Mrs. Krissie Albertson teaches 8th 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 16th 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 has been back at Mabry for five years!! 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 14 year wedding anniversary with her husband, Michael. They have two children: Katie, who is 8 and will be in third grade at Davis Elementary this year; and Max, who is 5. The Albertson's also have "Pete the Dog," their 12 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!!"
Mrs. 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.
Mrs. 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 26 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.
|Mrs. April Barron
Mrs. April Barron teaches study skills at Mabry. She received a B.S in Speech Pathology from the University of Tennessee and a Masters degree in Education from Georgia State University. She grew up in Cobb County and is a graduate of Walton High School. Her previous teaching experience includes five years at Daniell Middle School and a semester teaching in Australia. In her free time, she enjoys running, playing tennis, and spending time with friends and family.
Mrs. Baylor is beginning her 25th year at Mabry. She began her thirty 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 six 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. Baylor 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. Three years ago 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 iTunes.
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.
Ms. Cynthia Blevins
Ms. Cynthia Blevins teaches 8th grade language arts. This is her third year at Mabry Middle School, but she has been a Cobb County teacher for 8 years previously at Daniell Middle School. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in English with a minor in writing from Illinois State University and developed a career in advertising and corporate work before returning to The University of Tennessee where she received her Master’s of Science Degree in Education. She has served as gifted coordinator at her previous school and her accomplishments include being Teacher of the Year at Daniell Middle School.
Ms. Blevins enjoys reading, traveling, and writing. She has enjoyed running the Peachtree Road Race for the past few year, learning how to do home improvement projects such as installing wood floors and loves chocolate, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.
In Ms. Blevins’ classroom, students will have the chance to be creative, learn about themselves and express their ideas through writing in a safe but challenging learning environment. She enjoys working with students and helping them reach their potential as thinkers and writers. Ms. Blevins is looking forward to this year at Mabry and to the opportunity of getting to know her students and seeing their personal successes throughout this year.
Mrs. Sharon Bockman
Mrs. Sharon Bockmon holds her master’s in Education and has over 21 years of teaching experience in the public and private sector. She loves teaching Special Education at Mabry, and has an affinity for the Middle School Student. She considers her role as a Learning Strategist one that can benefit all the students she come in contact with.Mrs. Bockmon has two sons who are in college, one who is on a Lacrosse Scholarship, so she will not be far from a game on weekends during the spring.
She and her husband enjoy riding motorcycles, although, admittedly, her most comfortable seat is on the back.
Mrs. Bockmon, supports the Cobb Community as a Volunteer Usher at the Cobb Energy Center for Performing Arts, and has held a position on the Executive Board of the Georgia Junior Miss Scholarship Program.
Living and working in New York City gave her the opportunity to become a great lover of the theater, especially a Broadway Musical. Mrs. Bockmon makes at least one yearly trip to New York to get her Broadway “fix” and to visit the two nieces that she dotes on.
An active member of her church, Mrs. Bockmon leads worship as a member of the choir, and has participated as a member of the drama team and dinner theater ensemble.
Lisa Bowman is one of our 8th grade math teachers. This will be her 19th year at Mabry Middle School. Prior to working at MMS, she taught four years at Floyd Middle School in Mableton, GA. When Mabry opened its doors in 1978, Lisa attended as a student. She graduated from Lassiter High School in 1984. She earned both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education at what is now Kennesaw State University.
Lisa Bowman is a homebody. So much so that, when she and her husband bought a house, they found one just two miles from the house that she grew up in. She has attended the same church, Wesley Chapel United Methodist, since 1978, and has always been an active part of the congregation. She taught Sunday school, volunteered for Vacation Bible School, was a member of various committees, helped and/or ran the children's ministry programs, ushered, worked in the technology booth, and currently sings in the praise band.
Lisa Bowman's family consumes the majority of her free time. She has been blessed with a fantastic, fun-loving husband and two wonderful daughters. Her parents and brother live in the area, as well. They are all very important to her and help make her who she is. Lisa spends a lot of time with them, participating in all kinds of activities and sharing most of their lives. They especially enjoy spending time in the mountains and at the beach whenever they have the chance. In Lisa Bowman's "ME" time, she is an exercise enthusiast. She also loves reading, shopping, working all kinds of puzzles, and surfing the net. She enjoys relaxing on her screened-in porch, lying by the pool, or watching her favorite cop shows on TV while grading papers.
Lisa Bowman has overcome many challenges in her life. She has been subjected to many moments of difficulty, all testing her ability to be strong, as well as her faith in God. If you were to ask her what her life has taught her, she would say this:
“Life is short. You never know what’s going to happen, so live each day to its fullest and never give up on your dreams.”
As an 8th grade teacher, Mrs. Bowman enjoys her job. Her day is spent helping students learn the math they need to know to be successful, which she does while working with a group of teachers who are caring, enthusiastic and good-humored. Mrs. Bowman is looking forward to meeting all her new students and is hoping for a great year of new experiences.
Mrs. Jil Brown-Curry teaches 6th grade Science. This is her 15th year teaching and her 13th teaching here at Mabry. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida A & M University and completed teacher certification requirements at the University of Central Florida. She holds certificates in middle grades science and Biology (6-12) in Georgia and Florida with concentrations in math and social science.
Mrs. Brown-Curry taught all grade levels and all branches of middle school science at least once in her career. She also has a strong math background. One can tell that Mrs. Brown-Curry is passionate about her field by simply stepping into her classroom or joining one of her class discussions. She is an energetic, optimistic and enthusiastic instructor with the gift of extrinsic motivation. She respects and values her students' input and opinions. She believes that all children can and will learn and has made it her personal mission to help each child strive to reach his/her maximum potential.
Mrs. Barri Burke teaches 6th grade Language Arts. She has been teaching for a total of 18 years, with twelve of those years being at Mabry. She taught all subjects in elementary school and has taught language arts and social studies in middle school.
Mrs. Burke has a degree in secondary language arts as well as her gifted endorsement. Before becoming a teacher, she worked in the field of journalism. In fact, Mrs. Burke was one of Ted Turner's original employees at CNN, Cable News Network (from 1983-1986) where she helped man the International News Desk. She eventually became a production assistant for the Business News Desk. This valuable experience greatly contributed to her teaching style.
