Dr. Tim Tyson is the Principal of Mabry Middle School. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois and has been in the field of education for over 25 years. A technology enthusiast, Dr. Tyson began the Mabry Film Festival, when he arrived at Mabry in 2001, as a way to help teachers and students infuse technology into highly engaging learning practices for students.
When he is not traveling, reading, dabbling with photography, digital video, or on the computer, he enjoys arranging and composing music. In fact, most people don't know that he is a published composer. He values creating more beauty in our world in all of the many different forms it can take.
He believes that the most beautiful thing in the world, which is closest to his heart, is helping children reach their highest potential. He challenges students to work hard and do their very best, to strive, to learn and to achieve, to create knowledge and solutions, and to rigorously pursue goals with the utmost integrity so that our world will be a better place for everyone.
Mr. Chris Doemel is the Orchestra teacher at Mabry. He does an excellent job of preparing our students to participate in the Lassiter Orchestra Program. It just so happens that Mr. Doemel's wife is the orchestra director for Lassister High School.
Mr. Doemel was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Southeast Missouri State University and his Master of Music degree from Florida State University. He spent 4 years in the US Army and was stationed at Ft. McPherson in the Forces Command (3rd Army) band.
Mr. Doemel has been a professional musician for 25 years now, playing french horn for his 18th season with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. He has taught a total of 13 years, all in Cobb County, at Nash, Campbell, Dodgen, and Mabry middle schools. This is his 5th year at Mabry.
Under his leadership, the Mabry Symphony has received an invitation to perform at the 2006 Georgia Music Educators Conference, which is a notable honor. He has arranged for the commission of a new work for full orchestra to be premiered at the Georgia Music Educators' Association Conference this year.
Outside of the school day Mr. Doemel stays busy with family activities including traveling and sports. Other interests include coaching youth baseball, teaching religion classes and playing in a community band. When asked for a little-known fact about himself, Mr. Doemel responded, "I used to have really killer hair."
Mr. Tim Graber is one of Mabry's Physical Education coaches. He also teaches Health. He has been a teacher in Cobb County for 9 years, all of them at Mabry. Coach Graber, who grew up in Opelika, Alabama, had two loves in High School: playing offensive tackle for the Opelika Bulldogs and playing lead trumpet in the Opelika High School Jazz and concert bands. He says that it was a blast being able to do Music and Sports.
Coach Graber attended Auburn University and earned two education degrees: a Bachelors Degree in 1994, and a Masters in 1997. As an undergraduate he was a member of The Auburn University Marching Band where, as a freshman in 1989, he got to march in the Inaugural Parade for President George H. Bush.
Mr. Graber's wife is Trellys Graber, one of our 7th grade math teachers. They are the proud parents of twin sons born November 5, 2004. Naturally they spend most of their spare time with them.
Coach Graber is very active with our Intramurals program. He loves team sports.
Mr. David Howard has taught 28 years in Cobb County with 5 of those at Mabry. He presently teaches 7th grade Social Studies on team 7C. He believes that the world is the true classroom for learning and bringing technology into his Social Studies classes allows exploration into all corners of the world. With both parents in education and great teachers in his life, Mr. Howard became a life long learner at an early age. His wife, Angela, is also a middle school educator in Cobb County and he has two sons both in college. Matt is a senior at North Georgia Military College, while Peter is at N. Metro Tech . Mr. Howard loves working with the Boy Scouts (ask him if you need help) and both of his sons have earned their Eagle Scout Award.
His undergraduate degree is from Troy State University and he began his teaching career twenty eight years ago in Cobb County. Mr. Howard has earned his Master's in Middle Grades Education from West Georgia College and his Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia. He is a member in the Phi Delta Kappa Educational Fraternity and was the past president of the Kennesaw Mountain Chapter. Mr. Howard is an active member of the Presbyterian Coalition for Habitat for Humanity and has just completed helping build their 20th house in Cobb Co. All of the homes have been for families that have children that attend Cobb County Schools and Marietta City Schools. He really enjoys seeing the families move into a home that provides a safe and stable environment for the children.
He loves to travel, read biographies , and do wood working. He has a thirst to learn new teaching strategies, new uses of technology, and collaborating with the wonderful Mabry teachers. Mr. Howard has a large collection of ties that the students find interesting. He is eager to lend a helping hand at Mabry with anything that is needed to assist students and staff. He enjoys being part of the school community at Mabry and is proud to be a Charger.
Mr. Jakaitis begins his teaching career teaching 8th grade Social Studies at Mabry Middle School. Having been a student at Mabry and Lassister, he is thrilled to be returning to Mabry as a teacher. He is the head freshmen and assistant varsity coach for the Lassiter Men's Basketball team. On Sunday mornings, Mr. Jakaitis enjoys working with preschool children at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta.
Mr. Jakaitis graduated in 2005 from Kennesaw State University. He enjoys golf, basketball, back packing, and camping.
Mr. Lamar Johnson teaches Business Education and is a graduate of Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he earned his B.S. in Accounting and a teaching certificate in Business Education. He comes to Mabry Middle School from Alpharetta High School in Fulton County where he taught EXCEL and Computer Applications.
The Computer Applications course introduced keyboarding techniques, Internet activities, basic computer applications, and skill-building in the areas of Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Database, and Graphics and Integration. The EXCEL program was a unique motivational class designed to help students reach their academic and personal potential.
Before going to Fulton County, Mr. Johnson taught at Woodstock Middle School, and was the head coach of the Woodstock High School Cross Country team. He even formerly taught middle school Business Education in Cobb County.
When he's not running long distances, or running a marathon (he's completed 8 already), he enjoys spending time with friends, family, and his new wife, Sabrina.
Mr. Charlie Kornegay is one of the outstanding special education teachers at Mabry Middle School. He has been a teacher at Mabry for over 12 years. Mr. Kornegay works with students who have difficulties successfully meeting school expectations or progressing as expected academically. He is adept at matching school requirements with student abilities to assure adequate student learning. Mr. Kornegay also works collaboratively within the faculty to develop and implement individualized student behavior management plans.
Before joining the Mabry faculty, Mr. Kornegay was a career Air Force Officer. During his Air Force career, he was primarily involved with intercontinental ballistic missile operations, providing technical instruction to other officers, and managing major aircraft procurements. Mr. Kornegay has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Illinois State University with concentrations in secondary education, political science, and economics. He holds graduate degrees in Public Administration and Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado and the State University of West Georgia. He is also a graduate of the Air Force's Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.
Mr. Marc Tartaro is the newest addition to the Physical Education coaches at Mabry. This is his third year teaching in Cobb County. Coach Taratro has spent nearly his entire life in North Georgia, attending Teasley Middle School and Cherokee High School. He taught P.E. the past two years at Sprayberry High School and head coached the Swim & Dive team (producing 3 state champions) as well as JV Women's Soccer. Coach Tartaro currently head coaches the Walker Swim & Dive program and is still involved with high school sports.
Coach Tartaro has a pair of undergraduate degrees from Kennesaw State University, which include Psychology and Education. He is also Early Childhood Education certified. He will be beginning a Masters program at the same institution in the spring of 2007. During his tenure at KSU, Coach Tartaro participated in collegiate athletics as a member of the KSU coed Cheerleading Squad, who placed 4th in the nation in competition.
Coach Tartaro has been interested in the pursuit of fitness and a healthy lifestyle for more than a decade. He enjoys sharing his knowledge in this subject area and helping people become healthier. Coach Tartaro has obtained national certifications in both Group Exercise and Total Body Conditioning. During the summer he has been a personal training for a local fitness center.
Coach Tartaro was recently rewarded for his efforts by being nominated by students and chosen to be in the 2006 edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers. He is also a member of the National Youth Leadership Forum Nominating Committee and the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association as well as several other state associations.
Coach Tartaro has been married to his wife, Ann, for two and a half years. The couple currently has one child, Rory, an English Bulldog tipping the scales at 65 pounds. Unfortunately, Rory still believes that she is a lap dog. Coach Tartaro and his wife spend their time playing tennis and traveling to places like the Caribbean and Mexico.
Mr. Kevin Vernie is one of our 6th grade Social Studies and Math teachers. He grew up in Miami, Florida. After living in Miami for twenty years. Mr. Vernie attended the University of South Florida, majoring in education, and after graduation, he taught sixth grade math, science, social studies, P.E. and coached football in Tampa, Florida, for three years.
In 2002 Mr. Vernie moved to Atlanta,Georgia, to be closer to his family. Some of his hobbies include carpentry, automotive restoration, U.S. history (particularly World War II and the Cold War), and he is a huge University of Miami fan. Mr. Vernie truly enjoys working and preparing sixth grade students. He has trained and worked on I-movie projects and enjoys helping students with technology. In fact, the two different 6th grade imovie teams he has coached over the past three years took home trophies at the Mabry film festival, including winning the Best Picture category.
Mr. Welborn has taught bands at Mabry since 1993. Under his direction Mabry bands have enjoyed consistent superior ratings at the Georgia Music Educators District 12 Band Festival. Additionally, Mabry regularly places students in the Georgia All State Band and District Honor Bands.
In both 1997 and 2000 the Mabry Band received and accepted invitations to perform at the National Festival of States in Washington D.C. Most recently the band has been invited to perform at the 2007 Georgia Music Educators Association's annual conference in Savannah, GA.
Mr. Welborn received his Masters in Leadership Administration from Georgia State University (2000) and has Bachelors of Music Education from the
University of Southern Mississippi (1993). A french hornist, he has performed twice at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago, IL; once with the Tara Winds Community Band (2001), and once with the Cobb County Community Band (2003). He is also an FAA certified flight instructor and commercially-rated pilot. He and his wife Kerry have one child, Ryan.
Mr. John Woolsey is new to Mabry Middle School. He teaches 6th grade science. Mr. Woolsey was born in Northern California and grew up in a small town in the middle of the Monterey Bay. His father was an attorney, surfer, back packer, and shared his love of the natural world with him since he was old enough to walk, and swim.
Mr. Woolsey was fortunate enough to grow up with two parents who were fascinated by the world around them and had very diverse interests. He has always been fascinated with new things and how they work. He went to UC Berkeley and worked as a California Licensed Registered Professional Forester for the last 20 years. The former licensing is the highest status one can be acquire as a forester in the state of California.
Mr. Woolsey has always enjoyed teaching the knowledge that he has acquired through his interactions with other professionals in all their specific areas of expertise, and now would like to pass on his extensive knowledge of the natural sciences not only with your sons and daughters but also with the students in his classes.
Mr. Woolsey has a 3 year old son, and is married to Dr. Laura Gould, a practicing veterinarian in the state of Georgia. He gets excited by making the sciences come alive for his student, making enquiry real, exciting, and fun.
Mrs. Ilene Abrams teaches 7th grade Language Arts. She is also our Reading Coordinator at Mabry Middle School. We affectionately call her the Reading Diva for the state of Georgia. Mrs. Abrams has been nominated by teaching colleagues and and has therefore served on:
- National Faculty to CNN News
- National Faculty to USA Today
- Atlanta Journal Constitution Honor Teachers
She was presented to the Cobb County Board of Education for each of the above honors.
Mrs. Abrams says, "Teaching has always been a passion for me, even at the tea parties I had with my dolls when I was a little girl. And today, making a difference with our future leaders and productive citizens (both students and teachers) is paramount in my professional life." And she certainly brings her passionate commitment to achieving that goal to her classes every day.
Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading (naturally), and cooking and entertaining her friends and family. We are delighted that Mrs. Abrams has been a part of the Mabry family for 3 years.
Mrs. Krissie Albertson teaches 7th grade math. She was born in Bronx, New York, and came to Atlanta at the age of two. Not only was she raised in Cobb County, but she also attended Mabry Middle School, and Lassiter High School, even though she graduated from Pope High School.
