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Mr. Vernie

Mr. Vernie 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mr. Woolsey

Mrs. GlennMr. 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.

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posted on: July 27, 2006

Mrs. Brown-Curry

Mrs. Brown-Curry 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.

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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. Davis

Mrs. Davis 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.

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posted on: June 02, 2005

Mrs. Jackson

Mrs. Jackson 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.

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posted on: June 02, 2005

Mrs. Lippincott

Mrs. LippincottMrs. 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."

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Miceli

Mrs. Miceli 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!

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Ridlehoover

Mrs. Ridlehoover 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Ms. Mitchell

Ms. Mitchell 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!

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Ms. Shaw

Ms. Shaw 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

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