Teasley MS Principal Recognized as Georgia Principal of the Year!

Teasley MS Principal Recognized as Georgia Principal of the Year!

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Teasley Middle School Principal Dr. Susan Zinkil is officially recognized as Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year at the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals’ annual fall conference on Monday.

Teasley Middle School Principal Dr. Susan Zinkil was officially honored Monday as Georgia’s Middle School Principal of the Year by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals

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Dr. Susan Zinkil

Dr. Zinkil, who in February was named the winner of the statewide honor, was selected from a large, statewide pool of nominees.  The award recognizes her excellence in educational leadership, success in resolving complex problems, development of self and others and community service.

She was presented with the award at the Association’s annual fall conference held Oct. 29-31 in Savannah.

Appointed the Principal of Teasley MS in 2010, Dr. Zinkil has led the school to be recognized as: a “Distinguished Breakout Middle School” by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals in 2013, a finalist for the Georgia Family Friendly Partnership Award in 2014 and a Title I Reward School in 2012 and 2015 by the Georgia Department of Education.  Additionally, the Technology Association of Georgia named Teasley MS as a finalist in its State STEM Awards in 2015.  In March, Teasley MS became the nation’s first middle school to have all its teachers become Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) certified!

The Principal of the Year recognition program is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals; the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals, which serves 1,300 members; and Association Member Benefit Advisor.


CCSD Earns High Approval Rating in Regional Report

More than 76% of residents polled rank Cherokee County’s public schools as “excellent” or “good” in a new regional report – the second-highest school approval rating in metro Atlanta!

The poll, published Friday by the Atlanta Regional Commission, found 35.6% of respondents describe Cherokee’s schools as “excellent” and 40.6% as “good,” for a total that trails only Fayette County.  The remainder was split between “fair” (10.8%), “poor” (4.3%) and “don’t know” (8.7%).  Residents were polled in 13 Metro counties and in the City of Atlanta.

Cherokee’s overall rating also improved from the 2015 results in the annual Metro Atlanta Speaks poll, which surveys residents across metro Atlanta on qualify-of-life topics ranging from safety to transportation.  The poll was conducted by the A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service at Kennesaw State University and included a sample of 5,200 residents.

“These results affirm what we already know to be true: our students, parents, employees, volunteers, partners and School Board are working together to continuously improve teaching and learning,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We appreciate the support of our community and recognize the confidence placed in our School District, as evidenced by our growing enrollment of students, high numbers of applicants seeking to teach here, and by the repeated renewal of our one-percent Education SPLOST since 1997.  We’re committed to further strengthening our schools and seeing our approval ratings rise to even higher levels.”

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