MCS Celebrates Teachers & Employees, Names 2017 Teacher Of The Year

Teachers of the Year MARIETTA, GA Marietta City Schools (MCS) honored teachers and school
system employees during its annual awards celebration. Susan Donlin, a teacher at Marietta Middle School (MMS) was named the 2017 System Teacher of the Year. Dr. Emily Lembeck, MCS Superintendent, made the announcement at the district's Annual Teacher of the Year and Employee Awards Ceremony held May 26, 2016.

MCS System Teacher of the Year, 2017

Teacher of the Year Susan Donlin

Susan Donlin,
Marietta Middle School

Teachers of the Year, 2016 - 2017

Teachers of the Year 2016-2017
Yolanda Reese-White,
A.L. Burruss Elementary

Quinisha Saunders,
Dunleith Elementary

Annie Radding,
Hickory Hills Elementary

Elizabeth Huff,
Lockheed Elementary

Rhonda Olusegun,
Park Street Elementary

Sara Cleveland,
Sawyer Road Elementary
Lydia Grant,
West Side Elementary 
Sara Kany,
Marietta Center for Advanced Academics

Jacob Garcia,
Marietta High School

Susan Donlin,
Marietta Middle School

Laila Hawkins,
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy

Employee of the Year, 2016

Employee of the Year

Cindi Savage – 
Community School Director  

Superintendent’s Awards 2016

Superintendent's Awards are presented to those employees who are deemed to deserve special recognition for their contributions to their school or work site, and the system overall.
Superintendent’s Award John Waller

John Waller
, Central Office, Director of Secondary Curriculum & Instruction Student Learning and Teaching

Superintendent’s Award MHS AFJROTC

Lt. Colonel Wilson, Chief Master Sgt. Jose Alfaro, Master Sgt. Nicholas Smith, Marietta High School Air Force JROTC

Board Appreciation Awards, 2016

Board Appreciation Awards are presented by the Board of Education of the City of Marietta to parents or other community members, businesses or organizations that support the system by giving of their time and talents, and are deemed to have made outstanding contributions to the school district.
Board Appreciation Award Katy Wilder

Katy Wilder
Katy Wilder is described as one of the most selfless volunteers at Hickory Hills Elementary. She is the first parent to volunteer whenever help is needed, helping someone, somewhere several days a week.
Just to name a few –
  • Mondays she helps with the Hickory Hills Dragon Readers program which provides books to students who are struggling readers. She comes in and empties out the folder, checks reading logs and puts new books in them so that they are ready to be given back on Monday afternoons.
  • She also serves on the school’s PTA and is at all of Hickory Hills’ school events. This year alone she helped plan Frankly Spooky, Hickory Hills Art at the Marietta Museum of Art, and Taste of Hickory Hills.
  • Ms. Willder is also the room parent for her daughter’s second grade class. She planned the Winter Holiday Party and helped students with their gifts for their parents. She also continually donates extra funds for field trips to help cover the cost for students whose families could not afford it.
Board Appreciation Award Lisa Mays

Lisa Mays
Lisa Mays a true asset to MCS and is a true example of dedicated parent evolvement. Her kids started at Park Street Elementary when they were in 2nd grade and kindergarten and have progressed through the school district and are now 18 & 16 years old. At each grade level, Ms Mays has taken ownership of making sure she becomes a part of her children's school.
She has served in many capacities including, but not limited to the following:
  • Council Level Membership on the PTA
  • Secretary of the Band
  • Member of the School Governance team when her kids were in elementary
  • Representative on the Superintendent’s African Advisory Board
  • Volunteered and planned Trills & Thrills which was held at MPAC
  • Chaperoned whenever she could and can. 
Board Appreciation Award Simple Needs GA, Brenda Rhodes, President

