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Mr. Doemel

Mr. Doemel 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."

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posted on: June 02, 2005

Mr. Graber

Mr. Graber 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mr. Johnson

Mr. Johnson 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mr. Kornegay

Mr. Kornegay 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mr. Welborn

Mr. WelbornMr. 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Evans

Mrs. Evans 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!

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posted on: June 02, 2005

Mrs. Hendrix

Mrs. HendrixMrs. 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!

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Hiss

Mrs. HissMrs. 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Ingram

Mrs. Ingram
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.

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posted on: November 30, 2006

Mrs. Johnson

Mrs. Johnson Mrs. Nancy Johnson was born and raised in New Mexico. After high school in Clovis, she attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where she planned to earn her degree in education. Life and circumstances led her in another direction, and she eventually went to work in the business world. Later she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque.

Mrs. Johnson worked in the business field for several years, but after her children were born she quit work to stay home with them. When they entered preschool, Mrs. Johnson went with them as a volunteer. She immediately knew that she wanted to work with children, and she returned to school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP).

Mrs. Johnson earned a Master's Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of New Mexico and after a clinical fellowship year, where she worked under supervision, she earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence, a national certification awarded by ASHA, the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Her experience in her field includes two summers at UNM as a clinician in the summer literacy program. This program was designed as an intensive literacy experience for students who use augmentative communication devices. Mrs. Johnson has worked in preschool with the Child Find program and in kindergarten through twelfth grades. She has been at Mabry for 5 years and truly enjoy the students here. One of the things she really enjoys about her job is that her students stay with her all three years. She says, "It's fun to watch them come to Mabry as anxious 6th graders and develop into confident 8th graders ready to take on high school."

Mrs. Johnson is married to Jesse and has two daughters, Amy and Tessa, who will both be attending the University of Georgia this fall, Amy as a third year student, and Tessa as a Freshman. She has a dog, Shadow, and a cat, Thomas. Moving to Georgia was an adjustment for her family, but they are beginning to think of it as home. They especially love the green and the flowers! Mrs. Johnson enjoys cooking, sewing, gardening, and reading, but has not had much time to do many of those things over the last few years. With her girls going to college she is looking forward to some free time to rediscover old interests.

Mrs. Johnson's office is in the Media Center. Please stop by if you have questions, concerns, or need information.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Parker

Mrs. Parker 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

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Rand

Mrs. Rand 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!

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Smith

Mrs. SmithMrs. 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."

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Spannagel

Mrs. SpannagelMrs. 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Ms. McCall

Ms. McCall 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!

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Ms. Scott

Ms. ScottMs. 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

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