Victory In Our Schools
Five Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced
The District recognized the 2015-2016 Teachers of the Year at its Board of Education meeting on Thursday, September 17, and announced five finalists for the 2016 Bibb County Teacher of the Year.
This year’s finalists are, in random order:
- Jennifer McMahan – Alexander II Magnet School. Mrs. McMahan began her teaching career in 1978 in Kentucky. She joined the Bibb County School District in 2006 as a gifted teacher at Heritage Elementary School. She has taught first through fifth grades in the gifted program at Alexander II Magnet School since 2010. Mrs. McMahan has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Taylor University and an Associate in Arts Degree.
“I fervently believe that success breeds success,” Mrs. McMahan wrote. “When teachers provide the support needed to accomplish difficult tasks, students are successful; the more successful a student is the more likely they will be to tackle more challenging assignments in the future…I have yet to meet a child who did not want to be successful. My commitment is to realize that hope for all of my students.”
- Elda Bryan – Burdell-Hunt Magnet School. Mrs. Bryan joined the Bibb County School District in 2007. She teaches Spanish to all grade levels at Burdell-Hunt She began her teaching career in 1991 as an English teacher in Bluefields, Nicaragua. Mrs. Bryan earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish and went on to earn her master’s degree in Finance from Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University.
“My objective as a teacher is to motivate my students toward a level of independence where they develop a desire to learn and think for themselves,” Mrs. Bryan wrote. “I was a born learner, and along the way, I learned how to teach. To me, a large part of teaching is figuring out how people learn. I am passionate about education because I am a constant learner myself.”
- Meagin Miller – Springdale Elementary School. Ms. Miller joined the Bibb County School District in 2002 as a first grade teacher at Springdale Elementary School teacher. She now teaches second grade at Springdale Elementary School. Ms. Miller has an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia. She also has a master’s degree and a specialist degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia College and State University. She is also a proud graduate of Central High School in Macon.
“A teacher is someone who should help students discover the necessary tools they need in order to be successful in life. My job is not to pour information into the heads of children but to guide them on their individual journey of learning,” Ms. Miller wrote. “I do not think this makes me a great teacher; but it makes students outstanding adults in the end.”
- Morgan Jarvis – Howard High School. Mr. Jarvis has taught in the Bibb County School District at Howard High School since 2011. He teaches Business and Computer Science for all high school levels. He graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
“We must remember: We do this for the kids,” Mr. Jarvis wrote. “Teaching is not about me, it is not about you, it is not about us. Teaching is about the students who will be in our classrooms on the first day of school in August. Teaching is about the young student who wants to be the first in his or her family to go to college.”
- Keturah Reese – Westside High School. Dr. Reese has been with the Bibb County School District since 2004. She began her teaching career at Batesville Jr. High School and now teaches AP, Gifted and Honors Biology at Westside High School. Dr. Reese received her undergraduate degree in Biology Education from Alcorn University, her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction Secondary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, her specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University and her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University.
“We should teach not only because we have the credentials, but because we have the desire,” Dr. Reese wrote. “We are the light for some of our students in dark places. We are the water for the students that thirst for knowledge. Finally, we should be the bread for those students that are hungry for success.”
The 2016 Bibb County Teacher of the Year will be named at the Bibb County Teacher of the Year Banquet at Mercer University’s University Center on Tuesday, October 27, at 6 p.m.
The complete list of Teachers of the Year for 2015-2016 is as follows:
- Jennifer McMahan, Alexander II Magnet School
- Deneen Cates, Barden Elementary School
- Tracy McWilliams, Bernd Elementary School
- Candice Lewis, Brookdale Elementary School
- Dominique Whipple, Bruce Elementary School
- Elda Bryan, Burdell-Hunt Magnet School
- Melissa Clanton, Burghard Elementary School
- Kiley Bales, Carter Elementary School
- Latricia Riggins, Hartley Elementary School
- Elaine Deckbar, Heard Elementary School
- Cathy Ely, Heritage Elementary School
- Kelli Yeomans, Ingram-Pye Elementary School
- Valeria Jackson, Jones Elementary School
- Brittney Brown, King-Danforth Elementary School
- Nicole Harrell, Lane Elementary School
- Dr. Shavone Laney, Morgan Elementary School
- Christy Simmons, Porter Elementary School
- Felicia Felton, Rice Elementary School
- Iris Fawling, Riley Elementary School
- Jesse Harrelson, Skyview Elementary School
- Meagin Miller, Springdale Elementary School
- Mikiko Wilson, Taylor Elementary School
- Dr. Carla Glanton, Union Elementary School
- Gwendolyn Pitts Williams, Vineville Academy of the Arts
- Keturah Drake, Williams Elementary School
- Estella Willis, Appling Middle School
- Latasha Simms, Ballard-Hudson Middle School
- Rosa Fossett-Gilbert, Bloomfield Middle School
- Anita McWhorter, Howard Middle School
- Cheryl Ross-Jackson, Miller Magnet Middle School
- Heidi Graziano, Rutland Middle School
- Hosea Laney, Weaver Middle School
- Daniel Brown, Central High School
- Morgan Jarvis, Howard High School
- Jennifer Raymond, Hutchings College and Career Academy
- Kizzie Lott, Northeast High School
- Donna Wright, Rutland High School
- Ulysses (Taylor) Lankford, Southwest High School
- Dr. Keturah Reese, Westside High School
- Hannah Kiser, Elam Alexander Academy
- Emily Brumley, Northwoods Academy
- Milton Royce Ivery, Jr., Academy of Excellence
- Media Specialist of the Year: Adrienne Denson, Union Elementary School
District Celebrates Groundbreaking for Veterans Elementary School
District Board members, leaders and International City Builders marked the occasion with a groundbreaking Thursday, September 24.
