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GCPS names fourth class of Aspiring Principal Program

Gwinnett County Public Schools tapped 20 educators to participate in the fourth class of the district's Quality-Plus Leader Academy, a training program for aspiring principals.

The 20 school leaders, who serve as assistant principals, will receive the additional training and support needed to better prepare them for a principal position in Gwinnett. This GCPS leadership development initiative is funded through a $3.7 million grant from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

Selected through a rigorous screening process, the QPLA members for the Class of 2010 are:

* Benita Renee Barnett, Suwanee Elementary

* Michael Bender, Kanoheda Elementary

* William Bishop, Duluth High

* Elisa Brown, Hopkins Elementary

* Deborah Chavannes, Minor Elementary

* Stephanie Cortellino, Pharr Elementary

* Gregory Cunningham, Archer High

* Juanita Daunoy, Simonton Elementary

* Sebastian "Shon" Davis, Bethesda Elementary

* Ann Izadi, Duncan Creek Elementary

* Christine Knox, Mason Elementary

* Kimberly Lipe, Crews Middle

* Sheila McCain, Twin Rivers Middle

* Mark Montello, Radloff Middle

* Mini'imah Shaheed, Richards Middle

* Anthony Smith, North Gwinnett High

* Alfred Taylor, Meadowcreek High

* Cynthia Tookes, Hopkins Elementary

* Janice Warren, Annistown Elementary

* Penny Young, Knight Elementary

The Academy offers a curriculum created and developed by school system leaders, who also serve as the Academy's professors. QPLA class members receive a comprehensive yearlong training in curriculum and instruction, school budgets, human resources, operations management, community relations and more.

Since its inception in 2006, 95 Gwinnett educators have graduated from the Academy's first three cohorts. Of these graduates, 53 already have been appointed to serve as school principals, and two others serve the district at its central office.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.