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Congratulations to Jamie Lynn McFarland, 2017 TOTY!

Congratulations to Jamie Lynn McFarland, 2017 TOTY!

An elementary teacher who says teaching students with severe and profound intellectual disabilities was her "calling," Jamie Lynn McFarland of Rock Springs Elementary School has been named the 2017 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year (TOTY), and the 2017 Gwinnett County Elementary School Teacher of the Year.
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February is Black History Month

Throughout this month, students across the county are extending their knowledge of history through a wide variety of activities and celebrations aligned with the district's Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum.

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Lanier HS inventors earn U.S. patent

GCPS students earn U.S. patent for invention

February 20, 2017 / Permalink

     Three Lanier High School students have earned a patent from the U.S. Patent Office. Seniors Savannah Jones, Macy Dykes, and Lauren Eshelman worked together to invent an eyeliner stamp. They are the first Lanier High School students that the school is aware of to earn a U.S. patent while still enrolled in high school. 

     The three Center for Design and Technology (CDAT) students are proud of their accomplishment. “We are all so excited! We are proud to know we did something that will inspire younger students and others to come out with bigger and better ideas than before,” Savannah Jones said. “In CDAT we are always taught to work together, we constantly work on projects with our peers. It teaches us the value of working together and how it is going to be in the real world, not just in a classroom. This project proved everything I had learned about working in a group. While it may be difficult, it is necessary to complete a better project than if we did it by ourselves.”  

     Michael Reilly, a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teacher at Lanier High School, says the students were able to excel because of the support they receive from the school and district. He explains, “Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, Executive Director of Academies, Career and Technical Education Jody Reeves, and Principal Dr. Reuben Gresham have given us the ability to create this atmosphere of genuine creativity. This is a first for our school and we are not aware of any other GCPS students receiving a patent while still in high school. I don’t see this patent as a conclusion, but an ignition point that is exciting for these girls and serves as an example and can motivate others in their peer group,” Reilly said.

     For more about the group’s patent, contact… Michael Riley (678) 765-4040


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