Best in class: Fayette teacher a Georgia Teacher of Year finalist

Alexandra Vlachakis, who teaches information technology at Sandy Creek High School in Fayette County, is one of 10 finalists in the running for Georgia Teacher of the Year. She helped write curriculum for the state’s new digital media career pathway that was approved by the Georgia Department of Education late last year. The 10 finalists were chosen from a pool of 151 teachers of the year in their school districts. The winner will be announced at the Georgia Teacher of the Year conference on May 8 and be entered in the national Teacher of the Year competition.

Former NFL quarterback Archie Manning was guest speaker at The Lovett School’s second annual Father/Son Dinner for upper school boys and their fathers and guests. Manning spoke about the importance of leadership and lessons learned over a lifetime in football and as a father of three boys.

Fulton County Schools has announced its 2015 Volunteers of the Year. School leaders were asked to select a volunteer who has shown outstanding dedication and commitment to quality education and the school. A formal recognition luncheon will be held on May 15, 2015 to celebrate their accomplishments. Those to be honored are:

Elementary Schools: Alpharetta, Rob Rocco; Abbotts Hill, Charles “Coach” Goldgeier; Birmingham Falls, Cassy DiPonzio; Brookview, Michael Gibbs; Campbell, Darin Snead; Cliftondale, Vivian Morrison; Conley Hills, Mary Broadbent; Crabapple Crossing, Tara Spolan; Creek View, Lori McLaughlin; Dolvin, Leigh Anne Fink; Dunwoody Springs, Kris Miller; Esther Jackson, Becky Anderson; Evoline C. West, Chad Regan; Feldwood, Sondra Parham; Gullatt, Alethia Covington; Heards Ferry, Kyle Pointer; Hembree Springs, Allison Liguori; Heritage, Marion Fisher; High Point, Claudia Rocabado; Hillside, Paige Briski; Ison Springs, Lynnette Brooks; Lake Forest, Laura Castro; Lake Windward, Tamara Adams; Liberty Point, John Reed; Love T. Nolan, FeFe Handy; Manning Oaks, Amanda Johnson; Bethune, Tequila Douglas; Medlock Bridge,Keri Michaelis; Mimosa, Jeanette McCarty; Mount Olive, Myla Grant; Mountain Park, Shannon Anderson; New Prospect, Alyson Schroeder; Northwood, Adriana Inchauste; Oakley, Dana Nelson; Oak Knoll, D. Michele Williams; Ocee, Elizabeth Andresen; Palmetto, Brenda Knox; Renaissance, Keisha Neale; River Eves, Mandi Moragne; Roswell North, Kathleen Davenporte; S.L. Lewis, Mariko Ramirez; Seaborn Lee, Chiquita Johnson-Bonds; Shakerag, Anubha Singh; Spalding Drive, Jennifer Lott; State Bridge Crossing, Christopher Foss; Stonewall Tell, Barbara Binder; Summit Hill, Ingy Fareed; Sweet Apple, Wendy Ferris; Wilson Creek, Joni Murphy; Woodland, Alex Hernandez and Anne Stegen;

Middle Schools: Autrey Mill, Amy Minton; Camp Creek, Tomica Savoy; Crabapple, Betsy Trively; Elkins Pointe, Lisa Cowles; Haynes Bridge, Sherrie Board; Holcomb Bridge, Emily Lee; Hopewell, Lynnette Huddle; Northwestern, Kim Jones; Paul D. West, Dion McClure; River Trail, Rob Everett; McNair, Sherrita Farley; Sandtown, Tyrone Rollins; Sandy Springs, Joy Sandoz; Webb Bridge, Leslie Criden;

High Schools: Alpharetta, Carolyn Vezeau; Banneker, Tawanda Parker; Cambridge, Cathy Sisson; Centennial, Caroline Truax and Eva Taylor; Creekside, Mary Johnson; Independence, Kim Isaacs; Johns Creek, Leslie Fox; McClarin, Leah Gray; Milton, Shannon Wagar; North Springs, Jody Reichel; Northview, Kathey Rios; Riverwood, Nancy McDaniel; Roswell, Superior Plumbing; Tri-Cities, Marilyn Simpson; and Westlake, Kimberly Dove.