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Mrs. Abrams

Mrs. Abrams 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:

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.

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posted on: June 02, 2005

Mrs. Burke

Mrs. BurkeMrs. 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!"

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posted on: June 02, 2005

Mrs. Cushman

Mrs. Cushman 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.

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posted on: June 02, 2005

Mrs. Hartnett

Mrs. HartnettMrs. 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?"

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Kaplan

Mrs. Kaplan 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:

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Worthington

Mrs. WorthingtonMrs. 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!”

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Ms. Kelly

Mrs. GlennMs. 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."

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posted on: July 27, 2006

Ms. Miller

Ms. Miiller 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

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