Mrs. Albertson has a B.S. in Secondary Math Education from Auburn University and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from West Georgia. This will be her 12th year in education. She taught eight years at Dickerson Middle School, two years at Mabry Middle School, went back to Dickerson for one year (because of teacher allotment reductions at Mabry), and now is coming back to Mabry!! Not only is she thrilled to be coming back to Mabry, but everyone in the Mabry family is equally delighted to have her back home where she belongs!
Mrs. Albertson just celebrated her 10 year wedding anniversary with her husband, Michael. They have two children: Katie, who is 5 and will be starting Kindergarten at Davis Elementary this year; and Max, who is 2. The Albertson's also have "Pete the Dog," their 9 year old Jack Russell Terrier!
Mrs. Albertson says, "I am all about math and logic! I love to do logic puzzles!! I also enjoy sewing, smocking, and reading!!"
Mrs. Jill Armijo is one of our hard-working and dedicated paraprofessionals.
She is a certified teacher and even attended the summer institute hosted by Cobb County for administrators and teachers all around the county.
She is always smiling and eager to help. She assists our teachers and students to help them maximize their academic achievement.
Mrs. Aycock is one of our outstanding special education teachers. Georgia born and raised, she followed family tradition and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in the area of special education. She began teaching immediately after graduating from college and furthered her education by obtaining a masters degree from Georgia State University. Mrs. Aycock taught for several years in Cobb County, at Daniell Middle School and at Mabry Middle School, before moving to Germantown, Tennessee. She was happy to move back to Georgia and to begin teaching again in Cobb County in the year of 2004.
Mrs. Aycock is currently certified in special education and middle school reading. She has always taught in middle schools, valued her students, and she still enjoys seeing students grow both academically and emotionally.
Her immediate family consist of her husband of 21 years, her son, her daughter, and the family dog, Mattie. Mrs. Aycock enjoys working on house projects, with her church functions, and spending time with close friends.
Mrs. Baylor is beginning her 22nd year at Mabry. She began her twenty-six year devotion to the education of our youth, teaching 3rd grade in Washington County, Maryland, after receiving her Bachelor of Science from Towson State University, University of Maryland System. Few people know that during her first year of teaching, she was asked to mentor a student teacher from her alma mater and that her county supervisor at that time had been her Mrs. Baylor's first grade teacher! She taught for four years in Maryland before moving to Georgia with her husband and 18 month old daughter, Jennifer. Once in Atlanta, she took time off for the joyous rigors of raising her 2 children, Jennifer and newborn, Adam.
Once her youngest had reached pre-school age, she re-entered the workforce in the spring of 1984 at Mabry teaching 7th grade Math. During her rich tenure at Mabry, she has had the joy and courage to teach all subjects: 6th and 7th grade Language Arts/ Reading, and 6th and 7th grade Social Studies, and she could even teach Science if needed. A veteran teacher with an extensive career at Mabry and a passion for learning, she has participated in or spear-headed the School Improvement Plan, Building Leadership Team, Site-based Management Team, and was selected for a Demonstration Team in Writing. Over the last ten years, she has supervised the writing, publishing and sale of Mabry's agenda. Mrs.Baylor has managed Mabry's summer school program for rising sixth graders; and she taught the before school STAR program.
Mrs. Baylor has been actively involved with the professional interests of her occupation by serving several times on the Committee of 100 for Cobb County, has been the Social Studies Subject Area Coordinator, is on the 2007 Textbook Adoption Team for Cobb, and has worked with McGraw Hill Publishing as a textbook editor. She is a 2006 Who's Who Among American Teachers, past member of Phi Beta Kappa, and had the honor of being the 2005 Georgia Association of Educators escort for the state spelling bee winner to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Baylor has a special place in her heart for the Spelling Bee; since 1985 she has been involved at the school level, later moving on to pronounce and judge county competitions; and has been the Georgia Association of Educators District 2 Spelling Bee Consultant for the last five years. In her spare time, she is the editor for the Cobb County Teachers Association Newsletter and Area Representative.
Her students and colleagues view her as a wealth of knowledge and continuously call upon her as a mentor and resource. Her expertise and wisdom have guided many young minds both in and outside of the classroom. Not too long ago she was visited by one of her students who had recently graduated from college. When asked what was his major, he replied," Political Science." He said that her enthusiasm for an election's unit was the catalyst for his career.
In her zest for learning new technology with her students, she piloted the use of the Promethean Board. Her students were enthralled with Google Earth and the interactive map puzzles that she used to practice their map skills. Quickly adapting to using the white board she produced an interactive Venn diagram on the three major religions. She was asked by the Promethean Representative if he could use it for his demonstrations! Mrs. Bayloy and her students were so excited about the technology that the school ordered one for each of our new classrooms.
Mrs. Baylor is particularly good at producing i-movies. Her students' first attempt was an award winner, "Children: Zones of Peace." A future Steven Spielberg found his passion, and she hopes he will come back and visit her when he is famous. This past year her team won best documentary for "Got Water?" which focused on the areas of the world today that are water stressed and how that can effect everyone in our world in the very near future. Both videos may be viewed on the Mabry website.
She has mentored student teachers and fledgling professionals including her daughter, Jennifer, who is following in her mother's footsteps. Her strength, love of education, unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and ever constant ability to change and adapt has kept Mrs. Baylor at the forefront of her professional community and her TiVo forever full of educational programming.
Mrs. Kay Beals is one of Mabry's outstanding special education teachers. She has been a teacher and an administrator in private schools, in the metro suburbs as well as in downtown Atlanta. In fact, Centennial Park was their playground. Everyone loves her kind spirit combined with her deeply held belief that every child can excel.
Mrs. Beals' first field of study was science. She still marvels at the wonders of the earth, life, and the universe; however, she also loves teaching Reading and Math. When asked what her favorite grade or subject is, she responded, "It's always the one I'm currently teaching." She has taught kindergarten through high school and is certified in both regular education and special education with degrees from Brigham Young and Kennesaw State University.
Mrs. Beals has been at Mabry 4 of her 14 years in education. But teaching is actually her second career, her first was raising her five children – never a boring moment! She has also been very active in community service: helping coordinate and provide training for volunteer tutors (for 5 years) for an Atlanta reading program; directing a week-long primitive camping program for girls 12 to 18 for many summers; establishing, for the City of Smyrna Library, academic resources for home schooling parents, and a monthly, Kids-Sharing-With-Kids program for home schooled children. She has taught a daily high school early morning Seminary (scripture study) class for six years and currently serves in her church's regional Young Women's program (girls 12 to 18).
Mrs Beals loves most anything out of doors, especially travel. She has ‘survived’ following her husband on many backpacking trips, although she much prefers traveling by horse while he walks/hikes. Some of her more memorable adventures included spending 5 days (50 miles) with a delightful mare, her four month old colt, and a gelding in the high Unita Mountains (8,000-12,000 ft) in Utah, traveling in Costa Rica (during the 9/11 tragedy), and last year, she and her husband climbed down a cliff to get to the bottom of a 200 foot waterfall in Havasupi Canyon, AZ. This fall they will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary.
Her present interests include pottery on the wheel. In fact, she said, "Opening the kiln is like opening presents, you never know what you’re going to find! The same goes for children. ... I must say that Mabry is an amazing community, filled with devoted professionals who have made my years here the best ever."
When Mabry opened its doors in 1978, Mrs. Lisa Bowman was here as a student. Six years later, she graduated from Lassiter High School. She then earned both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education at what is now Kennesaw State University. Mrs. Bowman taught at Floyd Middle School for 4 years, got married and transferred here to Mabry. This will be her 15th year at Mabry (her 19th year of teaching).
Mrs. Bowman is such a homebody that when her husband and she bought a house, they ended up moving just 2 miles from the house that she grew up in. She has attended the same church (Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church) since 1978 and has always been an active part of the congregation by teaching Sunday School, volunteering for Vacation Bible School, being on various committees, helping and/or running the children's ministry programs, ushering, etc.
Mrs. Bowman's family consumes the majority of her free time. She has been blessed with a fantastic, fun-loving husband, and two wonderful daughters. Her parents live close by, too. They are all very important to her and help make her who she is. They spend a lot of time together participating in all kinds of activities and sharing their lives with each other. They especially enjoy spending time in the mountains and at the beach whenever they have the chance.
In Mrs. Bowman's "ME" time, she is an exercise enthusiast, she loves to read, enjoys shopping, cooking and surfing the net. She enjoys relaxing on her screened-in porch, watching the beautiful pigeons her husband raises while they fly around her back yard.
As an 8th grade teacher, Mrs. Bowman enjoys her job. Her day is spent helping students learn the math they need to know to be successful, while working with a group of teachers who are caring, enthusiastic and good-humored. She is looking forward to continuing to improve her technology skills this year as she learns more about the Promethean Board in her classroom.
Mrs. Jil Brown-Curry teaches 6th grade Science. This is her 11th year teaching and her 9th teaching here at Mabry. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida A & M University and completed teacher certification requirements at the University of Central Florida. She holds certificates in middle grades science and Biology (6-12) in Georgia and Florida with concentrations in math and social science.
Mrs. Brown-Curry taught all grade levels and all branches of middle school science at least once in her career. She also has a strong math background. One can tell that Mrs. Brown-Curry is passionate about her field by simply stepping into her classroom or joining one of her class discussions. She is an energetic, optimistic and enthusiastic instructor with the gift of extrinsic motivation. She respects and values her students' input and opinions. She believes that all children can and will learn and has made it her personal mission to help each child strive to reach his/her maximum potential.
Mrs. Barri Burke teaches 6th grade Language Arts. She has been teaching for a total of 12 years, with six of those years being at Mabry. She taught all subjects in elementary school and has taught Language Arts and Social Studies in middle school.
Mrs. Burke has a degree in secondary Language Arts as well as her gifted endorsement. Before becoming a teacher, she worked in the field of journalism. In fact, Mrs. Burke was one of Ted Turner's original employees at CNN, Cable News Network (from 1983-1986) where she helped man the International News Desk. She eventually became a production assistant for the Business News Desk. This valuable experience greatly contributed to her teaching style.
During the summer Mrs. Burke enjoys working out every day, reading, and taking her six-year-old daughter to the pool. Her family spent time in San Destin this summer where she "kept a sharp eye out for sharks!"
Mrs. Leslie Carroll comes from a family of educators and in her over twenty-five year career has taught most of the sciences in middle and high school. Moving a few times with her husband Rob has provided her with experiences in teaching in diverse environments in Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina. She is beginning her fourth year at Mabry teaching seventh grade advanced content Life Science and will serve this year as the Science Department Coordinator.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Science Education from the University of Georgia and a Master of Education (Secondary Science) from the State University of West Georgia. Mrs. Carroll is also gifted certified. She has continued her education throughout her career with interesting coursework: aeronautics through NASA in Houston, learning about sea turtles as an intern on St. Catherines Island, learning about the advancing field of biotechnology at GSU, and lichen ecology at UGA- just to name a few.
She traveled to Los Angeles this spring with other Mabry educators to present at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. It was a thrill to share how Mabry students are using their research and techno-skills to create awesome wildlife documentaries.
In defining her philosophy of science education, Mrs. Carroll states, "To best comprehend science, students need to learn how to think like a scientist and participate in the scientific process. I am very lab based and think that the most memorable learning experiences are hands-on, both in the classroom and in the environment in which we live. Learning styles are different and by offering diverse learning opportunities, hopefully each student can find the spark that will generate a lifelong appreciation and quest for scientific understanding."
