Dr. Emily Lembeck assumed the office of Marietta City Schools (MCS) Superintendent on July 1, 2005, becoming just the 12th superintendent since 1892, leading the district's 11 schools, approximately 8,900 students and 1,200 employees.
Dr. Lembeck served as Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Operations of Marietta City Schools from 2001 until her appointment to the superintendence in 2005. As Associate Superintendent she oversaw the school system's overall instructional program. Before her successful career in school administration, she dedicated eleven years to the classroom as a teacher in Florida and Georgia. Beginning in 1991, she served as Instructional Lead Teacher at MCS' West Side Elementary for three years, followed by six years as principal of Dunleith Elementary School and then a year as principal of Marietta Middle School. In each of these positions, her student-centered approach to teaching resulted in improved test scores and increased parental involvement.
A graduate of Brooklyn College in New York, Lembeck holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Administration and Supervision from Nova University in Florida, and a Bachelor in Early Childhood from Brooklyn College in New York.
Dr. Emily Lembeck was recognized at the State Capitol House and Senate Chambers in January 2012. Representatives Teasley of the 37th, Manning of the 32nd, Evans of the 40th, and Cooper of the 41st districts presented a RESOLUTION commending Dr. Lembeck and inviting her to be recognized by the House of Representatives; Senators Tippins of the 37th, Hill of the 32nd, Stoner of the 6th and Rogers of the 21st presented a RESOLUTION commending Dr. Lembeck and inviting her to be recognized by the Senate.
Under the direction of Dr. Lembeck, in June 2008, Marietta City Schools became one of Georgia's first Charter School Systems and Charter status was renewed in 2013 for ten years. MCS is also an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School district. In April 2008, the school district became only the second IB World School district in Georgia authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 6-10. MCS is one of only a few school systems nationwide able to provide the full IB (K-12) continuum. In 2000, she launched Marietta Reads!, a citywide effort to foster reading and literacy. Marietta Reads! successfully helped the city of Marietta illustrate how it has increased student test scores, book circulation, and books in homes; and consequently led to Marietta's selection as an All-America City (AAC) at the 2006 National Civic League AAC competition.
Community and Professional Activities
Dr. Lembeck is an active member of many professional committees and organizations including Leadership Cobb Class of 2000, the Kiwanis Club of Marietta, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, and Cobb Education Consortium. She currently serves on the Governor’s Office for Children and Families Georgia Children’s Cabinet, Junior Achievement of Georgia Board of Directors and the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta Advisory Board, as well as on the board of the Marietta Schools Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club, Cobb Community Services Board and Board of Health, United Way Regional Commission on Homelessness, Communities in Schools of Cobb/Marietta, Cobb County Library Foundation, and has a long-term affiliation with the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.
Awards and Recognitions
Dr. Lembeck is the 2014 recipient of the Cobb NAACP "Living the Dream" Award and the 2014 Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award. She is a 2012 recipient of the Justice Robert Benham Award for Outstanding Leadership, Service and Total Commitment for the Equality of All Citizens presented by Blacks United for Youth (BUY). Lembeck was named the 2012 Marietta Daily Journal Cobb County Citizen of the Year. She received the Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA) 2012 Superintendent of the Year Award. In April 2011, Lembeck was one of four University of Georgia graduates recognized for their career achievements and community leadership, and received the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UGA College of Education. She also received a 2011 UGA Professional Achievement Award, given to alumni in the midpoint of their careers who have demonstrated significant achievements in their fields. In 2010, the Cobb Economic Development office selected her to represent K-12 education in South Korea, leading to a partnership with the Seongdong-Gu School District; and she is the 2010 recipient of Brooklyn College Alumni Association's Distinguished Achievement Award.
In recognition of her many professional and community contributions, she was appointed in 2014 to the Governor's Severe Weather Preparedness Task Force and in 2009 she was appointed to the Governor's Working Group on Abuse in the Educational Setting, and was named Woman of the Year 2008 by the Cobb Chapter of the American Association of University Women. In 2008, Lembeck was named one of the 75 Notable Women in Cobb by the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta – 75th Anniversary. In 2008 and 2004, Dr. Lembeck was named one of the YWCA Women of Achievement. In 2006, she was named Cobb County Boys & Girls Club 2006 Board Member of the Year for her work as a strong youth and community advocate, and she earned the 2006 Willie Hill Leadership Award for contributions to the Cobb County Community.