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Congrats to our Gates Millennium Scholars

April 28, 2015

Atlanta Public Schools is proud to announce 17 students from the class of 2015 have been named Gates Millennium Scholars! Gates Scholars receive full financial support for the cost of their college education as well as graduate school funding in the areas of mathematics, public health, science, library science, and engineering and computer science education. …

Celebrate Mathematics Awareness and Education Month!

April 21, 2015

The month of April is Mathematics Awareness and Education Month, and I don’t think math education has ever been as important for our students’ success in college, career and life as it is right now.  I’m so proud that APS was represented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ annual conference in Boston. These…

A New Era at E. Rivers Elementary

April 2, 2015

  The newly rebuilt E. Rivers Elementary School is almost 100 years old! I was honored to participate in their ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning, my first ribbon cutting since arriving in the district – it was a historic moment that was not lost on me. During the ceremony we heard from current students, alumni, staff,…

Gold Crown, Quill and Scroll and Pacemaker Awards Equal Historic Year for the Grady High School Journalism Department

March 31, 2015

I am so proud of the up and coming journalists at Grady High School. The school’s newspaper, The Southerner, has received the 2015 Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Crown Award!  As the former editor of my high school’s newspaper and former photo journalist for an international publication, my love of reporting runs deep,  and I can truly…

Teacher Appreciation Day at the High Museum of Art – Saturday, March 21, 2015

March 20, 2015

APS Teachers, join fellow educators for Teacher Appreciation Day at the High Museum of Art – Saturday, March 21, 2015! This Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.,  the High Museum of Art is celebrating educators with their annual Teacher Appreciation Day.  Teacher Appreciation Day is the High’s “Thank you!” to all of our APS teachers.  I am a new member of the…

Grady Debaters prove themselves to be best in state

March 11, 2015

As a former high school debater, I know all too well how hard it is to win big at the state level.  I would like to give the students, staff and principal of Grady High School a standing ovation for winning this weekend at the Georgia Forensic Championship tournament. The Grady High School Speech and…

Positioning the District for a New Direction

March 3, 2015

In my experiences as a superintendent, I have come to believe that where a district puts its money, speaks volumes about what it values—this is why I take the budgeting process so seriously. I spend a great deal of time getting very hands-on and really knowing where we are going to spend our tax dollars.…

Our Kids Have Heart: APS Competes in the 2015 Special Olympics State Indoor Winter Games

February 5, 2015

Congratulations to our APS Special Olympic athletes that participated in the State Indoor Winter Games last weekend! Richard Hannor from Carver competed in singles bowling and brought home the gold medal!  He encountered some really tough competition, but rolled enough strikes and spares to come out in first place.  His coach is Janis Richards of…

West Point Hosts LEADS Conference for APS Students

January 30, 2015

Last Friday, 171 APS middle and high school students attended a Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity in STEM “LEADS” Conference at North Atlanta High School, hosted by the United States Military Academy at West Point.  The guest speaker for the conference was our very own Dr. Timothy Gadson, associate superintendent of High Schools!  During the event,…

APS Locksmith Gains National Recognition

January 26, 2015

I would like to take time to recognize Ms. Kelly Kyzer who was featured in this month’s edition of the Locksmith Ledger, an industry trade magazine which focuses on safety and security.  She’s one of the women changing the face of the locksmith business! For the past nine years Kelly has been in charge of…