Mrs. Carroll was honored as the system-wide Teacher of the Year in Floyd County Schools in 1998-99. While living in Rome, she earned recognition from the community and state (Georgia Department of Natural Resources Outstanding Educator Award) for her work in programs that involve students in environmental education. Mrs. Carroll has since worked to involve Mabry students in environmental activities through her classes and the science club. She is proud of the recognition that Mabry students earned in 2005 as statewide winners at the Youth Environmental Symposium sponsored by the Georgia Conservancy. Their project to educate others about issues in Sweat Mountain Park was creative and fun. This past year the Mabry Rivers Alive event was recognized as best in the state in the largest event category!
Mrs. Carroll's hobbies include "anything science", tennis, and her new passion, golf. This summer she has been working on her golf game, traveling, and enjoying playing on many interesting and challenging courses. Mrs. Carroll and her husband Rob have two wonderful sons, Robert and William. William is in graduate school studying chemistry and Robert is working in Atlanta.
Mrs. Jonie Cason teaches 8th grade science and has been involved with some form of education for the past 27 years. Most recently, she taught chemistry and biology at Paulding County High School. Mrs. Cason received her BS degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin and her MEd degree from the University of Memphis. She spent her first summer out of college working as a laboratory assistant at the University of Tennessee Medical Center researching dental toxicology before beginning 12 years of teaching there.
Mrs. Cason helped open a magnet school for medicine and engineering with the Memphis City School System. She enjoyed working in the Memphis Wildflower Garden and with the Sierra Club and Audubon Society on environmental projects. Her work saved a large urban park from becoming an interstate highway. Mrs. Cason met and married her husband, Will, in Memphis and when their son, Kevin, was born she taught chemistry, anatomy and biology at Shelby State Community College in the AD nursing program.
In 1985 they moved to Chicago as a result of Will's agri-business job. Kevin was in kindergarten and Mrs. Cason was a volunteer at his elementary school and at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. She was a substitute teacher and became a biology and physical science teacher at North Community High School in Downers Grove. To not see the ground for 3 months in winter was a shock to this southern belle. When Will's job took them to Kansas, she was glad that winter was 2 weeks shorter there. In Kansas City Mrs. Cason worked at an inner-city, alternative high school for former dropouts, where she taught high school science to grades 9-12. Mrs. Cason developed the hands-on, self-paced curriculum for the school.
After a short stay in Tampa, Florida, Will's company moved us to Georgia. Kevin was able to spend all 4 years of high school at Marietta High School. Mrs. Cason's husband and she worked in the touchdown club and the takedown club as a result of Kevin's love of football and wrestling. For 2 years she was a private tutor for On Location-Education which works with young people in the entertainment profession. It was a fun job that often took her to a recording studio. Shortly afterward she began teaching at PCHS.
Mrs. Cason is an avid reader and belongs to a women's book club which has been together since 1985. She lives near the Kennesaw battlefield where she enjoys gardening and birding. She has a small greenhouse that allows her to work with plants in the winter, and for several years she was supplier of the indoor plants at her church. We are glad Mrs. Cason joins our Mabry family.
Mrs. Anne Castro, a certified teacher, is one of our dedicated Special Education paraprofessionals. She has been with Cobb County for 12 years; this being her 3rd year at Mabry. She lived in California most of her life. During those years in beautiful Southern California, she taught Special Education (20 years) including Orthopedically Handicapped, Autism, and Deaf/Blind.
She loves traveling, gardening, tennis, volleyball, and reading. In California, she played competitive tennis for years and won many tournaments. One of her faviorite wins was the time the celebration was on the Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor. Her picture was even in the paper the next morning!!
She has been married for 37 years to her high school sweetheart, and has 3 grown children. The true pride and joy of her life are her 5 grandchildren, Tyler, Morgan Anne, Madison, Peyton, and Hannah Grace (1 month). Keeping up with them keeps her young!!
Mrs. Castro feels that working in Special Education is a privilege, and she states that she is blessed to be able to do this at a great school like Mabry, with such a dedicated staff. She says that, "Meeting the challenges of a Special Education student makes me a better person."
Mrs. Romaine Collins grew up near the South Carolina coast in Dillon, South Carolina. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree specializing in specific learning disabilities and behavior disorders k-12. The irony of her major is that she began her career as a pre-med major and was turned onto education by none other than, you guessed it, a dynamic educator!! She has taught for 20 years in the special education field in a variety of settings...rural Georgia and South Carolina, inner-city Dekalb County, and at Mabry for 8 years.
Her professional passions include writing and character education. She states, "In developing a student ready to face the challenges of this new millineum, a student must be well-rounded not only academically, but be able to communicate and develop a positive social conscience. We often underestimate the capacity for change that our students can exert upon our world, and I am forever fascinated by the untapped gifts that our students bring to the classroom. It is my job to tap these valuable resources and make the students aware of their strengths at a tender age when they are unsure of what their contribution may be to our school and world."
When not in the classroom, Mrs. Collins enjoys playing tennis on both her USTA and ALTA teams. She also enjoys playing the piano and spending time with her friends and two girls, Mim and Jada. Her children are the lights of her life!
Professionally, Mrs. Collins states that she has been blessed to have been chosen by her collegues as Mabry's Teacher of the Year for 2004-05. However, her most meaningful accolades were to be selected by former Mabry students for the Who's Who Among America's Teachers for the years 2001 and 2005. Such recognition proves to her that a positive educator can have a tremendous impact on a student's life, and it continues to be not only her job but, as she says, "an honor" each year.
Mrs. Cushman is one of our 6th grade LA teachers. A veteran teacher with a rich 20 year history, she is passionate about teaching children the arts of language. She has been on the Mabry staff for four years and a Cobb County teacher for 15 years.
Mrs. Cushman has lived in the Mabry community for 22 years. Her two children attended Mabry and graduated from Lassiter High School. Her son is a Georgia Tech graduate and her daughter is a senior, chemistry major, at Kennesaw State.
As the daughter of a Navy Captain, she spent two years in Pearl Harbor and learned to swim with the dolphins at Waikiki Beach. Her family was there to celebrate Hawaii becoming the 50th state in our union.
After her father's retirement, the family settled in New Bern, North Carolina, where she enjoyed New Bern's rich, colonial history. Her family participated in water sports of all kinds-she even had her own sailboat!
Mrs. Cushman received an Associate of Arts degree from Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science degree from East Caroline University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Mrs. Cushman enjoys working in her yard and loves curling up with her cat to read a good book.
Mrs. Elizabeth Davis is a 6th grade science teacher. She has been teaching for 9 years, all of them at Mabry. She also serves as Mabry's Performing Arts Coordinator and mentors KSU students for future teaching positions. Mrs. Davis loves technology and hands-on learning experiences for her students in science. She even has produced an iMovie for parents and students that presents an overview of her curriculum.
Mrs. Davis loves to show students a picture she had taken with Bill Nye, the Science Guy, at the NSTA conference that was held in Atlanta. Having the picture taken made her feel like a real science geek teenager! Mrs. Davis has taken students to the Grand Canyon and this past summer, she took a group to Yellowstone National Park. They enjoyed seeing lots of wildlife such as wolves, bears, bison, coyotes, elks, and moose. Students hiked the geysers, Continental Divide, and the Grand Teton mountains. They also enjoyed shopping at Old Faithful and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Look for the podcast in the future.
Mrs. Davis volunteers as the awards coordinator for the Strong Legs Run, for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. One of her hobbies is scuba diving, and she have been diving in Negril, Jamaica, Panama City, Florida, and in the Living Seas Tank in the Epcot Center of Walt Disney World, which was so exciting because she was in the tank with many different species of fish, stingrays, and even a shark. More of her hobbies include scrapbooking and funk aerobics.
Her father was in the Marines, so Mrs. Davis lived in South Carolina, Virginia, California, and Tennessee. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a BS in Aerospace Administration, she was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an officer. She attended Officer Basic Course and Helicopter Flight Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where she learned to fly the UH-1 (Huey) and the OH-58A (which are like the traffic helicopters that fly over Atlanta) with over 500 flying hours. After completing flight school, she was sent to Bad Kreuznach, Germany near Frankfurt and was part of the 8th Infantry Division.
While in Germany, she and her husband traveled all over Germany, France, England, Austria, Switzerland, and Berlin. The Mabry students love to hear about the helicopters that Mrs. Daivs flew, weapons that she shot, and the many places to which she has traveled. Mrs. Davis loves her second career, teaching, and loves to do lots of hands-on experiments. Her students don’t just read about science, they do science! She has her Master’s Degree in Middle Grades Education from Mercer University in Atlanta, is married to a teacher, and is the mother of two boys.
Mrs. Beth Decker is our Pupil Personnel Clerk.
She is responsible for keeping our attendance records.
If you have a question about your (or your child's) attendance, feel free to contact her.
Mrs. Decker's office is now located in what was the Counselors' Suite.
Mrs. Mary Dixon is the assistant principal at Mabry. She has been in the field of education for 24 years, serving in a variety of capacities: teacher, Instructional Lead Teacher, and administrator.
She is responsible for scheduling all of our students! Mrs. Dixon has a wonderfully calm demeanor which certainly helps when she is busy scheduling all of students for the whole year!
Mrs. Janell Earl, a native of North Carolina, is one of our hard-working and dedicated paraprofessionals. She attended Appalachian State University where she earned a B.S. in Elementary Ed. (1-8). Mrs. Earl taught in the Shelby and Charlotte-Mecklenburg school systems (6th and 8th grades) before her two children were born. She was active in their schools as they moved from Charlotte to Atlanta, then to Greenville, S.C., and then back to Atlanta. She worked in the Cobb County system as an supply teacher and a substitute for many years before she began working as a paraprofessional. She loves working with her students and helping them to be successful in school. She says that she especially enjoys seeing their faces when they perform above even their own expectations.
Mrs. Earl enjoys gardening and going to the beach with family during the summer. She has given up tennis, but loves to walk in her neighborhood. She is active in her church and has especially enjoyed and benefited from a program in the women's ministry. Mrs. Earl was able to go to China with other volunteer teachers and teach English to Chinese middle school teachers in a Chinese middle school. During her three trips to China, she was also able to visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and many other places that she said she never dreamed she would ever see. Mrs. Earl has gone with the group to Thailand twice- to teach and work at orphanages. She even rode an elephant in the countryside on one of her trips.
Mrs. Earl states that her greatest joy is her grandchildren. She has a four year old granddaughter and a grandson who is two. They live in Andover, MA, so she doesn't get to see them as much as she would like. She said, "I love what I do, and I love my life. I look forward to a great year working with the teachers and students at Mabry this year." Her kindness and dedication to our students make her an invaluable part of our staff.
Mrs. Judy Evans is the art teacher at Mabry Middle School. This is her second year at Mabry. She was born in Bethesda, Maryland and says that she was raised as a military brat (her father was a Rear Admiral in the Navy). One of the highlights of her youth was living in Athens, Greece (courtesy of the Navy).
Mrs. Evans received her Bachelors degree at Penn State University. She majored in art education. She taught for three years in Doylestown, Pa. after college, then moved to Marietta, Ga. where she became a stay-at-home mom and taught private art lessons. After three years in Marietta she and her family moved to Washington D.C. From D.C. it was on to Sarasota, Florida, for 10 years.
In Sarasota Mrs. Evans taught pre-school for nine years and was a volunteer art mom at the local elementary school. From Sarasota it was back to Marietta, Georgia. She has lived in Marietta longer than any other place, so it is considered her home. She worked at a Montessori school for two years and was a parapro at Teasley Elementary for ten years. During this time Mrs. Evans was an ASP director, taught summer camps at the YMCA and The Marietta Cobb art museum. She was the art teacher at Powers Ferry Elementary for three years and was voted Teacher of the Year. From Powers Ferry she went to Adairsville Middle School for three years and is glad to no longer be making that commute.
