Two Gwinnett County public schools have earned the Breakout Middle School designation from the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP). Berkmar Middle School and Northbrook Middle School won this annual award that recognizes outstanding middle schools based on collaborative leadership, personalization and curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Berkmar Middle is also one of only three schools statewide that earned the “Distinguished” designation which is awarded to schools which show a commitment to meeting the needs of all students.
The principals at both schools say the recognition is a validation of the hard work put in by the school’s teachers and staff. Northbrook Middle Principal Keith Thompson says, “We have a phenomenal community that has provided us with outstanding students. Combine that with a set of the most dedicated and passionate educators, and you have a mixture that is dynamic and special. It is an honor to be recognized and we are extremely excited about this designation.”
Nicole Mosley, Berkmar Middle School’s principal, is thrilled for her school but adds that there is still more work to be done. She explains, “We remain highly committed to the vision and mission of Gwinnett County Public Schools, and the district’s strategic initiatives. We strive to become a world-class school because our students deserve that. Our community believes in our students and our success and it is great to see success in action.” Mosley attributes her school’s success to her staff and their work to address instructional and operational needs while incorporating technological systems and processes that support effective performance and desired results.
Berkmar Middle was presented with a $1,000 award for earning the “Distinguished” designation.