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Aspiring principals graduate from training program

SUWANEE — The fourth cohort of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ aspiring principal program graduated Thursday from the yearlong academy.

During its monthly work session, the Gwinnett County Board of Education honored the 21 graduates of the Quality-Plus Leader Academy, which was established to prepare future principals for Gwinnett County, readying them to lead 21st century schools focused on pursuing improvement and raising achievement.

“We recognize the magnitude of the investment that you’ve deposited into our leadership development,” said Sheila McCain, one of the graduates and an assistant principal at Twin Rivers Middle School. “In Gwinnett County Public Schools, things always get better, we always improve, because we are committed to excellence. Knowing that everything rises and falls on leadership, we will do everything in our power to make sure your investment yields a high return in student achievement.”

The 2010 graduates are:

• Renee Barnett, assistant principal at Roberts Elementary

• Michael Bender, assistant principal at Kanoheda Elementary

• William Bishop, assistant principal at Duluth High

• Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary

• Deborah Chavannes, principal of Duncan Creek Elementary

• Stephanie Cortellino, assistant principal at Pharr Elementary

• Gregory Cunningham, assistant principal at Archer High

• Juanita Daunoy, assistant principal at Jenkins Elementary

• Sebastian “Shon” Davis, principal of Alford Elementary

• Ann Izadi, assistant principal at Duncan Creek Elementary

• Christine Knox, principal of Head Elementary

• Kimberly Lipe, assistant principal at Crews Middle

• LaVern Lynch, principal of Partee Elementary

• Sheila McCain, assistant principal at Twin Rivers Middle

• Mark Montello, assistant principal at Radloff Middle

• Mini’imah Shaheed, assistant principal at Richards Middle

• Anthony Smith, assistant principal at North Gwinnett High

• Alfred Taylor, assistant principal at Meadowcreek High

• Cynthia Tookes, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary

• Janice Warren, assistant principal at Annistown Elementary

• Penny Young, principal of Arcado Elementary