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Mrs. Armijo

Mrs. ArmijoMrs. Jill Armijo is one of our hard-working and dedicated paraprofessionals.

She is a certified teacher and even attended the summer institute hosted by Cobb County for administrators and teachers all around the county.

She is always smiling and eager to help. She assists our teachers and students to help them maximize their academic achievement.

posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Castro

Mrs. Castro Mrs. Anne Castro, a certified teacher, is one of our dedicated Special Education paraprofessionals. She has been with Cobb County for 12 years; this being her 3rd year at Mabry. She lived in California most of her life. During those years in beautiful Southern California, she taught Special Education (20 years) including Orthopedically Handicapped, Autism, and Deaf/Blind.

She loves traveling, gardening, tennis, volleyball, and reading. In California, she played competitive tennis for years and won many tournaments. One of her faviorite wins was the time the celebration was on the Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor. Her picture was even in the paper the next morning!!

She has been married for 37 years to her high school sweetheart, and has 3 grown children. The true pride and joy of her life are her 5 grandchildren, Tyler, Morgan Anne, Madison, Peyton, and Hannah Grace (1 month). Keeping up with them keeps her young!!

Mrs. Castro feels that working in Special Education is a privilege, and she states that she is blessed to be able to do this at a great school like Mabry, with such a dedicated staff. She says that, "Meeting the challenges of a Special Education student makes me a better person."

posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Earl

Mrs. EarlMrs. Janell Earl, a native of North Carolina, is one of our hard-working and dedicated paraprofessionals. She attended Appalachian State University where she earned a B.S. in Elementary Ed. (1-8). Mrs. Earl taught in the Shelby and Charlotte-Mecklenburg school systems (6th and 8th grades) before her two children were born. She was active in their schools as they moved from Charlotte to Atlanta, then to Greenville, S.C., and then back to Atlanta. She worked in the Cobb County system as an supply teacher and a substitute for many years before she began working as a paraprofessional. She loves working with her students and helping them to be successful in school. She says that she especially enjoys seeing their faces when they perform above even their own expectations.

Mrs. Earl enjoys gardening and going to the beach with family during the summer. She has given up tennis, but loves to walk in her neighborhood. She is active in her church and has especially enjoyed and benefited from a program in the women's ministry. Mrs. Earl was able to go to China with other volunteer teachers and teach English to Chinese middle school teachers in a Chinese middle school. During her three trips to China, she was also able to visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and many other places that she said she never dreamed she would ever see. Mrs. Earl has gone with the group to Thailand twice- to teach and work at orphanages. She even rode an elephant in the countryside on one of her trips.

Mrs. Earl states that her greatest joy is her grandchildren. She has a four year old granddaughter and a grandson who is two. They live in Andover, MA, so she doesn't get to see them as much as she would like. She said, "I love what I do, and I love my life. I look forward to a great year working with the teachers and students at Mabry this year." Her kindness and dedication to our students make her an invaluable part of our staff.

posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Hiss

Mrs. HissMrs. 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.

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posted on: June 09, 2005

Mrs. Slater

Mrs. RorarbaughMrs. Catherine Slater is one of our hard-working and dedicated paraprofessionals. This will be her sixth year at Mabry but her first with her new last name. She was married last Thanksgiving.

Mrs. Slater is from Upstate New York where she worked as a Certified Teacher Assistant. There she worked at a private school for 7 years and a public school for 6. She brings to Mabry not just her experience with children but also her love for working with them.

Mrs. Slater enjoys spending time with her two daughters, and her two grandsons keeps me very busy. She spends time reading, and camping, and traveling throughout the United States. She especially enjoys sharing with students information about places she has visited.

posted on: June 09, 2005

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