Neighborhood Celebration: Check out Parkside Elementary

Nestled in the Grant Park neighborhood, Parkside Elementary is just a stone’s throw from the Oct. 2 Neighborhood Celebration‘s host school, Maynard H. Jackson High. We love Parkside for its diverse student population and its excellent principal, Dr. Phillip Luck. And we also love the fact that last summer Parkside served as the host site for the exciting Xanadu Gifted and Talented program — one of several facets of a dynamic partnership with the Woodruff Arts Center. (Check out the video and blog post we did over the summer.)

And as we continue looking at the participating schools at the Neighborhood Celebration, we have to say we love Parkside Elementary’s dedicated teachers. There’s the award-winning Armelia Ray Braddy, who over the summer was named one of three Georgia physical-education teachers to be honored by HealthPowers, for promoting healthy choices in her school. “Mrs. Braddy is one of our greatest assets,” said Dr. Luck in this blog post. ” … her job sets the standard  for others to follow.” There’s also Ronnie Thomas (pictured, above), last year’s Parkside Teacher of the Year, who is such a star teacher that he earned a scholarship to attend the 2010 Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy (HE@SA) program this June. Here are this thoughts on the experience.

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