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Congratulations to Dr. Doug Doblar, 2018 TOTY and 2019 Georgia TOTY Finalist!

Congratulations to Dr. Doug Doblar, 2018 TOTY and 2019 Georgia TOTY Finalist!

An elementary math and science teacher who has a classroom at the school he once attended, Dr. Doug Doblar of Head Elementary School has been named the 2018 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year (TOTY), the 2018 Gwinnett County Elementary School TOTY, and a finalist for 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year.
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GCPS salutes 522 retirees in 2018

In this special edition of Education Briefs, Gwinnett County Public Schools extends its thanks to 522 retirees for their contributions across the district. From classrooms and offices to cafeterias and buses these individuals have made a difference in GCPS and in the lives of our students.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

The Class of 2018 has made its mark, crossing stages at GCPS' 22 high schools. Check out this special edition of Communiqué which showcases our seniors.. and congratulations to the 2018 GCPS Valedictorians!

Get ready to... Branch Out this school year!

Help your student Branch Out! academically. Students who opt in to the Branch Out! program have full access to the print and digital resources of the county library system. Once accounts are activated, students can use their GCPS student ID number and a PIN for access to the library system’s print collection, research materials, digital resources, audio books, and more!

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Brookwood HS' Settles-Livers earns national honor

Gwinnett County teacher earns national award for entrepreneurship instruction

August 14, 2018 / Permalink

From left to right: Wallace Nunn, Carrie Settles-Livers, and Thomas Lemons

     Carrie Settles-Livers, a teacher at Brookwood High School, has been awarded a 41st Annual Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. This year’s class of Leavey Award winners features 7 free enterprise education programs and their 8 coordinating teachers. Settles-Livers and the other winners were recognized at an award ceremony on the campus of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, in Phoenixville, 
Pennsylvania. As part of this honor, she received $7,500 in recognition of her work.

     The Brookwood High teacher was honored for her creation of “STEMpreneurship with Brookwood Aquaponics,” which combines the teaching of next-generation science standards alongside the free enterprise system. In STEMpreneurship with Brookwood Aquaponics, students are tasked with creating a business idea that incorporates sustainable agriculture. They design logos, web pages, slogans, and learn how to create a startup and sell products— from planters to bug repellants to candles in reused jars and sustainably sourced soaps. In addition, the students craft business plans, “elevator pitches,” procure investment funds, make cold calls, consult market analysis on pricing, and sell online. As in real life, leadership and teamwork are vital to success. The project’s aquaponics lab system is capable of producing three tons of food in its deep water beds, and students give half of their produce away to a local food co-op. Profits from sales of the other half of their crop are donated

     The Leavey Awards, administered by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation and Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, were created in 1977 to encourage and thank teachers whose expertise and creativity was leading to innovative ways of teaching students about entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system. In the more than four decades that the two foundations have partnered to find, select and honor educators from around the country, more than 600 teachers— from middle school to college level— have received nearly $4 million in prize money.  


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