Simple Needs GA, Brenda Rhodes, President
Simple Needs GA is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to meet the simple needs of children, people experiencing homelessness, and others in need, while inspiring our community to do the same. The social work department met Brenda Rhodes, President and Founder of Simple Needs GA at a meeting with First United Methodist Church where she is active member on the missions team. From that meeting Marietta City Schools has partnered with Simple Needs GA to provide much needed items to our students and families.
As a result of this collaboration they expanded their outreach to include:
  • My Birthday Matters: which provides brand-new toys, school supplies, a no-sew blanket, underwear and socks, and other useful items to homeless schoolchildren celebrating their birthdays.
  • Shoe Them Love: a donation of a new pair of shoes to a child.
  • Simple Household Needs: which provides 'cleaning kits’ to help families sanitize their surroundings. Simple Needs GA also collects new or gently used items to help people in need turn a house or apartment into a home.
  • Spirits of Christmas: a program that aims to “fill in the gaps” by helping families who were unable to register for other local programs such as the MUST Toy Shop, Cobb Christmas and Toys for Tots.
Board of Appreciation Award Marietta Business Association, Julie Michaels, President

Marietta Business Association, Julie Michaels, President
The Marietta Business Association (MBA) is a true Partner for Marietta City Schools. They have shown a sincere dedication to the progress of our school district and of our students. In fact, Graduate Marietta is one of the MBA's key projects and their commitment is seen throughout the year in numerous ways, including:
  • Sponsorship of two students for the Georgia REACH scholarship that was given to Marietta Middle School Students for two consecutive years.
  • Facilitation of the Shark Tank event and the Career Day Event at Marietta High School
  • Ongoing support to the CTAE program at MHS
  • The MBA dedicates time in their monthly luncheons to encourage their members to support MCS both monetarily and as volunteers. Their monthly luncheons feature a Teacher Hero Award and a book donated to a MCS. 

Outstanding New Employees, 2016

The Outstanding New Employee Award recognizes those new employees who have distinguished themselves through their performance.
Outstanding New Employees 2016
Leah Darby,
A.L. Burruss Elementary

Erick Hofstetter,
Central Office

Robyn Magnussen,
Department of Special Services

Fehintola Kalejaiye,
Dunleith Elementary

Patrice Bryant,
Hickory Hills Elementary

Jessica Long,
Lockheed Elementary

Bria Jackson,
Marietta Center for Advanced Academics

Gregory Jackson,
Marietta High School

Lauren Thornton,
Marietta Middle School
Jarrett McCall,
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy

Stephanie Vogt,
Park Street Elementary

Emily Kelley,
Sawyer Road Elementary

Stacey Kelly,

Brittany Hornsby,
West Side Elementary

Outstanding Educational Support Employees, 2016

The Outstanding Educational Support Employee Award recognizes those classified employees who distinguish themselves through their dedicated service to the system. 
Outstanding Educational Support
Jeffrey Gyesi,
A.L. Burruss Elementary

Lisa Burton,
Central Office

Cindy Davis,
Department of Special Services

Mary Williams,
Dunleith Elementary

Cindy Smith,
Hickory Hills Elementary

Cathy Gallagher,
Lockheed Elementary

Annette Berthelot,
Marietta Center for
Advanced Academics

Richard Williams,
Marietta High School
Matt Kelley,
Marietta Middle School

Cynthia Flanders,
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy

Adelle Gay,
Park Street Elementary

Melissa Moore,
Sawyer Road Elementary

Don Long,
School Nutrition

Keith Harris,

Robert Collette,
West Side Elementary

Outstanding Certified Employees, 2016

The Outstanding Certified Employee Award recognizes a teacher, counselor, media specialist, psychologist, social worker or administrator who has distinguished themselves through their service to the school system.
Outstanding Certified Employees
Natalie Foster,
A.L. Burruss Elementary

Adria Griffin,
Central Office

Christine Ramirez,
Department of Special Services

Kara Johnson,
Dunleith Elementary

Amy Baringer,
Hickory Hills Elementary

Asha Patel,
Lockheed Elementary

Jennifer Williams,
Marietta Center for Advanced Academics
Sandra Ofili,
Marietta High School

