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Mr. Howard

Mr. Howard 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

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. Albertson

Mrs. GlennMrs. 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!!"

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posted on: July 27, 2006

Mrs. Baylor

Mrs. Baylor 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.

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posted on: June 02, 2005

Mrs. Carroll

Mrs. Carroll 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.

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posted on: June 02, 2005

Mrs. Glenn

Mrs. GlennMrs. 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.

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posted on: June 13, 2005

Mrs. Graber

Mrs. Graber 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Haag

Mrs. Haag Mrs. Haag is the counselor for 8th grade and half of 7th grade. She grew in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 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. Haag went to Penn State for undergraduate school and the University of Pittsburgh 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 chocolate lab Reilly for walks with her husband Sean.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Hieber

Mrs. Hieber 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.

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posted on: June 09, 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. Kulkarni

Ms. Kulkarni 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Treadwell

Mrs. Treadwell 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.

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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. Larkin

Ms. Larkin 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!

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posted on: June 09, 2005

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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