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History-making Gwinnett educator honored at ‘Wonder Woman’ screening

Georgia’s first black female school superintendent is one of 11 women being honored as a “Real Life Woman Superhero” at a “Wonder Woman” screening Wednesday.

Beauty Baldwin made Georgia history when she took the helm of Buford City Schools in 1984. The lifelong educator grew up in Sandersville; her parents had limited education and worked as sharecroppers.

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Baldwin moved up the ranks of Buford’s school system after earning her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Savannah State University. She started as a teacher, becoming an assistant principal and principal of Buford Middle School before earning the job of superintendent. 

She has also served in administrative roles for Gwinnett County Public Schools. An elementary school in that district, Baldwin Elementary School, is named for Beauty Baldwin.

Baldwin was nominated for the “Real Life Woman Superhero” award, organized by the dine-in movie theater chain Studio Movie Grill. One woman from each of the 11 metropolitan areas in which the company has theaters was selected out of 700 total submissions.

Baldwin will walk the red carpet in Dallas and receive Studio Movie Grill’s “Opening Hearts and Minds” award before the movie screening. A $1,000 donation will also be made in her honor to Savannah State’s “Closing the Gap” scholarship fund.

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Rookie teacher at Baldwin Elementary School in Gwinnett County, Audrey Smith describes her goals and challenges on the first day of the 2016-2017 school year as well as on the final day of classes that year.

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