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.
posted on: June 09, 2005
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!
posted on: June 02, 2005
Mrs. 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."
posted on: June 09, 2005