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 →

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 →

Tiffany Stembridge-Taylor of Washington High School-Early College wins Atlanta Families’ Award

Tiffany Stembridge-Taylor, a math teacher at Washington High School-Early College, was shocked and overwhelmed with joy as she was presented with a check for $7,500 from Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE). This award includes  funding for a professional development opportunity, a personal stipend, and  funding for a school project. Mrs. Stembridge-Taylor’s project... Continue Reading →

Jennifer Hall of Brown Middle School awarded Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education

Jennifer Hall, a seventh and eighth grade gifted language arts teacher at Brown Middle School, was one of 10 APS educators who received a surprise from Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE). Ms. Hall was awarded a check for $7,500, which includes funding for a school project  ($3,500), funding for a professional development... Continue Reading →

Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education presents $7,500 to Haena Yoo of Gideons Elementary

Ms. Haena Yoo, a first grade teacher at Gideons Elementary, was honored before friends, family, colleagues, and her students for her unwavering dedication and exemplary performance in the classroom. Ms. Yoo received a check for $7,500 from Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE). “I was really surprised, grateful and humbled, because I know... Continue Reading →

Jennifer Lockwood of Springdale Park awarded Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education

Jennifer Lockwood, a fourth grade teacher at Springdale Park Elementary School, has been named an Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) winner for the 2013 school year. Ms. Lockwood will use the award to fund her Full STEAM Ahead with Learning project.  Lockwood is one of 10 APS educators awarded $7,500 for innovative classroom... Continue Reading →

KIPP STRIVE and Atlanta Families’ Award Winner Host 5K Dash

APS charter schools  KIPP STRIVE Academy and KIPP STRIVE Primary School conducted their first annual 5K Dash on Saturday, September 21, 2013. There were over 150 participants ranging in age from newborn to 83.  This event raised more than $1,500 to provide students with an international travel experience. Math teacher Stephanie Jones, a 2012 Atlanta Families’... Continue Reading →

Teacher Lyndsey Collins’ hard work helps bring Lisa Jackson, EPA to Coretta Scott King YWLA

Environmentally conscious initiatives throughout Atlanta Public Schools continually receive national attention, so it wasn't the biggest surprise to see Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson come to town as part of weeklong celebration of the EPA's 40th anniversary. Still, teacher Lyndsey Collins had to be especially proud. Collins is a science teacher for seventh-graders at... Continue Reading →

Meet the Atlanta Families’ Awards winners: Rendell Jackson

We continue our Atlanta Families' Awards for Excellence in Education winners with a look at Rendell Jackson, a physical-education teacher at King Middle School. Jackson is in his third year at King, after teaching in the Douglas and Fulton county school systems. A former pro football player in the Arena and Canadian football leagues, Jackson is also a published... Continue Reading →

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