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Good news from schools: Corley Elementary students explore careers

More than 1,200 students from Corley Elementary School had the opportunity to explore what their future could be at Corley's third annual Career Day.

On May 12, the students started planning their future as they met with volunteers who were set up in the gymnasium, classrooms and outside areas to learn more about possible careers they might consider one day.

The Career Day participants included police officers, fireman, dental hygienist, news reporter, fashion designer, pilot, professor, veterinarian, financial planner, graphic designer, lawyer, professional women's football team members, trainer, nurse and cosmetologist. Each volunteer explained their career, day-to-day duties and educational requirements.

Career Day was a resounding success according to students and teachers alike.

"I learned that there are many jobs and that every job has an important role in the United States," fourth-grader Jordan Davis said.

School officials said students were enlightened by the many opportunities available in the world of work, and Career Day was a fun and enjoyable way to get students to start thinking about what their future will be.

Gwinnett educator receives Lifetime Achievement award

An educator with Gwinnett County Public Schools for more than 25 years, Dr. Dale Carter, the school system's director of psychological services, was presented with the Georgia Association of School Psychologists' Lifetime Achievement award.

The award recognizes the veteran educator for dedicating his professional life to the development and betterment of school psychology in Georgia. He was nominated for the award by GCPS psychologists who, along with him, serve the needs of Gwinnett school children.

"To be nominated for this award by the school psychologists in Gwinnett County Public Schools was honor enough," Carter said. "To be recognized by the Georgia Association of School Psychologists as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award was incredibly humbling and affirming. It is wonderful to receive an award as an acknowledgement for simply doing what you love to do."

Carter has served the school system as its director of psychological services for 14 years. He first joined the district in 1983 as a school psychologist. He worked at several different schools before becoming the department's director in 1994. An expert in clinical, private and school psychology, Carter holds a doctoral degree in school psychology from the University of Georgia. He dedicated 32 years of his career to public schools, 26 of those to Gwinnett children. He retires in June.

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 on Monday.