Mrs. Evans' husband is a P.E. teacher in Cobb, and she has two children and two step children. Her daughter is an 8th grade science teacher. She loves animals and hiking in the mountains, going to art exhibits and creating art. She has been a volunteer at Kennestone Hospital and Cobb Animal Shelter. Her goal is that every student understands and appreciates the importance of art and creativity in our world. Her passion is to see a student enjoy creating an art work and being proud of his/her accomplishment. We always look forward to seeing what incredible work her students will post around the school next!
Mrs. Glenda Glenn teaches 7th grade Advanced Content Social Studies. She has served in a variety of capacities, including working for eight years as an Instructional Lead Teacher before coming to Mabry a second time.
Mrs. Glenn builds her course content delivery around a CIA theme that she calls the Glenn Intelligence Agency (GIA) where students conduct global investigations using higher level thinking skills. She is also the Social Studies coordinator for Mabry.
After years of taking students on European tours, Mrs. Glenn embarked on several international educational exchanges of her own including Australia, Russia, Germany, and a Fulbright Memorial Teacher excursion to Japan. During these exchanges she lived in the country for a month- visiting the schools, touring, and enjoying cultural experiences.
Her passion is teaching and developing challenging, differentiated lessons for students. She's been nationally recognized several times for innovative curriculum development including the Sidney P. Marland Award from Johns Hopkins University and the prestigious Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. She has also been recognized as a Georgia Outstanding Social Studies Educator.
Mrs. Glenn has carefully crafted her career so that she could teach children and adults. Intech, Models of Integrating Technology, Tech Connect Online, and Hone Your Presentation Skills are a few of the staff development classes she has taught to teachers. She is an instructor for the CCSD Gifted Endorsement classes and has developed an online portion in Blackboard. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State, Brenau and Mercer universities and is currently on the Middle Grades Advisory Board at KSU.
The field of gifted education is most meaningful to her as she was one of the first teachers in the state of Georgia to receive gifted endorsement in the 70s, thus giving her three decades of experience with the gifted learner.
Mrs. Trellys Graber is one of our 7th grade math teachers. She has been teaching for 11 years, all of them at Mabry. She has received three degrees in Middle Grades Education: a Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of Georgia, a Masters Degree from Oglethorpe University, and a Specialist Degree from Mercer University. She is also certified in gifted education. Mrs. Graber was Teacher of the Year for the school year 2002-2003, and has been named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
Mrs. Graber continues to be faithful to The University of Georgia and the Georgia Bulldogs, which is apparent when you look in her classroom. During football season, she doesn't miss a Georgia football game, whether at the stadium or in front of her TV. She enjoys the rivalry with her husband, also a teacher at Mabry, who is faithful to Auburn University.
Mrs. Graber's favorite thing to do is spend time with her twin baby boys. She can't believe how fast they are growing. She also enjoys playing with her two dogs, Sugar and Mabry. Sugar is, of course, an English bulldog, and Mabry, a mix, was a gift from her students eight years ago. When the babies are a little older, Mrs. Graber plans on getting involved in ALTA again, as she loves to play tennis.
Mrs. Cantrel-Johnson is the counselor for 8th grade and half of 7th grade. She grew in Miami, Florida and was as a counselor there before moving to Georgia. She loves working with students not only individually but also in their classrooms or in small groups. Mrs. Cantrel-Johnson went to Floirda State for undergraduate school and the University of Miami for graduate school. Also, she is a National Certified Counselor. In her free time she loves to cook, read, ride her mountain bike, travel, and take her white poodle Gertrude for walks with her husband Paul.
Mrs. Carmen Hartnett teaches 8th grade Language Arts. She moved to Atlanta 6 years ago from St. Louis, Mo., and she and her family have never looked back (though they are still avid fans of the Cardinals and Rams!). She received her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Missouri with special certification in remedial reading. She has been a teacher since 1975 and is beginning her sixth year at Mabry. Her three children have attended Cobb schools since then, and her two oldest are now in college.
Mrs. Hartnett enjoys reading, walking, being at the beach(any beach, at any time), and spending time with her friends and family. Born in Havana, Cuba, she is fluent in Spanish AND "Spanglish" ! She is often heard around Mabry indulging in her first language with the Spanish teacher .
Mrs. Hartnett was Mabry's Teacher of the Year in 2005-2006 and still feels thankful and honored for the privilege of representing her colleagues last year. She teaches eighth grade language arts, a position she feels is the perfect fit for her. She believes strongly in the importance of teaching writing to her students, a skill that she is convinced has become paramount to success in one's academic and professional goals. "The challenge that comes with this position is exciting and unique. Eighth graders are creative, funny, and impassioned, themselves, about every aspect of their lives. How can one not thrive being around them every day?"
Mrs. Gail Hendrix was born in Athens, Georgia, and was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She completed her B.S. degree in English Education from UGA in 3 years, and has been married for 33 years to a Georgia Tech graduate. When her children were 5, 8, and 11 years old, she completed her Masters of Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany in 1 year.
Mrs. Hendrix's 3 children have all now completed college; both red-headed daughters have Masters Degrees. Katie teaches French and Spanish in Rochester, New York (her husband is a direct descendant of Sir Francis Drake), and her daughter Beth is 2. Julie is a registered dietician (her husband works for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Joseph has a Computer Information Systems degree from Kennesaw State, and referees high school basketball.
Mrs. Hendrix's other interests include music, sports, crafts, and travel. She sang her first solo when she was 4 years old, and has sung in school choruses, church choirs, been a church accompanist, children's choir director, and children's musical director. She plays piano (for pleasure only), and has maracas, castanets, and cats paws (musical rhythm instrument). Mrs. Hendrix has also been involved in swim meets - setting up, coordinating, and running meets, and also serving as a swim meet official. She is now learning to play golf, and her number one goal is to get a birdie. Mrs. Hendrix also enjoys cross-stitch and creating scrap books. She has traveled to Bermuda, London, France, and Canada, and lived in Georgia, Florida, California, Maryland, and New York.
After spending almost 20 years in upstate New York, Mrs. Hendrix is enjoying the warmer climate of Georgia, especially after surviving a rollover accident (the day after a snowstorm) caused by black ice, and landing upside down hanging by her seat belt. Ask her about the limerick she wrote describing the accident.
A life-long learner, and voracious reader, Mrs. Hendrix completed an online course in Information Literacy this summer, and read 28 books! She loves Middle School students' enthusiasm, creativity, and inquisitiveness, sharing books with students, and discovering the world of information with them. This is where life happens, and it is never boring!
Born in Cuba, Mrs. Terri Hieber, one of our outstanding special education teachers at Mabry Middle School, speaks Spanish fluently. She attended Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Georgia, from the eighth grade until she graduated from high school. Later, she attended Georgia State University, where she earned a B.S. degree in Biology and a masters degree in Special Education. She has been in education for 24 years, 18 of which have been at Mabry.
When asked about her professional passion Mrs. Hieber said, "I enjoy making a positive impact in student's lives. It's especially rewarding to be able to change students' false belief systems, and turn them around so that they can achieve academic success and feel good about themselves."
Mrs. Hieber's personal hobbies include water sports, interior design, and bargain shopping. She loves driving her new sporty car as well. Mrs. Hieber is involved with various church activities, and she sponsors a child from SriLanka.
Mrs. Mary Julia Hiss has been a media center parapro for over 12 years in Cobb County. She has worked at Rocky Mount, McCleskey, Dickerson, and Mabry Middle School. She was born and grew up in Gadsden, Alabama. A graduate of the University of Alabama (ROLL TIDE!), she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education (History and Political Science). Mrs. Hiss taught middle and high school social studies (including one school where English was spoken as a second language).
Mrs. Hiss lived in Miami and New Orleans and has lived in the Cobb County community for the past 25 years. She has two daughters: Susanna (25) is a teacher who is married to Stephen, a pilot in the USAF. Both she and her husband are Lassiter graduates, and Stephen is a former Mabry student. Her other daughter, Allison, is a student at Lassiter and performs with the Lassiter Marching Band as a member of the Color Guard.
Mrs. Hiss likes to read and decorate her house and spend time on their boat. She volunteers as a chaperone and "flag seamstress" for the Lassiter band, and she follows her husband's, Ward, "oldies group" as they perform.
Mrs. Hiss has met or encountered a lot of famous people. The most exciting and memorable to her was meeting Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.
Mrs. Sandy Ingram is the School Nurse at Mabry. Mrs. Ingram was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up primarily in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Lander University and her Nursing Degree from The University of South Carolina.
Mrs. Ingram has been a nurse for 8 years. She has worked in Critical Care for over 4 yrs. She has been a part of the Cobb County School District for 3 years now supporting nursing clinics as an Itinerant Nurse and working directly in the school clinics. This is Mrs. Ingram's second tour of duty at Mabry and she is delighted to be back. She truly enjoys getting to know the kids and helping them get well and stay healthy!
Outside of school - Mrs. Ingram stays busy with her family, friends, and the community. She has a husband and a son who is 11. She is "team mom" for her son's football team and supports his classroom at his school as room mom. She also enjoys traveling with her family with fun trips this year to Maui, Hawaii and a cruise in the Caribbean.
Mrs. Eve Israel-Hiles teaches 8th grade French and Reading at Mabry. She has taught for 8 years in Cobb County and 4 years at Mabry. Mrs. Israel-Hiles also has a love for the study of and instruction in Latin, which she has taught as part of Cobb County's extended-day foreign language program. Mrs. Israel-Hiles has a degree in Sociology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she met her husband to whom she has been married for 21 years. After staying home with their daughter, Jessica, until she entered grade school, Mrs. Israel-Hiles attended Kennesaw State University, where she received a degree in Foreign Language Education. Starting in August, 2005, Mrs. Israel-Hiles will begin work on her Master's degree in Educational Leadership with Technology Leadership Emphasis at KSU.
In the classroom, Mrs. Israel-Hiles likes to make learning interesting, fun and challenging. A gifted-certified teacher, Mrs. Israel-Hiles shares the subjects she teaches in creative and engaging ways. She believes in guiding students to discover their own answers to the questions they ask. Teaching languages (including English) is much more to Mrs. Israel-Hiles than instructing students to converse, read and write well. Studying the cultures of Europe and the United States offers students the opportunity to understand many diverse societies. Mrs. Israel-Hiles' goal is to foster in her students a deeper understanding of and appreciation for other people.
Outside of school, Mrs. Israel-Hiles' passions are her family and friends, reading, animals, cooking, sports, and surfing (the Net!). She can often be found reading a book while curled up with one or more of her four pets. When she's not reading or at the computer, she may be in the kitchen or on the tennis court.
Over the past few years, Mrs. Israel-Hiles has caught the travel bug. She has led groups of students to Quebec, Italy, Switzerland, Monaco, and France! These trips have been the highlight of her life as she shares with others the cultures of the countries she loves, studies, and teaches.
Mrs. Israel-Hiles' inspiration is her mother, herself an educator for over 30 years. Her mother's zest for life, cooking prowess, love of learning, and enthusiasm in the classroom are models that Mrs. Israel-Hiles aspires to create in her own life.
Little known about Mrs. Israel-Hiles is that she is a relative of the late Larry Fine of the Three Stooges!
Mrs. Cindy Jackson is our 6th grade counselor. She also serves as the counselor for half of our 7th grade students. Mrs. Jackson has worked at Mabry for 7 years and is always extremely helpful. If you need to "bend her ear," she is eager to help you. Living in our community with a high school son and a college daughter, she will understand!
Prior to working at Mabry Mrs. Jackson taught Social Studies at every age level from 6th grade through adult education. She has her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Florida State University and the University of South Florida.
When she's not reading, redecorating the house, or watching old movies, Mrs. Jackson is having fun with a house full of teenagers. She is highly skilled at transforming our little 6th grade "babies" into responsible teenagers that are ready to face the challenges of high school.
