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.
posted on: June 09, 2005
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.
posted on: July 27, 2006
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.
posted on: June 09, 2005
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.
posted on: June 02, 2005
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.
posted on: June 13, 2005
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!
posted on: June 09, 2005
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.
posted on: June 09, 2005
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.
posted on: June 09, 2005
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!!!"
posted on: June 09, 2005