Teresha Lawson,
Marietta Middle School

Helen Bryant,
Marietta Performance Learning Center

Amy Thompson,
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy

Joanna Cox,
Park Street Elementary

Laura Floryance,
Sawyer Road Elementary

Carey Callahan,
West Side Elementary

Customer Service Excellence Award, 2016

The Customer Service Excellence Award recognizes a Marietta City school or work site that provides outstanding or noteworthy service to customers.
Customer Service Award Hickory Hills Elem. Kristen Beaudin, Principal

Kristen Beaudin, Principal,
Hickory Hills Elementary

Class-E Tech Award, 2016

The Class-E Technology Award recognizes educators that are taking full advantage of technology tools to innovate within the educational setting district-wide.
Class-E Tech Award Ruth Jean Baptiste: Dunleith

Ruth Jean Baptiste
, Dunleith Elementary 

Rose Wing Teacher of Promise Award, 2016

Ms. Rose Wing Jr., presented the Rose Wing Teacher of Promise Award to Lanie Bakeberg a teacher at Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, in memoriam to Mrs. Rose Wing who taught for 42 years at Marietta City Schools. The award established in 2013 recognizes young teachers with 2-5 years of teaching experience who embody the extraordinary ability and spirit that Mrs. Wing brought to the profession.
Rose Wing Award Madison Rutherford, MCAA

Ms. Rose Wing Jr. and Winner, Madison Rutherford, MCAA
Rose Wing Jr. Award Nominees

Hillary Cook, Marietta Middle School
Lisa Waldrep, Lockheed Elementary
Kayla Teti, Hickory Hills Elementary
Kate Brown, Park Street Elementary
Sydney Krause, West Side Elementary
Sophie Morton, A.L. Burruss Elementary
Brittney Williams, Dunleith Elementary
Emily Kelley, Sawyer Road Elementary
Brad Simmons, Marietta High School

2016 Marietta City Schools Retirees

It is with much gratitude, pride and appreciation that Marietta City Schools honors and celebrates our newest retirees.
Retirees Luncheon  
Maureen Hutchinson A. L. Burruss Elementary
Pamela Walsh A. L. Burruss Elementary
Nancy Wharton A. L. Burruss Elementary
Charmaine Bernard-Joseph Dunleith Elementary
Andrea Gehweiler Dunleith Elementary
Candace Bennett Hickory Hills Elementary
Pamela Kapperman Hickory Hills Elementary
Margaret Pavey     
Hickory Hills Elementary
Paula Heiney  
Lockheed Elementary
Kathleen King
Lockheed Elementary
Elise Schoeff
Lockheed Elementary
Mary Frances Rosa
Park Street Elementary
Debbie Dunaway (not pictured)
Sawyer Road Elementary
Melinda Backers-Bass
West Side Elementary
Mildred Liles                           West Side Elementary
Jean-Clare Edwards
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy
Linda Guyton
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy
Audrey Hill
Marietta Middle School
Ron Brookins
Marietta High School
Stephanie Howard
Marietta High School
Harry (Gus) Perkins
Marietta High School
Howell Pritchard
Marietta High School
Susan Cook
Central Office
Jeanne Warner
Department of Social Services
Fred Clayton (not pictured)
Central Office - Maintenance
Vivian Crews (not pictured)
School Nutrition
Ray Escoe
School Nutrition
Angela Hou (not pictured)
School Nutrition
Archie Toole
Peggy Washington


Gold Sponsors

Marietta Power



Platinum Sponsor

Ed Voyles




High Museum of Art

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Baby Tommy's Taste of NY

Geogia Dance Conservatory

Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, GA

Chick-fil-A, Marietta Trade Center

CitruSolution of West Cobb

Fabric & Fringe Warehouse

Martini Chiropractic & Massage

Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel and Conference Center