Mrs. Jackson works with students to help them build their self-esteem while discovering themselves, their strengths, talents, and uniqueness. Her professional passions include helping children see that learning is just a whole lot of fun.
Mrs. Jennings is one of our outstanding special education teachers. She has a passion for teaching math (she actually thinks math is ‘fun’) and loves teaching reading this year. Before teaching, she worked in human resources as a recruiter and then in sales for the Hershey Corporation. After staying home to raise her 3 sons, she returned to the workforce in 1997. Instead of returning to the world of business, she decided instead to return to school and get her teaching certification. She’s been a part of the Mabry family for nine years, working by day and going to school in the evenings and on weekends. Mrs. Jennings loves to spend time with her husband and three boys, two at Lassiter and one at UGA. Her passions are sports (especially football), music, cooking, reading, traveling, and the theater.
“I absolutely love getting up in the morning to come to work. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I work with a staff that is not only professional but cares so much about each other and about the students they teach. My students are the best! Sometimes I feel like I learn as much from them as they do from me. My greatest pleasure is to watch the expressions on their faces when they finally say, 'I get it.' My philosophy is summed up in only three words: Opportunity is now here! Just like that glass of water that is either half empty or half full, I try to teach my students that success depends on how they look at it."
Mrs. Johnson is our Speech-Language Pathologist. She holds a Master of Communication Sciences degree and maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competency through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
At Mabry, Mrs. Johnson works with sixth through eighth grade students on communication skills, which includes the areas of articulation, voice, fluency, and language. Having worked with children from kindergarten through high school, she has a wide variety of speech-language experience. Mrs. Johnson especially enjoys working with middle school students. She says, "It's exciting to watch them come to Mabry as nervous 6th graders and develop into confident 8th graders ready to take on high school!"
Mrs. Johnson’s office is in the Media Center. Please stop by if you have questions, concerns, need information, or just want to say “hi.”
Mrs. Renee Kaplan, an 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Mabry Middle School, earned a BA in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida and a M.Ed. in Reading from the University of Miami. She has twenty-six years of teaching experience. Mrs. Kaplan is a candidate for National Board Certification. She is recognized nationally for designing and implementing state and national teacher training programs on the Holocaust.
She is the South East Regional Museum Educator supporting ten states for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Mrs. Kaplan has been honored as:
- Honor Teacher Nominee of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, 1999 and 2002
- Martin Luther King Jr. Nominee for Academic Excellence from Emory University, 2002
- Spirit of Anne Frank Award, Educator 2004, from Anne Frank Center USA
- Distinguished Holocaust Educator of the Year 2005, sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust and the Georgia Department of Education
Mrs. Connie Kirshner, and educator of 17 years, is a member of the Special Education Department at Mabry Middle School. She can't remember a time that she wasn't teaching. Even as a young girl she would line up her dolls, or her imaginary friends, or any livestock that would hold still and present her best lesson! Livestock-? She grew up in a rural area of Florida, luckily, still close enough to enjoy Clearwater Beach.
As a young girl, Mrs. Kirshner, tutored her brother who had a learning disability. Naturally she focused her own education in Special Needs, starting with Hearing Impaired but later settled into Learning Disabilities when she attended the University of South Florida. Mrs. Kirshner juggled a combination of jobs to put herself through college. Not surprising, one of those positions was a teacher of pre-school children.
After graduating from USF, Mrs. Kirshner worked "flipping hamburgers" with special education high school graduates in the BKapable Program for Burger King. "Working at Burger King is more difficult than you think. It is important to match auditory learners with auditory positions like drive thru, and make sure visual learners are reading the screens to fill orders. Otherwise the entire "fast" food system can break down" she explains.
Mrs. Kirshner later began teaching special education at the elementary level, K-5. She relocated to Marietta with her husband and 3 children in 1992. She has been an educator at Mabry Middle School for 14 years. "The first year at the middle school level was tough. In fact, there were days when I didn't think I would survive middle school. But I quickly learned to love it, and couldn't imagine living without it!" she states.
Besides education, Mrs. Kirshner is passionate about softball! She has been the pitcher for her 1st place co-ed softball team the past 4 years. Her hobbies include collecting snowmen & mini-teapots, along with interior decorating. "I am an HGTV junkie" she proudly proclaims."
Mrs. Kirshner is proud to proclaim that, in their rookie year, her 6th grade students participated in the 05/06 Mabry Film Festival and walked away WINNERS! Thei-movie titled, From Fantasy 2 Fact, won first place for the category of Best Dramatic Comedy.
Beginning her sixth year at Mabry, Mrs. Donna Klucsarits has been teaching eighth grade special education since her arrival. Always pursuing her passion for mathematics, she has served as math coordinator since 2002. She is anticipating an exciting year working with teachers as they implement the math curriculum in grades 6 through 8.
Mrs. Klucsarits received her Masters Degree in Special Education from Florida State University. After teaching at a private school in Thomasville, Georgia, for three years, she relocated to the Atlanta area where she continued to pursue her educational endeavors. She completed her add-on certificate in Educational Leadership at the University of Georgia. She will graduate with her Specialist Degree this December.
Mrs. Klucsarits married in 2002. This summer she and her husband welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby girl, Kate into the world. They are enjoying learning to be new parents.
Besides work, school, and family, Donna enjoys caring for her two cats, Sherman and Callie. She also enjoys reading, baking, tennis, and following her beloved Florida State Seminoles.
Mrs. Klucsarits is an excellent resource concerning the mathematics curriculum at Mabry. Please feel free to e-mail her regarding any curricular questions or concerns that may arise.
Seven of Mrs. Krodman's twenty years of teaching experience have been at Mabry Middle School. The remaining thirteen years were in three public school districts in three different states and one private school. Her experience covers first, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Though she began her teaching career in regular education, her true passion in education is working with students who have special learning needs. Mrs. Donna Krodman is one of the outstanding special education teachers at Mabry. She says that this is the place where she feels her teaching really matters.
"Teachers are always pleased to receive gifts from students, and the best gifts I have ever received at the end of the year came this past school year when two parents wrote very special emails to me, and three former students came by to visit during the last week of school. Those are gifts that won't be discarded or put in the back of a closet; they will be with me always."
Her personal hobbies include reading, enjoying her family and friends, learning, and collecting...well, shoes ;-) Mrs. Krodman grew up in Fort Worth, Texas; the eldest of four children (two girls and two boys.) She graduated from the University of Texas (The real UT not the one in Tennessee they talk about around here.) Upon graduation, she moved to Houston where she taught in HISD for 3 1/2 years. During that time, she met and married the love of her life, her husband Steve. They have been married 28 years.
As Steve began to move up the corporate ladder, the Krodmans began a series of moves that would take them to four different states (two of them twice) and seven different houses. They have two beautiful, bright and successful grown up daughters, Melissa and Jocelyn. Their daughters have always loved animals and they have been parents to several: Their first cat Stripes, three hamsters, Leona Hamsley, Mocha, and Cinnamon, an Arabian horse, Mi Anam, and their current loves: two cats, Hakuna and Matata. They are affectionately known as Kuna and Ta. Can you tell they got them when The Lion King was a big hit?
The Krodmans are active members of Congregation Etz Chaim in Marietta where Mrs. Krodman serves on the board and co-chairs the College Connection committee. This committee provides care packages to their college students at holiday times to remind them of their religious and spiritual ties to their community. Also, Mrs. Krodman serves on the Chesed, or empathy, committee. This group provides meals of mourning for families returning from the funeral of a loved one and gift baskets for members recovering from illness, surgery, or celebrating the birth of a new baby.
Mrs. Kulkarni teaches 7th grade Life Science and comes to Mabry from Simpson Middle School. In 2004, she was one of the 15 Georgia teachers to receive the Best New Teacher Assistance grant from Georgia Power Company. She was nominated by Kennesaw State University for this grant.
Mrs. Kulkarni emphasizes hands on activities in her classroom and believes students learn best by experimenting and investigating. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education in addition to her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Science. She came to the United States from India in 1996. We are delighted she is a member of the Mabry family.
This summer Mrs. Kulkarni visited her family in India. The summer for students in India had almost ended. All the shops and stores were full of parents and students trying to shop for books, uniforms, and other school related materials. Schools started on June 12th and the roads were packed with school buses, car riders and walkers.
On this trip, she also visited Goa, a state on the western coast of India. It is renowned for its beaches and churches. While traveling by car through the rural areas, she got to see a group of fishermen sewing the fish net. She was excited to see how the men are so deeply engrossed in their work. She was also invited on a local radio show and at the women's club to talk about the differences in Indian and American education. Ms. Kulkarni is refreshed and looks forward to the beginning of the new school year.
Mrs. Amy Lambert is the Cafeteria Manager at Mabry. This is her 8th year with Cobb County and her 3rd at Mabry Middle School.
Mrs. Lambert is originally from Florida where she was a stay-at-home mom of 2 boys: James and Joe. When her husband's career moved them to Georgia she looked for part-time work that would allow for maximum family time. Becoming a "lunch-lady" at her children's elementary school was the answer. After 4 years at Baker Elementary, Mrs. Lambert loved her job so much that she decided managing a cafeteria of her own was the perfect next step. She landed here at Mabry in August of 2004 and plans on being here a very long time.
Mrs. Lambert seems to know exactly what the kids are looking for when they come to lunch, after all she's feeding two growing teenage boys at home. In her spare time she feeds and educates the North Cobb Football team about sports nutrition. She is also the secretary of the Touchdown Club.
Along with the boys and husband Jim, Mrs. Lambert shares her home with 2 dogs, 2 cats and lots of fish!
Mrs. Libby Lippincott teaches 6th grade math. This is her 13th year of teaching: 6 Years at Crescent High School in South Carolina and this her 7th year at Mabry. She coached volleyball and JV basketball while at Crescent High School and was even the Teacher of the Year there!
Mrs. Lippincott was awarded the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, which means a lot to her because it is awarded based on student nomination. Her family really believes in education. Her mother is a retired teacher. Her 2 older sisters are teachers in South Carolina (1 is an elementary school teacher and the other teaches preschool). Her brother is a high school teacher, teaching drivers education and PE. He also coaches 2 sports: football and baseball.
Mrs. Lippincott spends most of her free time with her 3 wonderful children and her husband! The boys are very involved with baseball, and her daughter enjoys dancing. Mrs. Lippincott's hobbies include playing tennis, and she loves to watch just about any sport (except golf, and soccer). She enjoys swimming and going to the beach.
She statest, "I love teaching math and enjoy showing students that everyone can learn math."
Mrs Maloney works part time in the Attendance Office. She lives in the Mabry area with her husband, daughter and her favorite pet LunaCat. Her daughter is an 8th grader this year. She has an adult daughter who lives in Swannee, GA, and a step-daughter attending Notre Dame this year.
Mrs Maloney has been a regular volunteer at Mabry and a PTSA chairperson for the past few years. Her background is 20 years in the Research & Development industry for Medical Devices and Ophthalmic drugs. She and her husband, Tim, love to travel and look forward to retirement!
Mrs. Trish McCrery teaches 8th grade Math. After staying at home for the past three years to raise her two young children, she is very excited to be returning to Mabry Middle School. She previously taught 8th grade math at Mabry for 2 years before her daughter was born. Prior to that, she taught 6th and 7th grade math at Smitha Middle School for over 6 years. Originally from the Midwest, she grew up in Galesburg, Illinois. After attending Southern Illinois University for two years, she transferred to Knox College where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Educational Studies. She then moved to Atlanta to begin her teaching career and received her Master's Degree in Middle Childhood Education from Georgia State University.
