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