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School administrators graduate from leadership training

SUWANEE - The inaugural class of a professional development program designed to train aspiring principals graduated Thursday during the Gwinnett Board of Education's work session.

The yearlong program, the Quality-Plus Leader Academy, contained 37 graduates, many of whom have since been appointed as principals. The Academy was started to ensure Gwinnett County Public Schools will have enough leaders to replace retiring principals and to work in the schools as the district adds facilities.

Kimberly Smith, the principal of Suwanee Elementary School, said the program provided her with "just-in-time learning."

"It was a wonderful program that provided me with the opportunity to expand my experiences and knowledge base," she said.

McConnell Middle's principal, Paula Everett-Truppi, agreed.

"It prepares people to walk in the shoes of a principal and to start off successfully," she said.

Jason Lane, an assistant principal at North Gwinnett High, said he appreciated the opportunity to learn from district leaders and network with other administrators throughout the county. The "cohorts," as those enrolled in the Academy are called, grew close to one another, and he said graduation was "bittersweet."

Throughout the year, the class learned about curriculum, instruction, assessment, human resources, budgeting and finance, evaluations, community and public relations, and operations management.

SideBar: Leadership grads

The following is a list of who graduated from the Academy and their current roles in GCPS:

' Audrey Baptiste - assistant principal at J.C. Magill Elementary

' Monica Batiste - principal at J.A. Alford Elementary

' Stephen Black - assistant principal at Grayson High

' Paul Brooksher - principal at Dacula Elementary

' Bob Burgess - assistant principal at Collins Hill High

' Lauri Burton - principal at B.B. Harris Elementary

' Tarsha Chambers - assistant principal at Snellville Middle

' Penny Clavijo - assistant principal at J.C. Magill Elementary

' Paula Cobb - principal at Corley Elementary

' Debra Dees - principal at Brookwood High

' Jose DeJesus - assistant principal at Berkmar High

' Mary Lou Enright - assistant principal at Sugar Hill Elementary

' Paula Everett-Truppi - principal at J.P. McConnell Middle

' Allan Gee - assistant principal at J.E. Richards Middle

' Deborah Harris - principal at Bethesda Elementary

' Luevenia Holloway - assistant principal at Lilburn Middle

' Dorothy Jarrett - assistant principal at South Gwinnett High

' Doris Jones - assistant principal at Dacula Middle

' Jason Lane - assistant principal at North Gwinnett High

' Bryan Long - director of academic support

' Kelli McCain - principal at Meadowcreek Elementary

' Andrea Miller - assistant principal at Five Forks Middle

' Angelique Mitchell - assistant principal at Rockbridge Elementary

' Deb Murphy - assistant principal at Sycamore Elementary

' Angie Pacholke - principal at Rock Springs Elementary

' Leslie Pendleton - assistant principal at Benefield Elementary

' Charisse Redditt - assistant principal at Benefield Elementary

' Marci Resnick - assistant principal at Richard Hull Middle

' Valerie Robinett - assistant principal at Ivy Creek Elementary

' Betty Ann Schoeneck - principal at Shiloh Elementary

' Kimberly Smith - principal at Suwanee Elementary

' Rania Sukkari - assistant principal at Berkeley Lake Elementary

' Wandy Taylor - assistant principal at Lilburn Elementary

' Georgia Tomlin - assistant principal at Peachtree Ridge High

' Beryl Wagner - assistant principal at J.P. McConnell Middle

' Jason Wester - assistant principal at Dacula Middle

' Angie Wright - assistant principal at Louise Radloff Middle