She enjoys staying active with activities such as tennis, running (she is currently training for the Thanksgiving Day Half-Marathon), and keeping up with a 6 year old boy and 3 year old girl. "That's the best exercise ever!" Last year she challenged herself both physically and mentally and completed the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk. "Walking 60 miles in three days was much more difficult than I thought it would be. It was a life changing experience in so many ways." Her family also enjoys traveling, and they try to fit in a ski trip every winter. Her favorite college football team is the Auburn Tigers (her husband's alma mater). Other activities she really enjoys include reading and cooking. Spending time with her family, though, is definitely a priority each and every day.
She always knew that she wanted to be a teacher. "I used to 'play school' with my siblings and friends when I was little, and I was always the teacher. I also had a very special 7th grade teacher whom I deeply admired. I truly hope that I can be as much of an inspiration to my students as she was to me."
Mrs. Theresa Miceli is a 6th grade Social Studies teacher at Mabry. She was born and raised in Homestead, Florida, one of eight girls, six of whom have degrees in education and are teachers! She is full-blooded Italian as both of her parents were actually born in Italy.
Mrs. Miceli received her AA at Maimi Dade Community College and her BA at the University of West Florida. She earned her Masters Degree from the State University of West Georgia in 1996 and actually moved to the state of Georgia to teach here.
Mrs. Miceli began her teaching career as a Behavior Disorders teacher in Dekalb County before moving to Cobb County to work as a Learning Disabilities teacher. After 12 years as a special education teacher, she started teaching in the regular education classroom, teaching 8th grade Reading, 7th grade Social Studies, 6th grade Social Studies, and now 6th grade gifted Social Studies. Mrs. Miceli started teaching in 1980, and in 1983 she began teaching at Mabry Middle School. She just completed her 25th year as a teacher, and has been in the Mabry family now for 22 years.
She is married and has a 15 year old son who goes to Lassiter and plays the tuba in the Lassiter band. Mrs. Miceli loves to travel and has been to Alaska, 7 Western European countries, as well as the Southeastern and Western United States. One of her favorite vacations was when she and her son (with 2 of her sisters) went snowmobiling in Yellowstone National park. It was cold, but so much fun.
Mrs. Miceli loves working with 6th graders and is looking forward to being inside of the building this year and not out in a trailer!
Mrs. Kim Morton is one of our outstanding special education teachers. She is a native of Marietta, Georgia and a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a BS in Secondary Social Sciences and Interrelated Special Education. She has been a teacher for 8 years total, 5 of which have been at Mabry Middle School.
Mrs. Morton enjoys cooking and is a big Rachael Ray fan. She has never missed an Atlanta Falcons game (either in the stands or watching it on TV). She greatly enjoys singing (and is really good actually!) and music. In fact, she said that she would try out for American Idol "if I wasn't sooooo old!" She would probably win!
Mrs. Morton loves to spend the summer at the beach and enjoys yearly family fishing trips. She caught the biggest fish she has ever caught this year.
She gives us these words to live by as educators:
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
- William Arthur Ward
Mrs. Betty Parker is our Special Education Lead Teacher. She is an extraordinary resource for the parents of our special education students. She has worked in the field of education for 34 years and been at Mabry for 14. She taught special education students, self-contained, for 28 years before becoming our Special Education Lead Teacher.
Anyone that knows Mrs. Parker knows of her unending love of animals. Presently she has 5 cats and 2 dogs and is acting as a foster mom for a mother cat and her 2 kittens. She actively supports Good Muse, Cats in the Cradle, the Humane Society of the US, and other organizations that support and protect animals. Mrs. Parker is also very active in her church and works with MUST Ministries providing support to the homeless.
She is from a military background and has lived in many states all over the US, to include: New York, New Jersey, Texas, Florida (Pensacola and Key West, where she was born), Virginia (2 different times), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Mississippi. She also lived in Naples, Italy, and was frequently seen riding her motorcycle around the Colosseum in Rome. While living abroad, she traveled throughout Europe extensively.
Mrs. Parker genuinely loves working with parents, getting to know them when their child is having learning problems. She strongly believes that mutual work between the school and home is utterly essential to getting to the bottom of learning problems and solving them. But her greatest passion is knowing and working with an individual child, watching them blossom when they think they can't and discover that they really can and are in fact very capable learners.
Mrs. Parker's phone number: 770-928-5558
Mrs. Wendy Pettett, a native of Cobb County, with deep roots in the North Georgia Mountains, is our assistant administrator. Ask her about her childhood on Blue Ridge Lake and she will wax nostalgic. Mrs. Pettett has a BBA in marketing from Georgia Southern University and sold computers for Burroughs Corporation before the advent of the personal computer. After the birth of her two sons, she remained a stay-at-home mom while teaching aerobics, substitute teaching, and teaching preschool. She has taught in Cobb County for 13 years with nine of these years spent as an instructional technology specialist. She loves curriculum and sees marketing and teaching as closely related - with teaching selling the excitement of learning.
Mrs. Pettett enjoys riding her bike and can be found on the Silver Comet Trail on the weekends. She also enjoys walking her dogs, camping and gardening. After her yearly camping pilgrimage to the Great Smoky Mountains, with her husband of 27 years, she eagerly looked forward to joining the Mabry staff.
Mrs. Jo-Anne Preston spent 27 years with BellSouth and retired as a Staff Manager from the Network Department in June, 1996. She has been involved with technology with the Cobb County District for the past 9 years and has been at Mabry since 2001. She manages all of our technology at Mabry, which is no small task . Not only does she keep up with what is where and when, she also keeps all of our desktops and laptops happy. She works miracles.
She is married to Jerry for 22 years and has two sons, Christopher who is a sophmore at KSU and Tim who is a senior at Woodstock High School. Both boys have kept Jerry and Jo-Anne very busy with baseball over the last 15 years.
When she is not at school, Mrs. Preston enjoys gardening and vacationing at the beach. She hopes to really retire to the beach someday!
Mrs. Jackie Rand is one of outstanding special education teachers. She graduated from Jersey City State University with a BA in Special Education and from Georgia State with an MA in School Counseling. This is the beginning of her 15th year teaching Special Education. Mrs. Rand taught 2 years in New Jersey and 12 years in Cobb County and is beginning her 3rd year at Mabry. She says that, "I know my best years of teaching are still ahead of me."
Teaching Special Education is Mrs. Rand's passion. She enjoys her students immensely and looks forward to coming to work everyday , knowing that she will make a positive diffference in a child's life.
Both of her children, Michael and Jennifer, were very athletic. Many of her best times were spent in school gymnasiums, on the baseball, softball, and soccer fields, as well as on the tennis courts. She says that she could never tell anyone where the main office was in any school, but she always could give directions to where the particular sport was being played. The summer of 2006 has been a memorable one for Mrs. Rand’s family. Her son, Michael, was recently married in July to Meredith, of Alpharetta. And her daughter, Jennifer, graduated from nursing school at Kennesaw State University.
Mrs. Rand and her family have enjoyed participating in many community activities, to list a few: Pinch Hitters, The Jewish Home, The Homeless Shelter and Project Openhand. It was important to Mrs. Rand that we list her dog's names-----Lexi and Bentley and I have 3 grandpups. Their names are Chanel, Charley and Maggie. She wants them to be able to see their names up on the internet! :o)
When she is not in the classroom, Mrs. Rand enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her pet children, reading, music , tennis and traveling. Mrs. Rand has been heard saying, that her 3 years at Mabry have been her "happiest years of teaching." She has always been happy working at other schools, but she has felt a great sense of pride being an instrumental part of beginning a new program at Marby Middle School. She has always held dear the "love letters" from her students and parents. And when she didn’t think things could get any better, her peers voted her 2005-2006 Teacher of the Year. What an honor!
Mrs. Lynn Ridlehoover has been in education for over twenty-five years and has worked in grades K-10. She has been an Academic Bowl Coach, and her team won two years in a row and participated in Washington D.C. finals. Mrs. Ridlehoover has also coached Science Olympiad at elementary and middle school levels.
She was raised in a suburb outside of New York City. She has also lived in upstate New York, Bucks County Pennsylvania, the Virginia-Appalachian area (even had a dairy farm!), Sanibel Island, and now Marietta,Georgia with her husband, Ed. She has one child, Jonathan.
Mrs. Ridlehoover is a member of Golden Retriever Rescue, and has volunteered at the Cobb County Humane Society. She is the co-Publisher of the Bi-Centennial History in New Britain Township, Pa., and has volunteered for Caretta Re-search.
Mrs. Mary Rosengren is the Mabry Middle School Secretary. She has been working for Cobb County schools for 25 year and began as a substitute teacher in the 80’s. She has been a special ed parapro at Kincaid Elementary, worked at the “The Children’s Center” in Marietta, which was later named The Hawthorne Center in Smyrna and is now called Haven Academy. After working there for several years, Mrs. Rosengren transferred to Central Alternative. In 1996, she became the secretary for Mabry Middle School and has called Mabry home for 10 years.
Mrs. Rosengrean and her husband of almost 40 years, Erik, employed with IBM for 36 years have three children, twin boys who were born in Germany and a daughter who was born in New Jersey. The Rosengrens moved to Marietta from New Jersey 27 years ago. She says that she will never return and states, "In fact, I am still trying to lose the Jersey accent!"
Mrs. Rosengren has three grandchildren and one great grandchild. The eldest child is Erik (yes, another Erik in the family) is 20 years old and in the National Guard for training; he has a daughter, Ansley, Mrs. Rosengren's great granddaughter, who is 2. Her next grandchild is Isabella (named after her great great grandmother), she is 8, and she resides in North Caroline with her mother. Last, but not least, is Tyler. He is Mrs. Rosengren's daughter’s son. He is 5 years old and beginning school this year. He says he really enjoys riding the “big boy’s bus” to school.
What a fun time it is at the Rosengren house during the Christmas holidays. Mrs. Rosengren loves spending time with her family, watching the Braves and Falcons with Tyler, who calls her “His GaGa”, and shopping with her daughter and grandson. Mrs. Rosengren also enjoy reading, gardening, and working on the computer. Mrs. Rosengren's father-in-law, Erik, who she refers to as her dad, is still living. As a result, they have 5 generations of Rosengrens. They take good care of their dad.
Mrs. Rosengren states, "I take great pride in Mabry, telling anyone who is willing to listen just how great our school is, not just our test results but also our technology. Our staff is the best, willing to help out anyone at anytime. Our students are the best, for their eagerness to learn, and of course, our parents who pitch in at a moment’s notice to make Mabry the Super School it is."
Mrs. Shockley teachers 8th grade Science. Born in Macon, Georgia, many years ago, Mrs. Shockley is a native Georgian. Although, she spent many years away in school and following her navy husband, Mrs. Shockley returned to Marietta in 1985 where she and her husband raised their two sons.
It was during this time that Mrs. Shockley decided to become a teacher and went back to earn her middle school science/math degree. After completing this degree at KSU, she taught Eighth Grade Earth Science in Cobb County from 1993-1997. She spent three years at Smitha Middle School and one year at East Cobb Middle School.
In 1997, Mrs. Shockley moved to Canberra, Australia, where she first taught as a graduate assistant and finished her masters at University of Canberra. She spent her last two years there teaching grades 7-10 science and math in a private school.
After leaving Australia, she moved to Texas and taught science for four years. And, now she is thrilled to be back in Georgia teaching at Mabry.
When not teaching, Mrs. Shockley enjoys hiking, tennis, wildlife studies (and other geeky science stuff), antiquing, family/friend times, driving old cars, reading, and traveling. She especially likes to go to Australia to visit her granddaughter!
Mrs. Candice Simpson is one of our outstanding special education teachers at Mabry. She has had the pleasure of teaching in Cobb County since 1985 and has both a B.S. and a master's degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin. After graduation, Mrs. Simpson taught in Wisconsin and Houston, Texas, before moving to Atlanta.
