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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

Mrs. Aycock

Mrs. GlennMrs. Aycock is one of our outstanding special education teachers. Georgia born and raised, she followed family tradition and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in the area of special education. She began teaching immediately after graduating from college and furthered her education by obtaining a masters degree from Georgia State University. Mrs. Aycock taught for several years in Cobb County, at Daniell Middle School and at Mabry Middle School, before moving to Germantown, Tennessee. She was happy to move back to Georgia and to begin teaching again in Cobb County in the year of 2004.

Mrs. Aycock is currently certified in special education and middle school reading. She has always taught in middle schools, valued her students, and she still enjoys seeing students grow both academically and emotionally.

Her immediate family consist of her husband of 21 years, her son, her daughter, and the family dog, Mattie. Mrs. Aycock enjoys working on house projects, with her church functions, and spending time with close friends.

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posted on: July 27, 2006

Mrs. Beals

Mrs. BealsMrs. Kay Beals is one of Mabry's outstanding special education teachers. She has been a teacher and an administrator in private schools, in the metro suburbs as well as in downtown Atlanta. In fact, Centennial Park was their playground. Everyone loves her kind spirit combined with her deeply held belief that every child can excel.

Mrs. Beals' first field of study was science. She still marvels at the wonders of the earth, life, and the universe; however, she also loves teaching Reading and Math. When asked what her favorite grade or subject is, she responded, "It's always the one I'm currently teaching." She has taught kindergarten through high school and is certified in both regular education and special education with degrees from Brigham Young and Kennesaw State University.

Mrs. Beals has been at Mabry 4 of her 14 years in education. But teaching is actually her second career, her first was raising her five children – never a boring moment! She has also been very active in community service: helping coordinate and provide training for volunteer tutors (for 5 years) for an Atlanta reading program; directing a week-long primitive camping program for girls 12 to 18 for many summers; establishing, for the City of Smyrna Library, academic resources for home schooling parents, and a monthly, Kids-Sharing-With-Kids program for home schooled children. She has taught a daily high school early morning Seminary (scripture study) class for six years and currently serves in her church's regional Young Women's program (girls 12 to 18).

Mrs Beals loves most anything out of doors, especially travel. She has ‘survived’ following her husband on many backpacking trips, although she much prefers traveling by horse while he walks/hikes. Some of her more memorable adventures included spending 5 days (50 miles) with a delightful mare, her four month old colt, and a gelding in the high Unita Mountains (8,000-12,000 ft) in Utah, traveling in Costa Rica (during the 9/11 tragedy), and last year, she and her husband climbed down a cliff to get to the bottom of a 200 foot waterfall in Havasupi Canyon, AZ. This fall they will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary.

Her present interests include pottery on the wheel. In fact, she said, "Opening the kiln is like opening presents, you never know what you’re going to find! The same goes for children. ... I must say that Mabry is an amazing community, filled with devoted professionals who have made my years here the best ever."

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posted on: June 02, 2005

Mrs. Collins

Mrs. CollinsMrs. Romaine Collins grew up near the South Carolina coast in Dillon, South Carolina. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree specializing in specific learning disabilities and behavior disorders k-12. The irony of her major is that she began her career as a pre-med major and was turned onto education by none other than, you guessed it, a dynamic educator!! She has taught for 20 years in the special education field in a variety of settings...rural Georgia and South Carolina, inner-city Dekalb County, and at Mabry for 8 years.

Her professional passions include writing and character education. She states, "In developing a student ready to face the challenges of this new millineum, a student must be well-rounded not only academically, but be able to communicate and develop a positive social conscience. We often underestimate the capacity for change that our students can exert upon our world, and I am forever fascinated by the untapped gifts that our students bring to the classroom. It is my job to tap these valuable resources and make the students aware of their strengths at a tender age when they are unsure of what their contribution may be to our school and world."

When not in the classroom, Mrs. Collins enjoys playing tennis on both her USTA and ALTA teams. She also enjoys playing the piano and spending time with her friends and two girls, Mim and Jada. Her children are the lights of her life!

