) in educational leadership — all from Georgia State University. Dr. Dorsey is married to Monica Dorsey, and they have two children: Tyler (6) and Andrew (4).
In an effort to enhance the environment of Fickett’s autistic sensory classroom, Dr. Dorsey’s plans for his Atlanta Families’ Award is to construct a 21st century interactive sensory lab for students in the Program for Exceptional Children. The interactive lab will house the latest technological, visual, tactile and sensory equipment which will inspire special needs learners to explore through active participation while learning through their environment. The 21st century interactive lab aims to promote experiential learning among Fickett’s autistic population.
“We’re trying to provide more stimuli and tactile experiences for autistic students,” Dr. Dorsey said, who has 14 such students and 42 overall in the PEC program at Fickett.