She states, "Teaching at Mabry is a joy. I love my team and the wonderful kids at our school. When I am not teaching, I love to go boating, camping, and hiking. I am married with no children, but have a puppy named Cody Ann. I feel very blessed at Mabry and could not have picked a better school." Mrs. Simpson has been a teacher for 25 years.
Mrs. Catherine Slater is one of our hard-working and dedicated paraprofessionals. This will be her sixth year at Mabry but her first with her new last name. She was married last Thanksgiving.
Mrs. Slater is from Upstate New York where she worked as a Certified Teacher Assistant. There she worked at a private school for 7 years and a public school for 6. She brings to Mabry not just her experience with children but also her love for working with them.
Mrs. Slater enjoys spending time with her two daughters, and her two grandsons keeps me very busy. She spends time reading, and camping, and traveling throughout the United States. She especially enjoys sharing with students information about places she has visited.
Mrs. Irene Smith is the Chorus and General Music teacher at Mabry. She has been teaching for 17 years, this being her 18th year in education. Immediately after graduating from college Mrs. Smith taught at several elementary schools in Florida for five years. She has been teaching private voice and piano lessons both in Florida and here in Georgia since college graduation. This will be her 13th year teaching at Mabry.
Mrs. Smith was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She and her parents moved to Ft. Lauderdale, when she was four years old, where she lived until she met her husband, Tom, and moved to Georgia (22 years ago). She went to college on a full music scholarship and graduated from Florida Atlantic University. She added on her K-5 Classroom Education Certification from Kennesaw State University when she moved to Georgia. As everyone can tell, Mrs. Smith loves teaching.
She has two children, Julie (28) and Ryan (21), who is a senior at Clemson University. They too, like to sing and are involved with music. She enjoys spending time with her family, taking trips, attending Clemson football and basketball games (GO TIGERS!), and singing in the Mt. Bethel UMC adult choir. She has been a choir director/organist for numerous churches both here in Georgia and in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, since the age of fourteen. She has enjoyed playing duets at her church and has accompanied the GMEA Honor Chorus for the past ten years. She also enjoys going to their lake house, on Lake Hartwell, overlooking the Clemson Stadium. It is very relaxing.
Her Mabry choruses have always received Excellent and Superior ratings at GMEA Choral Performance Evaluations. They have also been invited numerous times to sing at the All Star Music Festival in Orlando, Florida, where they have received Superior ratings. The Georgia Six Flags Chorus Festival has been another favorite for the chorus to attend when they are not going to Florida.
Every year she has taken her chorus students to All State Chorus in Savannah. They represent our school well and perform in a fabulous concert. Mrs. Smith hosts the Mabry Talent Show each year and has staged two musical performances of The Music Man in the past four years. She hopes to present another musical this year, either Cinderella or Into These Woods. Our eighth grade chorus students go on to be great leaders in the choral department at LHS when they leave us.
Mrs. Smith was teacher of the month at Mabry Middle School in 1999-2000 and Teacher of the Year at Mabry for 2000-2001. She has had the honor of being in the Who's Who Among American Women, 24th Edition, and will be in this year's edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She has written spirit songs for her elementary schools in Florida and wrote some for Shallowford Falls Elementary, Tritt Elementary, and Rocky Mount Elementary when they were the Warriors. Last but not least, she took her first on-line technology course this summer and had a great time!
Mrs. Smith said, "It has been a pleasure teaching at Mabry, and I look forward to meeting many more talented choral students in the years to come."
Mrs. Barb Spannagel is one of our Physical Education coaches at Mabry. She is also the PE Coordinator. Mrs. Spannagel was the Mabry Teacher of the Year in 2000 - 2001 and Cobb County's middle school physical education teacher of the year in 2001. She graduated from a small, private college in South Carolina which practically no one has ever heard of, Coker College. She has been teaching in public schools in Cobb County since 1987 and has been at Mabry for the last 17 years.
Mrs. Spannagel loves to travel (and since her husband is a commercial pilot, they get to do that rather often). She reads voraciously, likes to garden and is into sports with an emphasis on tennis. A little-know fact about Mrs. Spannagel: when she was in the 6th grade, the Russian Ballet (Bolshoi Ballet Company) came to Washington, D.C. where she was living, to do a winter performance of the Nutcracker. Since the Russian children were back home in school during that season, they auditioned local children to perform the children's parts of the ballet. Mrs. Spannagel was selected to join with the Bolshoi, but the costume for the part she was to play didn't fit her because she was too tall. So, she missed out on her chance for stardom.
The Spannagels have two grown daughters, one of whom recently made Mrs. Spannagel a grandmother. Morgan is four months old as of this writing and is changing weekly.
Mrs. Stephens teaches 8th grade Social Studies. She has been in the field of education for 21 years, and her background is filled with a variety of teaching experiences and educational training. She is very excited to finally return to her childhood roots, since she is a Mabry (her maiden name being Mabry, after whom the school is named).
She received her undergraduate degree in special education and began her teaching career as a learning disabilities resource teacher. She later completed her Master's Degree from Georgia State University and Specialist's Degree in Middle Grades Education from Georgia Southwestern University. She has taught middle school language arts, life science, and social studies.
Mrs. Stephens is passionate about history and strives to make history come alive for all students. One of the highlights of her teaching career was when she received training in gifted education - she states that it truly changed the way she teaches all of her students. This background has enabled her to differentiate instruction and challenge all students to their highest potential.
Mrs. Stephens currently is a Gifted Endorsement Class Instructor for North Georgia RESA and finds that working with teachers is greatly rewarding and gives her innovative ideas to use in her own classroom. She has also conducted teacher training workshops in Differentiation of Instruction and Heritage Education for Cherokee and Cobb County teachers.
The achievements of which she is proudest are the ones that directly impact student achievement. She developed and submitted lesson plans for integrating technology in her classroom while working for Cherokee County and was the recipient of a technology grant; she subsequently received a mobile station of laptops to use with her students. "The motivation of students and challenging, rewarding assignments increased dramatically in my classroom when students used laptops on a daily basis. The insights and connections students made in history were very powerful," stated Mrs. Stephens. "I am elated to have the opportunity to use a Promethean Board and the advanced technology that Mabry offers."
On the personal side, Mrs. Stephens is unique in that she is a Mabry and still lives on the 70-acre farm on Wesley Chapel Road that has been in her family for over 100 years. In 2004, the governor awarded the Mabry family a Centennial Farm Award from the State of Georgia. Although Mrs. Stephens still loves to travel, she is very happy to have built her dream house on her great-grandfather's land, where she enjoys gardening and creating flower landscapes.
What excites her? Art and music in all of its forms. She actually wanted to be an artist when she was young and was encouraged by an art professor to change her major to art education. Her father did not think it would be very practical, so painting is something she now does for pleasure. She also plays the piano and dabbles with interior decoration for family and friends.
These are among two of Mrs. Stephens favorite quotes: "Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." --Franz Kafka, and: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." --Eleanor Roosevelt
Mrs. Stephens will inspire her students to see the beauty of their own dreams while challenging them to be lifelong learners.
Mrs. Amy Suggs is an 8th grade Social Studies teacher. She has taught for 15 years teaching, all of them at Mabry Middle School. She attended public school in Cobb County Schools, in fact, she attended Mabry and Lassiter!
Mrs. Suggs is an avid Georgia Bulldog fan with her Masters degrees in both Math and Social Studies. She is married with 2 children (One is a dedicated swimmer and baseball player, and the other is a ballerina.)
Mrs. Suggs hobbies include reading, tennis, and scrapbooking. Her professional passions: "to see the "lightbulb" come on above children's heads as they piece together all of the pieces of history. I also love to see children be successful - it kills me when children don't try their best, and therefore don't make the best grade possible. At the same time, I don't like to give away grades. I feel students should earn every grade - effort goes a really long way with me!!!"
Mrs. Carol Sumrell is one of our 8th grade science teachers. Her family moved here from Raleigh, North Carolina, over 17 years ago. Both of her girls were very young at the time, 3 and under. Marietta, East Cobb, is all they have known.
Mrs. Sumrell was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina in the heart of tobacco county and the pork barbeque with a vinegar based sauce her husband has now made famous among their friends. As a teenager, as many teens did, they primed, (picked) and barned tobacco to be cured and then made it into what she now considers an evil subtance, cigarettes. It was a hot, dirty, sweaty job, but Micky D's and other fast food places were not on every corner.
Mrs. Sumrell's high school days involved cheering and being homecoming queen and meeting her husband of 26 years. On July 29, 2004, their 25th wedding anniversary, she and her husband fulfilled a promise they made the first year they were married. They had Elvis remarry them in Las Vegas! It was all it should have been and more! The whole experience was fun, exciting and just a really good time. The Sumrell's children and friends were able to attend via the internet. After the true-to-Elvis ceremony was complete, they dined at the exquisite Venecian Hotel to find that their waiter was a former Cobb county resident and graduate from Wheeler high school many years earlier. Small world.
Mrs. Sumrell is a BIG fan of roller coasters and, while her husband leaves them with white knuckles that she has to pry from the handles, Mrs. Sumrell relishes each and every turn and scream with excitement, dreading the end. Life this year has also been a roller coaster in that her first born left to go to college and now has returned to study locally. Her youngest is a senior in high school; the Sumrells are moving to a new home, and Mrs. Sumrell is working toward her Masters in Science Education at Kennesaw State University.
Mrs. Sumrell has an Associate Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology, a Bachelors of Science in Middle Grades education and, as mentioned earlier, is working on her Masters. She considers herself to be a Jack, or as she says, a Jill of all trades. She loves to sew, can use a chop saw with the best of them, paint (standard and faux), wallpaper, recover furniture, lay flooring, tear out doorways and kitchen cabinets, and she has just fixed the first hole in her ceiling after very graciously putting her foot through it while in the attic. Mrs. Sumrell even possess a commercial drivers license (without air brakes, no school bus driving for her), but she has yet to tackle plumbing or electricity. She will save that for the new house.
She has always been the free spirit in her family being the youngest of three. It seems odd to her family and friends, as well as her childrens' friends, that she would be stern enough to be an effective ISS teacher. But, for whatever reason, she was a strong disciplinarian in the science classroom, and the ISS position just seemed to fit for her last year. This year she is returning to the Science class, her passion.
Mrs. Nancy Treadwell is one of our 7th grade math teachers. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a BS in Speech with an emphasis in Public Relations. She earned her BS in Education from Kennesaw State University. She is now beginning her 14th year of teaching, and this year is her third year at Mabry. She has been one of the pioneers at Mabry with the Accelerated Math program, an excellent tool all of our math teachers use to assess current student math skills. The program also promotes continuous review of essential math skills.
When asked what her professional passion is, Mrs. Treadwell said, "To facilitate each student's achieving his or her personal best. I believe each child can be successful in the area of mathematics, and I strive to help each child find the way that he or she "learns best."
Mrs. Treadwell has an unusual hobby, horseback riding and equestrian activities. She has had her own horse, Gold 'n Glory, for 8 years. They trail ride and participate in local horse shows. She is an active member of Georgia Equine Rescue League, a volunteer organization that helps starved and abused horses throughout the state of Georgia.
Mrs. Cathy Worthington is one of our 7th grade Language Arts teachers. She has a rich career as an educator, having taught for over 33 years! She brings a wealth or perspective and expertise to Mabry and is also our Language Arts Coordinator at Mabry. Mrs. Worthington is presently working on her doctorate in education and is often doing homework and research in the evenings. She enjoys being a teacher during the day and a student in the evenings and on weekends.