Professionally, Mrs. Collins states that she has been blessed to have been chosen by her collegues as Mabry's Teacher of the Year for 2004-05. However, her most meaningful accolades were to be selected by former Mabry students for the Who's Who Among America's Teachers for the years 2001 and 2005. Such recognition proves to her that a positive educator can have a tremendous impact on a student's life, and it continues to be not only her job but, as she says, "an honor" each year.

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posted on: June 02, 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. Jennings

Mrs. JenningsMrs. Jennings is one of our outstanding special education teachers. She has a passion for teaching math (she actually thinks math is ‘fun’) and loves teaching reading this year. Before teaching, she worked in human resources as a recruiter and then in sales for the Hershey Corporation. After staying home to raise her 3 sons, she returned to the workforce in 1997. Instead of returning to the world of business, she decided instead to return to school and get her teaching certification. She’s been a part of the Mabry family for nine years, working by day and going to school in the evenings and on weekends. Mrs. Jennings loves to spend time with her husband and three boys, two at Lassiter and one at UGA. Her passions are sports (especially football), music, cooking, reading, traveling, and the theater.

“I absolutely love getting up in the morning to come to work. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I work with a staff that is not only professional but cares so much about each other and about the students they teach. My students are the best! Sometimes I feel like I learn as much from them as they do from me. My greatest pleasure is to watch the expressions on their faces when they finally say, 'I get it.' My philosophy is summed up in only three words: Opportunity is now here! Just like that glass of water that is either half empty or half full, I try to teach my students that success depends on how they look at it."

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posted on: June 09, 2005

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. Kirshner

Mrs. KirshnerMrs. Connie Kirshner, and educator of 17 years, is a member of the Special Education Department at Mabry Middle School. She can't remember a time that she wasn't teaching. Even as a young girl she would line up her dolls, or her imaginary friends, or any livestock that would hold still and present her best lesson! Livestock-? She grew up in a rural area of Florida, luckily, still close enough to enjoy Clearwater Beach.

As a young girl, Mrs. Kirshner, tutored her brother who had a learning disability. Naturally she focused her own education in Special Needs, starting with Hearing Impaired but later settled into Learning Disabilities when she attended the University of South Florida. Mrs. Kirshner juggled a combination of jobs to put herself through college. Not surprising, one of those positions was a teacher of pre-school children.

After graduating from USF, Mrs. Kirshner worked "flipping hamburgers" with special education high school graduates in the BKapable Program for Burger King. "Working at Burger King is more difficult than you think. It is important to match auditory learners with auditory positions like drive thru, and make sure visual learners are reading the screens to fill orders. Otherwise the entire "fast" food system can break down" she explains.

Mrs. Kirshner later began teaching special education at the elementary level, K-5. She relocated to Marietta with her husband and 3 children in 1992. She has been an educator at Mabry Middle School for 14 years. "The first year at the middle school level was tough. In fact, there were days when I didn't think I would survive middle school. But I quickly learned to love it, and couldn't imagine living without it!" she states.

Besides education, Mrs. Kirshner is passionate about softball! She has been the pitcher for her 1st place co-ed softball team the past 4 years. Her hobbies include collecting snowmen & mini-teapots, along with interior decorating. "I am an HGTV junkie" she proudly proclaims."

Mrs. Kirshner is proud to proclaim that, in their rookie year, her 6th grade students participated in the 05/06 Mabry Film Festival and walked away WINNERS! Thei-movie titled, From Fantasy 2 Fact, won first place for the category of Best Dramatic Comedy.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Klucsarits

Mrs. Klucsarits Beginning her sixth year at Mabry, Mrs. Donna Klucsarits has been teaching eighth grade special education since her arrival. Always pursuing her passion for mathematics, she has served as math coordinator since 2002. She is anticipating an exciting year working with teachers as they implement the math curriculum in grades 6 through 8.

Mrs. Klucsarits received her Masters Degree in Special Education from Florida State University. After teaching at a private school in Thomasville, Georgia, for three years, she relocated to the Atlanta area where she continued to pursue her educational endeavors. She completed her add-on certificate in Educational Leadership at the University of Georgia. She will graduate with her Specialist Degree this December.

