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2015 Winners Announced
Posted on May 25, 2015, by GAPMP
Administrator Award: Andrea Pender
Parent Mentor Award: April Lee
And the 2015 Visionary Award Winner Dottie Adams
The 2015 Phil Pickens Nominees:
Sandra Adams, Hart County
Andrea Pender, Barrow County
Cheryl Benefield, Haralson County
Terri Goodridge, Bibb County
JoEllen Hancock, Cherokee County
April Lee, Wayne County
Becky Tracy, Union County
Scroll down to see the nominee’s posters detailing their accomplishments
For the last 15 years, Georgia’s schools have been engaged in a remarkable experiment, training parents to utilize their knowledge base and experience with their own children, to help school system staff and parents work towards better more effective family engagements practices in their communities.
This was the dream of the late Phil Pickens, who at the time of the creation of this program was the State Special Education Director for Georgia and, a parent, Patti Solomon, who brought the idea for the program from a similar one in Ohio.
The Phil Pickens Leadership Award started over a decade ago to keep his memory alive, so every year, the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership recognizes the history of the program, honors the man who founded it and recognizes the accomplishments of special education directors and parent mentors working in their schools with an award that bears his name.
2014: Ann Cross, Gordon County Special Education Director, and
Carol Smith, Candler County Parent Mentor
2013: Jennifer Mellor, Jones County Special Education Director, and
Teresa Johnson, Walton County Parent Mentor
2012: Joan Baird, Madison County Special Education Director, and
Pam Walley, Madison County Parent Mentor
2011: JoEllen Harden, Dodge County Special Education Director, and Kim Chester, Bartow County Parent Mentor.
2010: Suzanne Carter, Walton County Special Education Director, and Tracy Barber, Seminole County Parent Mentor.
2009: Mikki Garcia, Chatham County Special Education Director, and Ginger Henderson, Meriwether County Parent Mentor.
2008: Mike Blake, former Clarke County Associate Superintendent and Special Education Director, and Scott Crain, Hall County Parent Mentor.
2007: Julia Moilanen, former Grady County Special Education Director
2006: Clemene Ramsey, former Fayette County Special Education Director.
2005: Phil Pickens, former GA Special Education Director and founder of the Parent Mentor Partnership.
This year, we wanted to offer a panoramic view of the field of winners. Click on the link below to reminisce with us: