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Good news from schools: Georgia association honors veteran Gwinnett educator

The statewide organization that provides unity of school leadership groups in Georgia has recognized a Gwinnett County Public Schools veteran leader as its Outstanding Educator.

John Green was recently honored by the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders during the organization's annual conference for his contributions and accomplishments as principal of North Gwinnett High.

The Outstanding Educator Award is presented annually to a GAEL member who has shown significant achievement in the field of educational leadership and who has made important contributions to GAEL and one or more of the GAEL affiliates.

Green serves the school system as an area superintendent overseeing the Mill Creek and North Gwinnett clusters, a position he took in July after serving North Gwinnett High as its principal for a decade.

Under his leadership at North Gwinnett, the school implemented an exemplary academic and athletic program, initiated a foundation to enhance student achievement, developed a model student leadership program, and worked with feeder schools to ensure strong ties between North Gwinnett and its community. Today, the school leads the state in the percentage of students who take and pass Advanced Placement tests during their high school years. The school also has appeared in Newsweek's ranking of top schools in America.

"He is more than an able administrator," Gwinnett Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said of Green. "He epitomizes the power of outstanding principals in leading effective schools."

Green is an active member of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, as well as other associations. He has made numerous presentations on a variety of topics to professional groups. He joined the school system as a math teacher and coach at Meadowcreek High in 1987, moving to Berkmar High and Brookwood High as assistant principal before serving North Gwinnett from 1998 to July.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. For more good news, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com Monday.