The school will house 49 classrooms, a media center, cafeteria, gym and will be equipped with the latest technology for instructional purposes.
Veterans Elementary School will serve students from both Morgan and Barden Elementary Schools and is slated for completion in August 2016.
Board of Education President Dr. Thelma Dillard
Morgan Elementary Principal Dr. Terese Martin with student Iscia Daranabu
District Chief of Staff Keith Simmons
Bibb Leaders Dedicate Southfield Elementary School
Board members, community members, staff and students gather for building dedication
Southfield Principal Janice Sharpe with Board President Dr. Thelma Dillard
Reception to celebrate the dedication of Southfield Elementary School
Board President Dr. Thelma Dillard with Southfield students
Community partners from Pilot Club attend the celebration
School Board members and Macon-Bibb Commissioner Virgil Watkins help dedicate Southfield Elementary School
FFA Chapters Attend 5th Annual Central Region Leadership Rally
Students from Rutland and Northeast High Schools attended the 5th Annual Central Region Leadership Rally held at Camp John Hope FFA/ FCCLA Center in Fort Valley on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.
Rutland High School's FFA chapter won first place for Area 3 High Schools. Paul Ludlam from the Rutland FFA chapter was named the first place Horticulture ID individual, and Colby Garrett from the Rutland FFA chapter was named the second place Forestry ID individual. Also, Rutland FFA won the Low-Ropes Obstacle Course race. Members of the Rutland team included: Hugo Gaddy, Ethan Rutland, Ansley Jennings, Makayla Mathews and Keaton Wood.
The purpose of the day leadership rally was to spark the interest in our FFA members and motivate them to get involved during the upcoming school year in Career Development Events, local Community Service projects, leadership conferences and conventions.
While attending the Central Region Leadership Rally members heard from speakers from Fort Valley State University and the State FFA Adviser, John “Chip” Bridges.
Students rotated through various leadership activities led by the Area 3 and Area 4 officers as well as the central region staff. Through these activities, students learned communication, team building and leadership skills that will be used in FFA chapters.
“Students we hope that you take the national FFA theme and amplify your school year in the FFA,” says Central Region Director, Chris Corzine.
During the Central Region Leadership Rally students also were able to compete in a variety of events that will help them know what they would like to compete in during the upcoming school year. These Career Clustered Events included: Horticulture Plant Identification, Animal Science Identification, Forestry Identification, Ag Mechanics Identification, an Opening Ceremonies Contest (formal meeting procedures) and an Adviser's Challenge.
Rutland High Central Region Leadership Rally attendees, from left to right: Jared Reid, Kristen Nienstedt, Keaton Wood, Demi Whaley, Hugo Gaddy, Makayla Mathews, Aubrey Merritt, Adviser Sandy Brassell, Hunter Rogers, Abigail Johnson, Colby Garrett, Nathan Gober, Ansley Jennings, Paul Ludlam, Wolf Uhl, and front center, Halee Wadsworth. Not pictured: Ethan Rutland.
District Celebrates National GEAR UP Week
The Bibb County School District GEAR UP Program, Create Your Future, hosted a kickoff
celebration for National GEAR UP Week 2015 on Monday, September 21, at Rutland High
National GEAR UP Week commemorates the continuing success of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a college access program providing students and families with the resources they need for college success. Since its inception in 1999, GEAR UP has improved educational outcomes for millions of students across the United States.
GEAR UP: Create Your Future will commemorate National GEAR UP Week 2015 by sponsoring numerous events at high schools throughout the week that celebrate the success of students, parents, staff, volunteers, partners and the community. At the kickoff Monday, Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. inspired students to achieve victory in education and in life.
To date, GEAR UP: Create Your Future has served 3,800 students in the Bibb County School District. GEAR UP students benefit from receiving support services such as tutoring, mentoring, summer camps and college tours designed to increase the number of students graduating from high school ready for college and career. GEAR UP: Create Your Future is a partnership of the Bibb County School District, SunTrust
Bank, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Georgia, Communities In Schools, Legacy Builders Foundation, Fort Valley State University, the Mentors Project of Bibb County, Mercer University, Wesleyan College and the Museum of Aviation Foundation. National GEAR UP Week is a time to celebrate these accomplishments in our community.