During the summer Mrs. Burke enjoys working out every day, reading, and taking her nine-year-old daughter to the pool.
Mrs. Chouinard-Jahant or Mrs. CJ was born in California but has lived many places. She spent her childhood in Hawaii, Utah, and Colorado before returning to Laguna Beach, California. She attended high school at Laguna Beach High School and then moved to Westwood to attend the University of California Los Angeles. Her last year at UCLA, she studied abroad in Norwich England, where she traveled and experienced life in Europe. After graduating with a BA in Anthropology, she traveled extensively while she worked as a travel agent. She visited Asia, Africa, and South America. After five years of traveling, she settled down in Boston and met her husband.
She moved to Atlanta eleven years ago. She returned to college and received a BS in Education from Kennesaw State University, a Master's in Education from the University of Phoenix, and is currently completing her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from Walden University. She holds teaching certificates in middle grades gifted education, science, social studies and language arts. She has been teaching in Cobb County for four years at Tapp Middle School in AC science, and this will be her second year at Mabry teaching 7th grade science and AC social studies.
Mrs. CJ has three children Gabrial, Zachary, and Elijah, and they all attend Davis Elementary School. She loves to travel, read, and spend time with her family. She loves to collect snow globes, teapots, and masks on her travels and has many from around the world. She loves her morning Starbucks and starting the day teaching and sharing ideas. She loves being able to share her experiences and discuss world issues with her students whether they are science or social studies based. She also loves to mentor students and was science club coordinator at her last school. At Mabry she will sponsor the Georgia BEST Robotics competition and Future City Competition.
Mr. Connelly is our Assistant Principal. He was born and raised in Berea, KY graduating from Berea College with a degree in Industrial Technology with a minor emphasis in Agriculture. During college he worked as a blacksmith, butcher and barn builder as part of the tuition deferment plan. He worked as an architectural designer for eight years before moving to Memphis, TN where he completed his Master’s degree in Education. He taught for five years before becoming an administrator at a K-8 school in Shelby County, TN. Mr. Connelly then moved to East Cobb and worked at J. J. Daniell Middle school as an Assistant Principal before moving to Mabry Middle School.
Mr. Connelly enjoys working in his yard and on home improvement projects around the house. He sings in the choral group “The Michael O’Neal Singers” along with his church choir. He is married with three children aged 26, 23, and 20.
Ms. Costello is one of our MID Special Education teachers. She looks forward to coming to school each morning to interact with her students.
Ms. Costello received her B.S. degree in Health Promotion from Georgia College and continued her education at the University of Georgia for a Master's in Special Education. She is part of a fellowship program for autism transition services, and believes whole heartedly in the significance of teaching functional skills in the classroom. Ms. Costello utilizes her special education knowledge in Cuzco, Peru where she trains teachers and parents of students with autism the fundamentals of behavior analysis and functional skills instruction.
Ms. Costello is from Roswell, Georgia and enjoys working at Mabry and living so close to her family, who all remain in Roswell. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her sisters, planning her trips to Peru, and learning more about ABA.
Mrs. Cushman is one of our 6th grade LA teachers. A veteran teacher with a rich twenty-six year history, she is passionate about teaching children the arts of language. She has been on the Mabry staff for twelve years and a Cobb County teacher for twenty-seven years.
Mrs. Cushman’s family lived in the Mabry community for 26 years. Her children attended Rocky Mount Elementary, Mabry, and graduated from Lassiter High School. Her son is a Georgia Tech graduate and her daughter is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.
As the daughter of a Navy Captain, she spent two years in Pearl Harbor and learned to swim with the dolphins at Waikiki Beach. Her family was there to celebrate Hawaii becoming the 50th state in our union.
After her father's retirement, the family settled in New Bern, North Carolina, where she enjoyed New Bern's rich, colonial history. Her family participated in water sports of all kinds-she even had her own sailboat!
Mrs. Cushman received an Associate of Arts degree from Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science degree from East Caroline University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Mrs. Cushman enjoys working in her yard and loves curling up with her cat to read a good book.
Mrs. Elizabeth Davis is a 6th grade science teacher. She has been teaching for 13 years, all of them at Mabry. She also serves as Mabry's Performing Arts Coordinator and mentors KSU students for future teaching positions. Mrs. Davis loves technology and hands-on learning experiences for her students in science. She even has produced an iMovie for parents and students that presents an overview of her curriculum.
Mrs. Davis loves to show students a picture she had taken with Bill Nye, the Science Guy, at the NSTA conference that was held in Atlanta. Having the picture taken made her feel like a real science geek! Mrs. Davis has taken students to the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. Students have enjoyed hiking, seeing wildlife such as wolves, bears, bison, coyotes, elks, and moose. Students experienced geysers, the Continental Divide, and the Grand Teton mountains. They also enjoyed Las Vegas for the Grand Canyon trip and Old Faithful and Jackson Hole, Wyoming for Yellowstone.
Mrs. Davis volunteers as the awards coordinator for the Strong Legs Run, for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. One of her hobbies is scuba diving, and she have been diving in Negril, Jamaica, Panama City, Florida, and in the Living Seas Tank in the Epcot Center of Walt Disney World, which was so exciting because she was in the tank with many different species of fish, stingrays, and even a shark. More of her hobbies include scrapbooking and funk aerobics.
Her father was in the Marines, so Mrs. Davis lived in South Carolina, Virginia, California, and Tennessee. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a BS in Aerospace Administration, she was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an officer. She attended Officer Basic Course and Helicopter Flight Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where she learned to fly the UH-1 (Huey) and the OH-58A (which are like the traffic helicopters that fly over Atlanta) with over 500 flying hours. After completing flight school, she was sent to Bad Kreuznach, Germany near Frankfurt and was part of the 8th Infantry Division.
