Meet Atlanta Families Award winner Elizabeth Emerson

Atlanta Public Schools first grade teacher Elizabeth Emerson was not quite sure what to think when new Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen invited Emerson to join her center stage Thursday afternoon. Moments earlier, Carstarphen surprised Emerson when she announced to the Springdale Park Elementary audience that they were there to celebrate Emerson’s exemplary... Continue Reading →

Meet Stephanie Johnson, an Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education Winner

By Kimberly Willis Green Stephanie Stephens Johnson, Ed.S, principal of Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School, an International Baccalaureate school, is a recipient of the 2014 Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education.  Johnson is the only principal from Atlanta Public Schools to receive the honor this year. Proud Principal Stephanie Johnson has earned her title... Continue Reading →

Meet Atlanta Families Award winner Jennifer Freeman

Jennifer Freeman, a seventh grade science teacher at KIPP STRIVE Academy is an Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) winner for the 2014 school year. One of two winners today, Ms. Freeman will use the award to fund a leadership program for students who struggle with poor character choices. Freeman is one of six APS educators awarded... Continue Reading →

2014 Atlanta Families’ Awards nominations and applications now open

Nominate an excellent teacher, assistant principal or principal for the 2014 Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE)!  The AFAEE was founded in 2005 as a way to recognize the “best of the best” in Atlanta Public Schools and retain top educators to the district.  This year, we are excited to announce the AFAEE... Continue Reading →

Atlanta Families’ Award blitz gives KIPP teacher “shock of a lifetime”

As KIPP STRIVE and KIPP VISION teacher Amber Stewart stayed up Monday night preparing for what her principal referred to as a meeting with a concerned parent, representatives from the Atlanta Families’ Award for Educational Excellence (AFAEE) were finalizing a secret plan to surprise her at work the next day to announce that she was a... Continue Reading →

Atlanta Families bestows major honor on KIPP WAYS leader

The KIPP WAYS school band and scores of excited students were on hand when representatives from the Atlanta Families Awards for Exellence in Education (AFAEE) surprised KIPP WAYS principal Dwight Ho-Sang and presented him with an oversized check for $7,500 to celebrate his commitment to excellence and to Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students. Similar scenarios played out at nine... Continue Reading →

AAFE winner Kelly Petrello: “Award will change our classroom for the rest of the year”

This year, Garden Hills fifth-grade teacher Kelly Petrello celebrates her 10th year in education at Atlanta Public Schools (APS), and the Atlanta Families' Award for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) has helped make it a year Petrello won’t forget.  Petrello was one of only 10 APS educators to win the 2013 AFAEE honor, which recognizes outstanding... Continue Reading →

AFAEE Award recognizes Corendis Hardy for bringing creativity to Douglass students

The local nonprofit Atlanta Families’ Award for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) announced Tuesday that Douglass High School teacher Corendis Hardy was one of 10 Atlanta Public Schools’ educators named 2013 AFAEE winners, an award that recognizes and honors outstanding educators in APS in a way that informs and engages the community. Hardy began her service... Continue Reading →

Principal Alison Shelton of Centennial Place Wins Atlanta Families’ Award

On October 29th, Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) surprised Alison Shelton, principal of Centennial Place Elementary School, with a $7,500 award in front of students, faculty, partners and administrators. This award will fund the CPrizEs Project, a rewards system to increase parental involvement and student engagement at Centennial Place. “I’m super excited... Continue Reading →

Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education surprises Brianne Turgeon at Springdale Park with $7,500 Award

Brianne Turgeon, music teacher at Springdale Park Elementary School, is one of 10 APS educators to win the Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE). AFAEE announced the award in a surprise celebration at Springdale Park, and presented Turgeon with a $7,500 check to fund The Science in Music Project, a professional development opportunity,... Continue Reading →

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