District Celebrates Opening of Student-Run Print Shop
The Bibb County School District along with Ricoh America celebrated the opening of William S. Hutchings Image Printing, WiSH, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, September 23.
The District’s partnership with Ricoh America allows for students in the Graphics Skills Pathway to gain valuable, real‐world experience while providing services to the District’s departments and schools. The District established a contractual agreement with Ricoh America in May 2015 with Board of Education approval.
Miller Magnet Middle Hosts Million Father March
Miller Magnet Middle School students, faculty and staff called on men to commit to the schools as role models.
"Statistics show that students behave better, they participate more in class, and they actually have better grades when men are participating in their academic achievement," Family Engagement Facilitator Jacquetta Dawkins said.
Around 75 men attended the march and took a pledge to be actively involved in students' education and lives.
Bowtie Tuesday Initiative Highlights Dressing for Success
Mr. Simmons says he began celebrating the day nearly four years ago while he was the principal of Griffin High School at the request and suggestion of students:
"The goal was three-fold: to draw attention to positive (and stylish) appearance, to promote the value of dressing for success and to build relationships with my students," Mr. Simmons explains. "It’s something about the bowtie that distinguishes a person’s appearance, and I wanted to be able to convey that message to my students. As a part of our PBIS celebrations, I would often allow students to exchange their reward/recognition tickets for bowties. It was cool to see the value that they placed on having their own bowtie and/or being able to participate in the Bowtie Tuesday events. It was also cool to see many of our teachers (even female) support this effort through their participation.
I look forward to Bowtie Tuesday each week and I’m thrilled to see so many students and staff members in BCSD join me in this effort."
When you wear a bowtie, participate by useing the hashtags on Twitter and Instagram: #BowTieTuesday and #DressforSuccess
Founding Father Delivers Constitutions for Constitution Day
Students learned about the Constitution and received their own copy.
Pocket Constitution Copies
Students throughout the District received pocket copies of the Constitution.
A donation to the Ga. DOE allowed for the state to purchase copies of the Constitution for fourth-graders.
Founding Father Delivers Constitutions
Abraham Baldwin, a Founding Father, hand-delivered pocket copies of the Constitution to fourth-graders.
Pocket Constitution Copies
A donation to the Ga. DOE allowed for the state to purchase copies of the Constitution for fourth-graders.
Ingram-Pye Families Attend Grandparents' Breakfast
Ingram-Pye hosted a Grandparents Breakfast on Friday, September 11. Grandparents Day was Sunday, September 13. Principal Dr. Quintin Green attended Family and Friends Day in recognition of Grandparents Day at Greater Little Rock Baptist Church, our community partner.
Bernd Elementary Hosts 'Muffins with Mom'
Bernd Elementary hosted “Muffins with Mom” where attendees learned effective ways to communicate with the school. We appreciate all the moms who tirelessly support their child’s education.
Sonny Carter, Hometown Yoga Host Family Yoga Class to Support 'Leader In Me'
"When we heard about 'Leader In Me' in particular, everything that it advocates, in terms of leadership, being proactive, being a giver, a good citizen are all things that we play up in our kids yoga classes as well as our adult yoga classes. We are so excited to support it," Hometown Yoga Co-Owner Rachel Gerrity said.
Gerrity says that yoga helps boost self-esteem and self-discipline.
"Yoga ties into Habit Seven Sharpening Your Saw [a tenet of the "Leadership In Me" framework]," Sonny Carter Elementary Academic Coach Amanda Marsh explains. "It's about working on your mind, body and soul and taking the time for yourself so that you can be successful in all of the other habits."
Williams Elementary Fifth-Graders Attend Starbase Robins
Northeast-Bibb FFA Chapter Participates in Floral Design Workshop
The Northeast-Bibb FFA Chapter members participated in the Junior and Senior Floral Design Workshop held at Houston County High School on September 9.
They will be participating in the Floral Design Career Development Event on October 1 held at Camp John Hope. (Pictured from left: Elysia Young and Desinee Phelps)
Community Health Fair
The Iron Men’s Health Fair to promote Prostate Cancer Awareness will be held on Saturday, September 19, at Central Georgia Technical College Gym at 1780 Anthony Road from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The event will include a one-mile Run/Walk and Free Health Screenings and is open to the public. For more information, contact Jimmy Mills 478-737-9778 or Danny Boykins 478-254-4309.
Regularly Scheduled Monthly Committee and Board Meetings
Thursday, Oct. 15th, 4pm
484 Mulberry St
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
VISION: Each student demonstrates strength of character
and is college or career ready.
MISSION: The Bibb County School District will develop
a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated
to educating each student for a 21st century global society.