While in Germany, she and her husband traveled all over Germany, France, England, Austria, Switzerland, and Berlin. The Mabry students love to hear about the helicopters that Mrs. Davis flew, weapons that she shot, and the many places to which she has traveled. Mrs. Davis loves her second career, teaching, and loves to do lots of hands-on experiments. Her students don’t just read about science, they do science! She has her Master’s Degree in Middle Grades Education from Mercer University in Atlanta, is married to a teacher, and is the mother of two boys.
Mr. Chris Doemel is the Orchestra teacher at Mabry. He does an excellent job of preparing our students to participate in the Lassiter Orchestra Program.
Mr. Doemel was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Southeast Missouri State University and his Master of Music degree from Florida State University. He spent 4 years in the US Army and was stationed at Ft. McPherson in the Forces Command (3rd Army) band.
Mr. Doemel has been a professional musician for 29 years now, playing french horn for his 20th season with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. He has taught a total of 16 years, all in Cobb County, at Nash, Campbell, Dodgen, and Mabry middle schools. This is his 8th year at Mabry.
Under his leadership, the Mabry Symphony performed at the 2006 Georgia Music Educators Conference, which is a notable honor. He has arranged for the commission of a new work for full orchestra to be premiered at the Georgia Music Educators' Association Conference this year.
Outside of the school day Mr. Doemel stays busy with family activities including traveling and sports. Other interests include coaching youth baseball, teaching religion classes and playing in a community band. When asked for a little-known fact about himself, Mr. Doemel responded, "I used to have really killer hair."
Jeff is our Mabry Middle School's head Custodian. You will find Jeff hard at work in the halls of Mabry and readily available when called for assistance.
Jeff is originally from Leeds, Alabama where he was employed by several major distribution companies as Pepsi Cola, Golden Flake Chips, where he was a valued district manager, and Flowers Bread Bakery.
He is the father of two boys, Tyler and Ryan, who have both attended Mabry Middle School. His wife, Shannon, and sons join him in cheering for his favorite team the Auburn Tigers (if you hadn't noticed his spirit wear!)
In his spear time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and watch college football with his family.
Mrs. Trellys Graber is one of our 7th grade math teachers. She has been teaching for 16 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 four sons. 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 ten years ago. When the babies are a little older, Mrs. Graber plans on getting involved in ALTA again, as she loves to play tennis.
Mr. Tim Graber is one of Mabry's Physical Education coaches. He also teaches Health. He has been a teacher in Cobb County for 13 years, all of them at Mabry. Coach Graber, who grew up in Opelika, Alabama, had two loves in High School: playing offensive tackle for the Opelika Bulldogs and playing lead trumpet in the Opelika High School Jazz and concert bands. He says that it was a blast being able to do music and sports.
Coach Graber attended Auburn University and earned two education degrees: a Bachelors Degree in 1994, and a Masters in 1997. As an undergraduate he was a member of The Auburn University Marching Band where, as a freshman in 1989, he got to march in the Inaugural Parade for President George H. Bush.
Mr. Graber's wife is Trellys Graber, one of our 7th grade math teachers. They are the proud parents of twin sons born November 5, 2004, and another son in June 2007 and 2010! Naturally they spend most of their spare time with them.
Coach Graber is very active with our Intramurals program. He loves team sports.
Mrs. Carmen Hartnett teaches 8th grade Language Arts. She moved to Atlanta 11 years ago from St. Louis, Mo., and she and her family have never looked back (though they are still avid fans of the Cardinals and Rams!). She received her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Missouri with special certification in remedial reading. She has been a teacher since 1975 and is beginning her ninth year at Mabry. Her three children have attended Cobb schools and are graduates of Walton High School. Michael is a graduate of UGA, Nicholas of Western Kentucky with a business degree in marketing, and Ana will be starting her Junior year at Auburn.
Mrs. Hartnett enjoys reading, walking, being at the beach (any beach, at any time), and spending time with her friends and family. Born in Havana, Cuba, she is fluent in Spanish AND "Spanglish" ! She is often heard around Mabry indulging in her first language with the Spanish teacher .
Mrs. Hartnett was Mabry's Teacher of the Year in 2005-2006 and still feels thankful and honored for the privilege of representing her colleagues. She teaches eighth grade language arts, a position she feels is the perfect fit for her. She believes strongly in the importance of teaching writing to her students, a skill that she is convinced has become paramount to success in one's academic and professional goals. "The challenge that comes with this position is exciting and unique. Eighth graders are creative, funny, and impassioned, themselves, about every aspect of their lives. How can one not thrive being around them every day?"
Mrs. Merrilee Heflin is proud to be Mabry's Principal and begins her third year at Mabry Middle School. She comes to us with an impressive professional background spanning 34 years, with school leadership experience in Georgia, Indiana, and Illinois. Most recently Mrs. Heflin enjoyed four years of success as Principal of J. J. Daniell Middle School. Within Cobb County School District she has also served as Assistant Administrator, both at Daniell and McCleskey Middle School. She has lived in Georgia for the past 17 years.
Mrs. Heflin began her career as a high school special education teacher in rural Southern Illinois. Having grown up as a city girl in Chicago, she found the change in culture both interesting and exciting. She has been fortunate throughout her career to work for innovative districts which offered rich opportunities for learning and leadership. Previous leadership roles in Illinois and Indiana include: Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Director for Special Education, Assistant Principal, and Principal of a Catholic school. She has earned a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degree from Southern Illinois University. Her most recent participation in the Principal’s Institute at Harvard University this summer is reflective of her continued priority on lifelong learning.
Mrs. Heflin has always had a passion for success, and strives to meet varied goals reflecting a balance in life. She is a caring professional who is exceptionally proud of her personal accomplishments as a wife, mother, sister, and friend to many. She has been happily married for twenty-eight years, and has two adult daughters. Her oldest daughter Rachel is in technology sales, while her youngest daughter Lauren has just graduated from Georgia Southern University. Both girls are products of the Cobb County School District, having attended Blackwell Elementary, McCleskey Middle, and Sprayberry High School.
This year Mrs. Heflin’s theme for Mabry is: “Mabry has HEART: High Expectations, Achievement, Relationships, and Technology.” Students have followed her lead by researching and sharing daily quotes with her. A quote she lives by in leading middle school students is:
“If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay as he is, but if you treat him
as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought
to be and what he could be.” Goethe
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 35 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 4. 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 last 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!
