A committee from Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) recently narrowed to 26 the list of semifinalists for the county’s Teacher of the Year. They are: Marcus Sowcik, Annistown Elementary; Karon M. Stocks, Benefield Elementary; Louvene Williams, Chattahoochee Elementary; Shannon Wiley, Harbins Elementary; Desireé Hempen, Harmony Elementary; Susie Bullock, Head Elementary; Jessica Newsome, Jenkins Elementary; Stacy Greenstein Lord, Lawrenceville Elementary; Margaret LaHatte, McKendree Elementary; Rachael Renje, Monarch School; Heather Watkins, Mulberry Elementary; Amy E. Riker, Puckett’s Mill Elementary; John C. O’Keefe, Riverside Elementary; Stacey Dunlap, Simpson Elementary; Carrie Doker, Sugar Hill Elementary; Lissette McRea, Berkmar Middle; Carla Sebastian Kuny, Five Forks Middle; Joan McElroy, Lanier Middle; Jan Chastain, Osborne Middle; Carol Williams, Summerour Middle; Nathaniel Amrine, Twin Rivers Middle; Ashley Allgood, Brookwood High; Hyunjin Son, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology; Marietta Malone, Meadowcreek High; Tim Rondeau, Mill Creek High; and Lisa York, Peachtree Ridge High
The family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has served notice to Gov. Nathan Deal that it wants input into any monument to the slain civil rights leader erected on state Capitol grounds – if the state expects free use of King’s copyrighted likeness.