In her free time, you will often catch Mrs. Worthington with a calligraphy pen in hand as she pens quotes, poems, awards, and posters for her classroom. (By the way, if you are interested in learning calligraphy this year, you might be able to persuade her to have some morning sessions!) You will rarely catch her without a book in hand, and she challenges her students to join her to reach way above the 25-book goal. On the weekends, you will often find her visiting local bookstores. The trip is a special success if she finds a new book for the classroom; each Monday she does a book chat for the new book addition for the classroom library. You might say she is a bit book crazy and proud of it!
Collections abound in the Worthington house: quotable quotes, picture books, humorous monster characters, calligraphy pens, bookmarks, logic puzzles, word-play activities, interesting words, and tidbits of trivia are just some of the things she likes to collect.
When asked who her favorite authors are, she will, without hesitation, say: “My talented young authors at Mabry Middle School, of course!”
Ms. Crawford has been teaching for ten years in Philadelphia, Hawaii and Georgia. She always knew that she wanted to be a teacher and eventually a principal since she was five years old. During her teaching career, she has had the pleasure of teaching Spanish, English as a Second Language, Business Technology, and Special Education (Math, English and Economics) in elementary school, middle school, high school and at the adult education level.
Ms. Crawford grew up bilingual (Spanish and English), her father is from Puerto Rico and her mother from Philadelphia, PA. She attended an international high school where she had the opportunity to travel and meet ambassadors and other global leaders, do research and discuss international affairs. She received here B.S. in Secondary Education and Spanish from Pennsylvania State University and studied abroad in Puerto Rico. She also received her M.A. in Curriculum Instruction and Adult Education from Central Michigan University and is currently interested in pursuing her Ed.D.
Ms. Crawford has a daughter named Zya who is six years old and enjoys spending time with her daughter. She also enjoys hiking, camping, speaking more than one language and traveling. Ms. Crawford has traveled to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Canada and Brazil. Currently, she is learning how to speak Portuguese, Hindi and Hawaiian. Her motto is: "Being multilingual is like a super power to communicate to anyone in the world."
Ms. Deana Hansard is our In School Suspension teacher. She is also in charge of our morning Study Hall, which begins at 8:15AM this year. She is one of a few: she was born here in Marietta at Kennestone Hospital and remains in Cobb County today. She graduated from Sprayberry High School, a Lassiter rival. She earned her Bachelor's Degree at Kennesaw College in Middle Grades Education, with a major in Math and a minor in Language Arts (which her students will verify since she is consistent in helping them with their correct grammar).
Ms. Hansard is following in the footsteps of her grandmother, mother, 2 aunts and 1 uncle by entering the classroom. This is her 22nd year; her first 14 years were at Tapp Middle, and this is her 8th year as a Mabry Charger. Many years ago Ms. Hansard worked with Dr. Tyson at a different middle school in Cobb County for six years when he first became an administrator. Her dedication to the profession has been blessed, often, but being named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers three times by former students makes it even more rewarding.
Her spare time involves a love of football; as her classroom displays, she is an avid fan of the UGA "Dawgs." She, also, enjoys singing in the church choir, working in the yard and country music. [She went to SHS w/ Travis Tritt.] Ms. Hansard's free-time does not involve as much travel as she'd like, but when able, she "does it up well." In the last few years, she enjoyed a week in Hawaii and a cruise to Alaska, which evolved from the generosity of a former student who played professional football.
Her time at Mabry involves the Charger Club and assisting in fund-raising. In one fund-raiser, she was fortunate enough to "win" the opportunity to kiss Wilbur, a live pig! Her Math classes always bring in over 3,000 box tops each year; this, alone, helps our PTSA add over $300 to money they raise for our school.
Ms. Rebecca Kelly was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She began her teaching career at Mabry Middle School in 2003 and is thrilled to be returning to Mabry this year. Ms. Kelly teaches 8th grade language arts and has undergraduate degrees in English and English Education. She received her Masters in Professional Writing in 2004 from Kennesaw State University.
Ms. Kelly's hobbies include reading, horseback riding, traveling, and scuba diving. She spent half the summer studying Portuguese in Brazil and the other half traveling through Europe. She has been scuba diving in the Bahamas, Bonaire, Greece, Hawaii, Brazil and Costa Rica.
"I am so thankful to have a job that I look forward to each and every day. I was lucky to have great teachers growing up. That was a strong factor influencing my decision to become a teacher, and I hope that my students will look back on their time in my classroom with the same fond memories."
Ms. Ingle Larkin teaches 7th grade Life Science at Mabry. No one would ever guess that last year was only her 2nd year in teaching as she is a natural-born teacher. Ms. Larkin came to us from Dr. Tyson's hometown, Pensacola, Florida. In fact, she was raised on the beach and spent some time actually living on a boat. Ms. Larkin used to swim with wild dolphins in her backyard, the Gulf of Mexico. Another way cool fact about Ms. Larkin is that her dad, a high ranking military officer, used to drop his kids off at school in a helicopter. He'd land on the blacktop or the playing fields!
Mrs. Larkin has been a lifeguard for 11 years, and is now a Red Cross Instructor for lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR. Her best childhood memories, aside from the beach, are of National Wildlife Camp, a wilderness survival summer camp sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. The camp is located in North Carolina. She was a camper for 8 years. Her experiences with plants and animals at this camp are what lead her to become a science teacher. In fact, when Dr. Tyson interviewed Ms. Larkin for her teaching position at Mabry, he had to wait for her to come up out of the caves before he could reach her on the phone!
In her spare time she is a counselor at Camp Greystone in North Carolina, teaching swim lessons and working with the children and youth at her church. Her community passion is working in homeless shelters and tutoring homeless children. Ms. Larkin's best friend is her 10 month old Pug puppy, Chica.
She likes Life Science because it is gross, fun, interactive, and relevant to the real world all at the same time. Plus, the kids are really into gross and fun! This school year she says that she is looking most forward to iMovie (her team took home a coveted statue), Jekyll Island, and Piggy Week!
Ms. Tracy McCall is one of our Physical Education coaches and the yearbook sponsor at Mabry. She came to Mabry 3 years ago after teaching in the state of Florida for 17 years. As a matter of fact, all of her teaching experience has been at the middle school level.
Coach McCall is a third generation teacher. Her grandfather taught history and was a basketball coach. Her mother was also a PE coach. Before coming to Mabry, Ms. McCall was the Teacher of the Year at 2 different schools in Florida: Gifford Middle in Indian River County, and Westwood Middle in Alachua County.
Most people don't know that notaries in the state of Florida can perform marriage ceremonies. Ms. McCall, once a notary in that state, performed 5 weddings to couples who remain married to this day. Of the five weddings, she performed one on a sandbar, and another on a barge, both at sunset!
Mrs. Patricia Miller is teaching Seventh Grade Language Arts this year at Mabry. She earned her undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University. After attending Graduate School at San Diego State, Cornell University and Sam Houston University, she received her Masters in Education from Kennesaw State University. After completing another 36 hours of Graduate work, Mrs. Miller completed the requirements for certification in Educational Leadership in Texas. She is definitely a life-long learner!
The last few years she has worked at the Intermediate level in The Woodlands, Texas, and recently returned to the Atlanta area.
Mrs. Miller has been employed in the field of education for over 20 years and still looks forward to the beginning of school each year. She enjoys teaching as much as she does learning. She believes that her job is more than teaching a subject area, but to make a difference in student's lives. Students will not remember what they learned, as much as they will remember the connections they made during middle school.
Mrs. Miller is married and has two daughters in college. Jessica is at the University of Houston and Sarah is attending the University of North Texas. Outside of school, Mrs. Miller stays busy volunteering and supporting numerous charities, cooking, watching football and planning her next beach vacation.
Ms. Amanda Mitchell has been teaching 6th grade Math for 6 years, all of them at Mabry. She loves to see students’ faces light up when they finally get it, and she likes to try and find ways to make math easier to understand, and to help relieve math anxieties for sixth graders. No one should be scared of math!
Ms. Mitchell is a southern girl from Albany, Georgia, where she lived her entire life until going to college at Valdosta State University. She moved up to the big city about 7 years ago and recently got her Master’s degree in Adolescent Math Education at Kennesaw State University. Her "most favorite thing to do" is lie on the beach and read a good book!
"I love my job! I love math! If you don't now, hopefully when you enter my room we can change that!" Ms. Moncrieff has a theory that anyone can learn math when it is explained in a manner that they understand. All of a sudden math actually becomes fun!
Ms. Moncrieff has taught for 13 years in the Cobb County system, all grades from 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th and all subjects from Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies to Math. However, she is happy to say that she is doing exactly what she enjoys the most: teaching 8th grade math!! She loves the feeling of seeing the "light go off" in a student's head when he or she finally understands something with which they have struggled. *
Ms. Moncrieff has also tutored extensively from home for eight years in all levels of math through high school. She believes that this experience has had an incredible impact on her teaching.
She was fortunate to be awarded the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for 2005, a tremendous award, since it is a result of student nominations. (And yes, she now even has her very own blue vest.)
And for fun? Well, this summer, Ms. Moncrieff has completed some projects around the house, traveled to Montana, Canada, Washington State, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. She has visited friends from college, and friends she met in the third grade!! She has even managed some pool time! You can catch her most days fitting in time for the gym, working in the yard, cooking or just enjoying life with two teenagers!
Ms. Moncrieff is quick to say that "Life is fun*.Life is good*Anyone a Gamecock fan?" She went to the University of South Carolina for her undergraduate degree and attended Georgia State for her Masters in Education. This will be her 6th year at Mabry, and she is looking forward to a great year!
Ms. Diane Osterfeld is the new Bookkeeper. She can assist you with questions about payments to the school for such things as yearbooks, lost and damaged textbooks, etc.
Prior to joining Mabry, she worked 18 years for a software company in various positions supporting, designing, and testing financial and investment accounting systems. She graduated from Jacksonville University with a degree in Economics.
In her spare time she volunteers with Children's Restoration Network, which helps children that are homeless or are in group homes. She also enjoys gardening, reading, and walking her shelter-adopted dog, Molly.
You can reach Ms. Osterfeld at 770-928-5546, extension 227.
Ms. Suzanne Scott was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and grew up the youngest of 2 in an army family. After living in Germany, Alabama, Kansas, and Long Beach, California, she and her family decided to move to Douglasville, Georgia, where she completed her high school career. Ms. Scott earned a Bachelors of Music degree from Georgia State University, and just completed a Masters of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois. Ms. Scott came to Mabry in 2000, and this is now her 7th year of teaching!
Ms. Scott began her musical career at a bright and early age of 4, with piano lessons. Several years later she began playing the trumpet (it was in the house, left by an older cousin, and she began teaching herself!) and was immediately hooked! She's performed in jazz bands, brass ensembles, community bands, funk, soul, and ska bands all before the age of 20. Although her sights were set on performance, she fell in love with teaching and discovered the joys of working with young musicians. During the school year she does everything she can to maximize her students' potential, but even when the academic year is done, she is found working with other young musicians in music camp settings.
Although Ms. Scott loves relaxing at home with her two dogs-Ella and Pa-Du-Gee-she will attempt to accomplish two of her "life's goals" in the near future: complete a triathlon and run a marathon.
Ms. Karen Shaw is one of our 6th grade math teachers. She is also one of our 6th grade advanced content teachers. Ms. Shaw has been teaching for 20 years, all of them at Mabry. She has received three degrees: a Bachelors Degree, a Ministerial Degree, and a Masters Degree. Ms. Shaw has been named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2002 and 2005.
Ms. Shaw feels it is important to reach out and help others less fortunate. She has been the Charger Club Sponsor (a community service club) for 14 years. Our activities include collecting food, toy, school supplies, and clothes for the needy and pet food for endangered dogs and cats. Ms. Shaw is active in the community and has received several community service awards for work performed.
Ms. Shaw is a Georgia Tech fan and loves the rivalry with her "Georgia" colleagues.