Mrs. Mary Julia Hiss
Mary Julia Hiss has been a media center paraprofessional for over 17 years in Cobb County. She has worked at Rocky Mount Elementary, and McCleskey, Dickerson, and Mabry Middle Schools. 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 has taught middle and high school social studies (including one school where English was spoken as a second language).
Mrs. Hiss has lived in Miami and New Orleans and has been in Cobb County for the past 30 years. She and her husband, Ward, have two daughters. Susanna, a University of Georgia graduate, is a teacher who is married to Stephen Pippel, a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, who is a pilot in the USAF. They are the parents of twin daughters, Abigail and Caroline, who are almost four years old. Mrs. Hiss’s younger daughter Allison is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Alabama. (ROLL TIDE again!) Susanna, Allison and Stephen are all Lassiter graduates and all three performed in the Lassiter Trojan Marching Band. Stephen is a former Mabry student.
Mrs. Hiss likes to read and decorate her house and spend time at the lake on their boat. She spends many weekends following her husband’s “oldies” group, The Sock Hops. Mrs. Hiss has met or encountered a lot of famous people. The most exciting and memorable to her was meeting Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.
Mrs. Howell grew up in Cobb County and is a graduate of Pope High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Interrelated Special Education from the University of Georgia. She went on to get her Master’s degree in Special Education from Kennesaw State University. Mrs. Howell spent 6 years teaching 8th grade math at Daniell Middle School, and is excited about her first year teaching 7th grade math at Mabry.
Mrs. Howell’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her wonderful husband and her beautiful 8 month old son, Parker.
Mrs. Eve Israel teaches 8th grade French and reading at Mabry. She has taught for 13 years in Cobb County and 9 years at Mabry. Mrs. Israel has a degree in Sociology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After staying home with her daughter, Jessica, until she entered grade school, Mrs. Israel attended Kennesaw State University, where she received a degree in Foreign Language Education. In May of 2007, Mrs. Israel completed her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, also at Kennesaw State University.
In the classroom, Mrs. Israel likes to make learning interesting, fun and challenging. A gifted-certified teacher, Mrs. Israel shares the subjects she teaches in creative and engaging ways. She believes in guiding students to discover their own answers to the questions they ask. Teaching languages (including English) is much more to Mrs. Israel than instructing students to converse, read and write well. Studying other cultures offers students the opportunity to understand many diverse societies. Mrs. Israel's goal is to foster in her students a deeper understanding of and appreciation for other people.
Outside of school, Mrs. Israel's passions are her family and friends, reading, animals, cooking, sports, and surfing (the Net!). She can often be found reading a book while curled up with one or more of her three pets. When she's not reading or at the computer, she may be in the kitchen or on the tennis court.
Over the past few years, Mrs. Israel has caught the travel bug. She has led groups of students to Quebec, Italy, Switzerland, Monaco, and France! These trips have been the highlight of her life as she shares with others the cultures of the countries she loves, studies, and teaches.
Mrs. Israel's inspiration is her mother, herself an educator for nearly 40 years. Her mother's zest for life, her cooking prowess, her love of learning, and her enthusiasm in the classroom are models that Mrs. Israel aspires to create in her own life.
Little known about Mrs. Israel is that she is a relative of the late Larry Fine of the Three Stooges!
Mrs. Cindy Jackson is our 8th grade counselor. She also serves as the counselor for half of our 7th grade students. Mrs. Jackson has worked at Mabry for 14 years and is always extremely helpful. If you need to "bend her ear," she is eager to help you. Living in our community, with two children who attended Mabry and Lassiter, she will certainly understand your concerns. One child currently attends UGA and the other is a recent graduate.
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 and attended the University of West Georgia for her School Counselor certification.
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 can be a whole lot of fun.
Mrs. Johnson is our Speech-Language Pathologist. She was born and raised in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, where she attended Clovis High School and The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Mrs. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and later, the Master of Communication Sciences. She also maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competency through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) by participating in professional development classes and attending annual conferences.
Mrs. Johnson also serves as a Co-Leader for her Peer Review Speech Team.
Mrs. Johnson has been at Mabry for 11 years and in Cobb County Schools for 14. Having worked with students from kindergarten through high school, she has a wide variety of speech-language experience. She especially enjoys working with middle school students. One of the things Mrs. Johnson really likes about working with her students at Mabry is that they stay with her all three years. She says, "It's exciting to watch them come to Mabry as nervous 6th graders and develop into confident 8th graders ready to take on high school!"
In her free time,
Mrs. Johnson enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and reading. Her office is in the Media Center. Please stop by if you have questions, concerns, need information, or just want to say “hi.”
Renee Kaplan, a National Board Certified teacher, the highest teaching credential in the nation, has thirty two years of teaching experience, and is an eighth grade Advanced Content Language Arts teacher and the Reading Coordinator. Mrs. Kaplan is a member of the Regional Education Corps of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and is recognized nationally for designing, implementing, and evaluating community, state, and national programs on the Holocaust. She has studied as a teacher fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC and in the international countries of: Germany, Israel, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary.
She has presented educational sessions at: teacher forums at the University of Miami and Arizona State University, numerous state and national conferences such as the National Middle School Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, and national educational programs at museums, school districts, community institutions, and university classes. Proud recognitions were when she received the 2004 Spirit of Anne Frank Educator Award from the Anne Frank Center in New York and the 2005 Georgia Distinguished Educators’ Award presented by Governor Sonny Perdue.
Mrs. Kaplan has published a chapter titled “Sharing Journal Reflections of Inspiration and Remembrance in Holocaust Studies” in the educational text Teachers’ Writing Groups. Mabry students’ journal responses are included in this publication.
Besides traveling frequently around the world, Mrs. Kaplan calls herself an avid reader. She says that she always must be reading and often reads multiple books, not just one at a time. She prefers historical fiction and non-fiction.
Mrs. Kaplan has been married for thirty-six years, and she has one married son, one grandson, and one engaged daughter. Employed In other school districts, her daughter is a fifth grade teacher, and her daughter –in- law is a speech pathologist. Mrs. Kaplan loves to cook and entertain at home for family and friends.
Mrs. Donna Klucsarits is beginning her twelfth year at Mabry, and is teaching sixth grade math. She has had a variety of educational experiences and constantly strives for academic excellence.
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, and received a Specialist Degree in Administration from the University of West Georgia in December 2005. Mrs. Klucsarits became a certified math general education teacher in 2007
Mrs. Klucsarits married in 2002, and she and her husband have a beautiful six year-old daughter and two-year old son. Besides work, school, and family, Donna enjoys caring for her cat, Callie. She also enjoys reading, baking, tennis, and following her beloved Florida State Seminoles.
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.
She believes that all children can and will learn. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education in addition to her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Science. She sponsors the LEGO Robotics club at Mabry.
We are delighted she is a member of the Mabry family.
Ms. Ingle Larkin teaches 7th grade Life Science at Mabry. Ms. Larkin came to us from 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 12 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 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 Pug, 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!
Kimberly Snyder is a native of Marietta, Georgia and a alumnus of Lassiter High School. A flute player, she received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Kennesaw State University. She is currently working towards a Masters of Music Education degree at Kennesaw State University. While in college she performed with the Wind Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, and various chamber ensembles. She has also performed with the Atlanta Wind Symphony, Cobb Wind Symphony, the Georgia All-College Band, and the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Band. Additionally, she has performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Wind Ensemble. Mrs. Snyder has had the fortunate opportunity to perform/conduct at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic on three separate occasions, 1996 with the Lassiter Symphonic Band, 2003 with the Cobb Wind Symphony and 2007 conducting the Mabry Middle School Band. While working with the flute section and drum majors, Mrs. Snyder has been an instructor with the Lassiter H.S. Marching Band since 1999.
Mrs. Snyder is very excited be at Mabry Middle School for her fifth year. Before coming to Mabry Middle School, she spent three years as Associate Director of Bands at Floyd Middle School in Cobb County. In addition to assisting with the school's concert bands at all grade levels, she was the yearbook advisor for the school.
Mrs. Libby Lippincott teaches 6th grade math. This is her 19th year of teaching: 7 Years at Crescent High School in South Carolina and this her 12th year at Mabry. She coached volleyball and JV basketball while at Crescent High School and was even the Teacher of the Year there!
Mrs. Lippincott was awarded the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, which means a lot to her because it is awarded based on student nomination. Her family really believes in education. Her mother is a retired teacher. Her two older sisters are teachers in South Carolina (one is an elementary school teacher and the other teaches preschool). Her brother is a high school teacher, teaching drivers education and PE. He also coaches two sports: football and baseball.
Mrs. Lippincott spends most of her free time with her 3 wonderful children and her husband! The boys are very involved with baseball, and her daughter enjoys softball. Mrs. Lippincott's hobbies include playing tennis, and she loves to watch just about any sport (except golf, and soccer). She enjoys swimming and going to the beach. Her new favortite TV show is Swamp People ---"Choot 'em!"
She states, "I love teaching math and enjoy showing students that everyone can learn math."
Ms. Tracy McCall is one of our Physical Education teachers and the yearbook sponsor at Mabry. She came to Mabry seven years ago after teaching in the state of Florida for 14 years. As a matter of fact, all of her teaching experience has been at the middle school level and she has just completed her 23rd year!
Coach McCall is a third generation teacher. Her grandfather taught history and was a basketball coach. Her mother was also a PE coach. Before coming to Mabry, Ms. McCall was the Teacher of the Year at 2 different schools in Florida: Gifford Middle in Indian River County, and Westwood Middle in Alachua County.
Most people don't know that notaries in the state of Florida can perform marriage ceremonies. Ms. McCall, once a notary in that state, performed 5 weddings to couples who remain married to this day. Of the five weddings, she performed one on a sandbar, and another on a barge, both at sunset!
Ms. Mickalonis earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (GO TARHEELS!). While in college, Ms. Skinner completed internships at the Center for Food and Nutrition Policy at Georgetown University and WSB-TV in Atlanta. After graduating from Carolina, she worked in public relations for several years before answering the call to teach. She received her Master of Arts in Middle Grades Science and Social Studies from Emory University.
Ms. Mickalonis is a 2009 graduate of Professional Association of Georgia Educators Teacher Academy. The academy is a two-year program designed for new teachers who show great promise. Only 30 teachers from across the state are chosen to participate in the academy each year. Participants attend classes with nationally-recognized speakers in technology, classroom management, data analysis, Georgia Performance Standards, and teacher leadership.
A proud native of Cobb County, Ms. Mickalonis enjoys reading, being outdoors, watching movies, playing trivia, and all things Carolina blue.
Ms. Amanda Mitchell has been teaching 6th grade Math for 10 years, all of them at Mabry. She loves to see students’ faces light up when they finally get it, and she likes to try and find ways to make math easier to understand, and to help relieve math anxieties for sixth graders. No one should be scared of math! Ms. Mitchell is a southern girl from Albany, Georgia, where she lived her entire life until going to college at Valdosta State University. She moved up to the big city about 10 years ago and recently got her Master’s degree in Adolescent Math Education at Kennesaw State University. Her "most favorite thing to do" is lie on the beach and read a good book!
I love my job! I love math! If you don't now, hopefully when you enter my room we can change that!" Ms. Moncrieff has a theory that anyone can learn math when it is explained in a manner that they understand. All of a sudden math actually becomes fun!
Ms. Moncrieff has taught for 18 years in the Cobb County system, all grades from 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th and all subjects from language arts, reading, social studies to math. She loves the feeling of seeing the "light go off" in a student's head when he or she finally understands something with which they have struggled.
This year, she is teaching Math MAGIC (Mathematical Achievement Gained in Connections). It is a wonderful opportunity to work with students that find math a challenge. Since math did not come easily to her as a child, she embraces the child that needs that extra explanation for a concept to "click."