Mrs. Klucsarits married in 2002. This summer she and her husband welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby girl, Kate into the world. They are enjoying learning to be new parents.

Besides work, school, and family, Donna enjoys caring for her two cats, Sherman and Callie. She also enjoys reading, baking, tennis, and following her beloved Florida State Seminoles.

Mrs. Klucsarits is an excellent resource concerning the mathematics curriculum at Mabry. Please feel free to e-mail her regarding any curricular questions or concerns that may arise.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Krodman

Mrs. Krodman Seven of Mrs. Krodman's twenty years of teaching experience have been at Mabry Middle School. The remaining thirteen years were in three public school districts in three different states and one private school. Her experience covers first, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Though she began her teaching career in regular education, her true passion in education is working with students who have special learning needs. Mrs. Donna Krodman is one of the outstanding special education teachers at Mabry. She says that this is the place where she feels her teaching really matters.

"Teachers are always pleased to receive gifts from students, and the best gifts I have ever received at the end of the year came this past school year when two parents wrote very special emails to me, and three former students came by to visit during the last week of school. Those are gifts that won't be discarded or put in the back of a closet; they will be with me always."

Her personal hobbies include reading, enjoying her family and friends, learning, and collecting...well, shoes ;-) Mrs. Krodman grew up in Fort Worth, Texas; the eldest of four children (two girls and two boys.) She graduated from the University of Texas (The real UT not the one in Tennessee they talk about around here.) Upon graduation, she moved to Houston where she taught in HISD for 3 1/2 years. During that time, she met and married the love of her life, her husband Steve. They have been married 28 years.

As Steve began to move up the corporate ladder, the Krodmans began a series of moves that would take them to four different states (two of them twice) and seven different houses. They have two beautiful, bright and successful grown up daughters, Melissa and Jocelyn. Their daughters have always loved animals and they have been parents to several: Their first cat Stripes, three hamsters, Leona Hamsley, Mocha, and Cinnamon, an Arabian horse, Mi Anam, and their current loves: two cats, Hakuna and Matata. They are affectionately known as Kuna and Ta. Can you tell they got them when The Lion King was a big hit?

The Krodmans are active members of Congregation Etz Chaim in Marietta where Mrs. Krodman serves on the board and co-chairs the College Connection committee. This committee provides care packages to their college students at holiday times to remind them of their religious and spiritual ties to their community. Also, Mrs. Krodman serves on the Chesed, or empathy, committee. This group provides meals of mourning for families returning from the funeral of a loved one and gift baskets for members recovering from illness, surgery, or celebrating the birth of a new baby.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Morton

Mrs. Morton Mrs. Kim Morton is one of our outstanding special education teachers. She is a native of Marietta, Georgia and a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a BS in Secondary Social Sciences and Interrelated Special Education. She has been a teacher for 8 years total, 5 of which have been at Mabry Middle School.

Mrs. Morton enjoys cooking and is a big Rachael Ray fan. She has never missed an Atlanta Falcons game (either in the stands or watching it on TV). She greatly enjoys singing (and is really good actually!) and music. In fact, she said that she would try out for American Idol "if I wasn't sooooo old!" She would probably win!

Mrs. Morton loves to spend the summer at the beach and enjoys yearly family fishing trips. She caught the biggest fish she has ever caught this year.

She gives us these words to live by as educators:

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
- William Arthur Ward

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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. Simpson

Mrs. Simpson Mrs. Candice Simpson is one of our outstanding special education teachers at Mabry. She has had the pleasure of teaching in Cobb County since 1985 and has both a B.S. and a master's degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin. After graduation, Mrs. Simpson taught in Wisconsin and Houston, Texas, before moving to Atlanta.

She states, "Teaching at Mabry is a joy. I love my team and the wonderful kids at our school. When I am not teaching, I love to go boating, camping, and hiking. I am married with no children, but have a puppy named Cody Ann. I feel very blessed at Mabry and could not have picked a better school." Mrs. Simpson has been a teacher for 25 years.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

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