Phil Pickens Awards
Posted on August 14, 2022, by GAPMP
Karen Tharpe who serves as the Parent Mentor for Appling County Schools has been a leader in the GaPMP for several years. She was the chair of the Leadership Council and now serves as this year’s Phil Pickens Committee Chair.
And the nominees are… to be announced during our Kickoff!
The Phil Pickens Leadership Award is a statewide honor recognizing outstanding leadership in the collaborative work between home, school and community to improve outcomes for students with disabilities, outstanding contributions to the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership program, and consistent outstanding leadership accomplishments in special education.
The award is named after the founder of the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership, Mr. Phil Pickens. The late Mr. Pickens is a former Department of Education Special Education Director who dedicated more than 35 years to improving the education of children with disabilities.
Presenting the Phil Pickens Leadership Awards Recipients
2005 Phil Pickens
2006 Ms. Clemene Ramsey Fayette County Schools SPED Director
2007 Dr. Julie Moilanen Grady County Schools SPED Director
2008 Mike Blake Clarke County Schools and Scott Crain Hall County Parent Mentor
2009 Dr. Mikki Garcia Chatham County Schools and Ginger Henderson Meriwether County Parent Mentor
2010 Dr. Sue Carter Walton County SPED and Tracy Barber Seminole County Parent Mentor
2011 Joellen Harden Dodge County SPED and Kim Chester Bartow County Parent Mentor
2012 Joan Baird Madison County SPED and Pam Moore Madison County Parent Mentor
2013 Jennifer Mellor Jones County SPED and Teresa Johnson Walton County Parent Mentor
2014 Ann Cross Gordon County SPED and Carol Smith Candler County Parent Mentor
2015 Andrea Pender Barrow County SPED and April Lee Wayne County Parent Mentor
2016 Sandy Malone Seminole County SPED *parent mentor (tie) Edith Abakare, Atlanta City AND Lisa Vaughn, Liberty County
2017 Dr. Mary Kay Berry White County SPED and Jackie McNair Gwinnett County Parent Mentor
2018 Heidi Hill Clarke County SPED and JoEllen Hancock Cherokee County Parent Mentor
2019 Audrey Walters Montgomery County SPED and Juliet Hardeman Chatham County Parent Mentor
2020 Tania Amerson Bartow County SPED and Amanda Locke Evans County Parent Mentor
2021 Angie Ingram Walker County SPED and Erin Arledge Whitfield County Parent Mentor
2022 Alecia Segursky Gordon County SPED and Jane Grillo White County Parent Mentor