Ms. Moncrieff has also tutored extensively from home for eight years in all levels of math through high school. She believes that this experience has had an incredible impact on her teaching. She was fortunate to be awarded the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for 2005, a tremendous award, since it is a result of student nominations. (And yes, she now even has her very own blue vest.)
Ms. Moncrieff was Teacher of the Year 2010-2011 and was very honored to be recognized by her colleagues. It really meant a lot.
Ms. Moncrieff is quick to say that "Life is fun, life is good! Anyone a Gamecock fan?" She went to the University of South Carolina for her undergraduate degree and attended Georgia State for her Masters in Education. She is also gifted certified. This will be her 11th year at Mabry, and she is looking forward to a great year!
Mrs. Kim Morton
Mrs. Kim Morton is a special education teacher. She was born in Marietta, Georgia and has always lived in the South. Mrs. Morton has a B.S. in Secondary Social Science from Kennesaw University and is also certified in Middle Grade Reading and Interrelated Special Education. This will be her 13th year in education. She taught for three years in Paulding County, eight years at Mabry, and spent one year teaching fifth graders at Chalker Elementary.
Mrs. Morton has been married to her husband, Tom for ten years. She has three children. Briana, 26, attends the Cherokee Training Center in Canton. Garrett, 23, is a private in the U.S. Army and is a member of the 82nd Airborne Infantry Unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Lilly, 3, attends a local preschool and enjoys singing songs from the Sound of Music. She has a 14 year old Boston Terrier named Hershey and a fluffy cat named Duchess. Mrs. Morton enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.
Ms. Moncada teaches 7th grade language arts at Mabry and this is her first year teaching. She received her Bachelors as well as Masters Degree from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Go Vols!
Ms. Moncada grew up in Cobb County and attended Mabry. It is very exciting for her to be teaching in the school that she grew up in. She graduated from Lassiter High School in 2005 then went to college in the fall. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors whether it is camping, hiking with her dog Wilson (a two year old Golden Retriever), or jogging.
Teaching has been what Ms. Moncada has always wanted to do and now she is living her dream. She loves to work with children every day and bring new ideas into the classroom. She is looking forward to a wonderful year at Mabry.
Ms. Diane Osterfeld is the Bookkeeper. She can assist you with questions about payments to the school for such things as yearbooks, lost and damaged textbooks, etc.
Prior to joining Mabry, she worked 18 years for a software company in various positions supporting, designing, and testing financial and investment accounting systems. She graduated from Jacksonville University with a degree in Economics.
She enjoys gardening, reading, and walking her shelter-adopted dog, Molly.
You can reach Ms. Osterfeld at 770-928-5546, extension 227.
Mrs. Parades was born and raised in New York. She comes from a large and loving family with 3 sisters and a brother. She received her bachelors degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and she has been a beach girl ever since! A life long learner, she also holds a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. Prior to Mabry, she spent 6 years at Daniell Middle School teaching 7th grade language arts. This year she will teach seventh grade language arts. Before moving to Georgia, she taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at Hillel School, a private school in upstate New York for a total of 11 years in education teaching language arts.
Married to a wonderful man, Michael, for 13 years they have two really cool kids: Michael, age 13 and Aviana, age 9. Both of their children attend Cobb County Schools, even though they currently live in Cherokee because she values the system and sense of community that Cobb offers.
Mrs. Parades loves teaching and she understands that real learning takes place when students are engaged and challenged.
Ms. Pennisi is Mabry’s 8th grade Spanish teacher. Ms. Pennisi begins her fifth year at Mabry and previously taught at Barber Middle School. Originally from Pennsylvania, she studied at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr and received a degree in fashion design. Later she studied ESOL at Temple University in Philadelphia and found her true passion - Spanish language and culture. Subsequently, she graduated from West Chester University in Pennsylvania with a BA degree in Spanish and earned a Master's in Education from the University of Phoenix.
Ms. Pennisi and her family moved here and immediately fell in love with Georgia’s southern hospitality. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to teach your children to become globally confident and to show her excitement toward the Spanish language and various cultures where Spanish is spoken.
Her husband and 11 year old daughter Elisa were both born in Italy, which leads them to speak English, Spanish and Italian at home, ensuring that Elisa will be trilingual. Ms. Pennisi lived in Carolina, Puerto Rico before moving to Terracina, Italy. Her experiences in both Italy and Puerto Rico changed her life, and developed her love for foreign languages and cultures. Every aspect of her life has been influenced by living abroad and believes that everyone should open his or her mind and learn a language and meet someone new!
Dr. Wendy Pettett, a native of Cobb County, with deep roots in the North Georgia Mountains, is our assistant administrator. Ask her about her childhood on Blue Ridge Lake and she will wax nostalgic. Mrs. Pettett has a BBA in marketing from Georgia Southern University and sold computers for Burroughs Corporation before the advent of the personal computer.
After the birth of her two sons, she remained a stay-at-home mom while teaching aerobics, substitute teaching, and teaching preschool. She returned to school, attended Breanu University, and became certified in language arts and social studies. Dr. Pettett also received her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University, Educational Specialist degree and Doctoral degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been an educator in Cobb County for 21 years, with nine of these years spent as an instructional technology specialist and seven as an administrator.
She has been married for 34 years to her college sweetheart, David, and her children are products of the Cobb County School System and attended Harrison and Kennesaw Mountain High School. Christopher is 29 and works in technology, while Brett is just beginning his orthopedic residency at the University of North Carolina and is expecting his first child in July.
She loves curriculum and sees marketing and teaching as closely related - with teaching selling the excitement of learning.
Dr. Pettett enjoys riding her bike on the Silver Comet Trail, walking her dogs, camping and gardening.
Mrs. Jo-Anne Preston spent 27 years with BellSouth and retired as a Staff Manager from the Network Department in June, 1996. She has been involved with technology with the Cobb County District for the past 14 years and has been at Mabry since 2001. She manages all of our technology at Mabry, which is no small task. Not only does she keep up with what is where and when, she also keeps all of our desktops and laptops happy. She works miracles.
She has been married to Jerry for 28 years and has two sons, Christopher who graduated from the Atlanta Art Institute with a culinary degree and is presently studying for an Environmental Science degree at KSU and Tim graduated from Ga Tech with a Civil Engineering degree and is presently in the Marines at TBS, Quantico, Virginia
When she is not at school, Mrs. Preston enjoys gardening and vacationing at the beach. She hopes to really retire to the beach someday!
Mrs. Jo-Anne Preston spent 28 years with BellSouth and retired as a Staff Manager from the Network Department in June, 1996. She has been involved with technology with the Cobb County District for the past 11 years and has been at Mabry since 2001. She manages all of our technology at Mabry, which is no small task. Not only does she keep up with what is where and when, she also keeps all of our desktops and laptops happy. She works miracles.
Mrs. Mary Rosengren is the Mabry Middle School Secretary. She has been working for Cobb County schools for 29 years and began as a substitute teacher in the 80’s. She has been a special ed parapro at Kincaid Elementary, worked at the “The Children’s Center” in Marietta, which was later named The Hawthorne Center in Smyrna and is now called Haven Academy. After working there for several years, Mrs. Rosengren transferred to Central Alternative. In 1996, she became the secretary for Mabry Middle School and has called Mabry home for 14 years.
Mrs. Rosengren and her husband of almost 44 years, Erik, employed with IBM for 39 years have three children, twin boys who were born in Germany and a daughter who was born in New Jersey. The Rosengrens moved to Marietta from New Jersey 31 years ago. She says that she will never return and states, "In fact, I am still trying to lose the Jersey accent!"
Mrs. Rosengren has three grandchildren and one great grandchild. The eldest child is Erik (yes, another Erik in the family) is 24 years old and in the National Guard for training; he has a daughter, Ansley, Mrs. Rosengren's great granddaughter, who is 5. Her next grandchild is Isabella (named after her great great grandmother), she is 13, and she resides in North Carolina with her mother. Last, but not least, is Tyler. He is Mrs. Rosengren's daughter’s son. He is 9 years old he really enjoys riding the “big boy’s bus” to school.
What a fun time it is at the Rosengren house during the Christmas holidays. Mrs. Rosengren loves spending time with her family, watching the Braves and Falcons with Tyler, who calls her “His GaGa”, and shopping with her daughter and grandson. Mrs. Rosengren also enjoy reading, gardening, and working on the computer. Mrs. Rosengren's father-in-law, Erik, who she refers to as her dad, is still living. As a result, they have 5 generations of Rosengrens. They take good care of their dad.
Mrs. Rosengren states, "I take great pride in Mabry, telling anyone who is willing to listen just how great our school is, not just our test results but also our technology. Our staff is the best, willing to help out anyone at anytime. Our students are the best, for their eagerness to learn, and of course, our parents who pitch in at a moment’s notice to make Mabry the Super School it is."
Mrs. Jane Rosser teaches 7th grade Social Studies and while this is her fifteenth year of teaching Social Studies, this is her fifth year at Mabry Middle School. Mrs. Rosser originally taught at Crabapple Middle School in Fulton County before transferring to J.J. Daniell Middle School in Cobb County. She feels very happy and very much at home at Mabry.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Mrs. Rosser moved to Georgia 25 years ago after attending Presbyterian College in South Carolina. Teaching is actually a second career for Mrs. Rosser, who worked in property management for Post Properties, Atlanta. Deciding corporate life was not for her, she went back to Kennesaw State and Mercer Universities to add on a teaching degree and certification.
When not teaching, Mrs. Rosser dedicates her life to her husband, Michael and their three children: William (10th grade at Kennesaw Mountain HS in the Math/Science Magnet program), Brooks (6th grade at Mabry) and Elizabeth (4th grade at Rocky Mount Elem.). Their busy home also includes Raisin, their cat, Biscuit, their Golden Retriever and Trixie their very big Black Labrador.
The Rossers enjoy traveling to the Caribbean to SCUBA and to Aspen, Colorado every Christmas to ski. They have traveled to Alaska, Hawaii and prior to children, extensively through Europe and Japan. Mrs. Rosser enjoys walking her children to school every day and running in the community. Running marathons is her passion, especially the annual Disney Marathon through the Magic Kingdom and the other parks.
Mrs. Gina Schluneker
Gina Schluneker has taught middle school students for fifteen years. This is her seventh year teaching in Georgia, and her fourth year to teach 6th grade students in language arts and reading at Mabry. She had the wonderful opportunity to grow up in Palm Beach County, Florida, where she graduated from Florida Atlantic University. After several years of teaching in South Florida she pursued her National Board Certification in the area of Special Education.
Prior to pursuing a career in education, Mrs. Schluneker’s business administration background opened up an opportunity for her and her husband to be self-employed in the glass and glazing industry for over twenty years. Even as a Vice-President of her business, she volunteered at her children’s elementary school and soon realized her heart was drawn to pursue a career in education in order to work with children and helping them be prepared and successful in life.
Mrs. Schluneker is a mother of three children and wife of thirty-one years to her husband, Greg. Both her daughters reside in Woodstock, Georgia and her son lives in Denver, Colorado, an avid mountain bike rider. She loves to travel and explore new environments. The Schluneker’s house is full of love and excitement having 5 Chihuahuas, one cat, and a grandbaby, Alexa, who is now two.
Mrs. Schluneker has been recognized for her outstanding achievements working with middle school students when she was nominated for: Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and the William Dwyer Award (Teacher of the Year in Palm Beach County). She says it’s very rewarding to help develop a strong sense of self confidence in young children and watch their excitement when they recognize they are maturing into successful thinkers and achievers.
Mrs. Karen Shaw is one of our 6th grade language arts teachers. She is also one of our 6th grade advanced content teachers. Ms. Shaw has been teaching for 24 years, all of them at Mabry. She has received three degrees: a Bachelors Degree, a Ministerial Degree, and a Masters Degree. Ms. Shaw has been named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2002 and 2005.
Ms. Shaw feels it is important to reach out and help others less fortunate. She has been the Charger Club Sponsor (a community service club) for 15 years. Our activities include collecting food, toy, school supplies, and clothes for the needy and pet food for endangered dogs and cats. Ms. Shaw is active in the community and has received several community service awards for work performed.
Ms. Shaw is a Georgia Tech fan and loves the rivalry with her "Georgia" colleagues.
Mrs. Stephens teaches 8th grade AC Social Studies and is currently the Advanced Learning Program Lead Teacher at Mabry. She has been in the field of education for 27 years, and her background is filled with a variety of teaching experiences and educational training. She has completed her Specialist's Degree in Middle Grades and Gifted Education and has taught middle school language arts, life science, and social studies. Mrs. Stephens has taught gifted endorsement classes and is currently an Assistant Professor for the Gifted Education online courses at UGA. She was recently awarded a grant in the Expanding Frontiers Teaching American History Grant Program and traveled to New York, Boston, and Philadelphia with historians in order to develop lesson plans to use in her classroom.
Mrs. Stephens is passionate about history and strives to make history come alive for all students. One of the highlights of her teaching career was when she received training in gifted education - she states that it truly changed the way she teaches all of her students. This background has enabled her to differentiate instruction and challenge all students to their highest potential.
On the personal side,
Mrs. Stephens is unique in that she is a Mabry and still lives on the 40-acre farm on Wesley Chapel Road that has been in her family for over 100 years. In 2004, the governor awarded the Mabry family a Centennial Farm Award from the State of Georgia. Although Mrs. Stephens still loves to travel, she is very happy to have built her dream house on her great-grandfather's land, where she enjoys gardening and creating flower landscapes. Mrs. Stephens has a 29 year old son, Josh, and a 25 year old daughter, Jenna.
Mrs. Jennifer Stepp
Mrs. Stepp is beginning her third year at Mabry and will teach chorus and music.
Mrs. Amy Suggs is an 8th grade Social Studies teacher. She has taught for 21 years and all of them were at Mabry Middle School! She attended public school in Cobb County Schools, in fact, she attended Mabry and Lassiter!
Mrs. Suggs is an avid Georgia Bulldog fan with her Masters degrees in both Math and Social Studies. She is married with 2 children (One is a dedicated swimmer and baseball player, and the other is an avid softball player.)
Mrs. Suggs hobbies include reading, tennis, and scrapbooking. Her professional passions: "to see the "lightbulb" come on above children's heads as they piece together all of the pieces of history. I also love to see children be successful - it kills me when children don't try their best, and therefore don't make the best grade possible. At the same time, I don't like to give away grades. I feel students should earn every grade - effort goes a really long way with me!!!"
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 19th year of teaching, and this year is her eighth year at Mabry. Mrs. Treadwell was the Teacher of the Year for 2007-2008 and 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 12 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.
Mrs. Robin Wann
Mrs. Wann is one of our 7th grade special education teachers. She works closely with the regular education teachers to provide a quality education for our students.
Mr. Ron Watterson
This will be Mr. Watterson’s fourth year teaching at Mabry Middle school and twenty-third since graduating from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green Ohio. He taught 7 years at Bowling Green Junior High school before moving to Bowling Green High school. He spent 10 years as a high school football and basketball coach before leaving education to accept a postion with the Dr.Scholl footcare company where he eventually became a national key account sales manager. He also served in a sales capacity in the packaging profession in the Atlanta area. In 1999 he accepted a position as an eigth grade teacher with Campbell Middle school. At Campbell he served as science department head and was honored as the 2002 teacher of the year. Previously Mr. Watterson served as an 8th grade science teacher and department head at JJ Daniell middle school for the past 5 years.
Mr. Watterson’s wife Donna manages a high rise condominium complex in Buckhead. He has three children. His son Alex graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and is Director of US operations for Pivod Technologies , an Australian based company. Son Nick is completing his senior year at Oglethorpe majoring in business administration. Son Ryan is starting his third year at Anderson University in Anderson , South Carolina where he is studying to become a physical therapist. “ I’m really proud of my boys. All three of them have done well academically and all three of them have had the good fortune to be good athletes and play college basketball. I have no doubt that they are going to be successful in life as well.
“ I am really excited and honored to be part of the Mabry family and look forward to teaching these outstanding students”.
Mrs. West grew up in Cobb County and graduated from the University of Alabama with a B. S. in Elementary/Early Childhood and Middle Grades Education. She began her teaching career in Cobb County as a 5th grade classroom teacher. After taking time off to raise her children she earned certifications in Middle Grades Reading, Language Arts and Social Studies, as well as Special Education K-12.
Mrs. West is happy that after deciding to return to the world of teaching she has landed in such a wonderful school as Mabry Middle School! Speaking of her own children, Mrs. West has 2—Addie and Cuyler who are proud owners of 2 fish, 2 frogs and soon 2 guinea pigs. The West family also has a dog, “Bella,” who lives with her grandparents because Mr. West is allergic to her!
In Mrs. West’s free time, she enjoys family, running, working out, reading and shopping!
Mrs. Therese Westphal is one of our hard-working and dedicated paraprofessionals.
Born in Ohio, she grew up on a farm and was very active in 4-H. She attended Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!!!) where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Home Economics Education. She taught Home Economics for nine years.
After moving to Georgia she went to Kennesaw State University and added on Middle Grades certification. She taught computer science at St. Joseph in Marietta. She loves learning and considers herself a life long learner.
At home she enjoys working in her flower beds and gourmet cooking, especially making desserts. She enjoys going on nature walks and bird watching as a means of exercising and relaxing.
Tammy White is our sixth and seventh grade (A-J) counselor. This is her fifth year at Mabry and her ninth year as a school counselor. Besides working in the school system, Tammy has been working in private practice with children, tweens, and teens for over 13 years. She also teaches within the Counseling Department at Mercer University.
Tammy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS). In 2009, she was awarded “Student Counselor of the Year” from the Licensed Professional Counselors Association (LPCA) of Georgia. Tammy earned her doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University in 2010.
Dr. Cathy Worthington is one of our 7th social studies teachers. She has a rich career as an educator, having taught for over 37 years! She brings a wealth or perspective and expertise to Mabry. A life long learner, Dr. Worthington has earned a Doctorate in Education.
In her free time, you will often catch Dr. 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!”