is one of nine finalists for the annual Georgia Family-Friendly Partnership School Awards, which recognize Title I schools for their “exceptional commitment to fostering welcoming environments that encourage families to become active partners in improving student achievement and success.” The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the Georgia Parental Information and Resource Center (GA PIRC) oversee the awards program. GaDOE staff will make unannounced site visits to the finalist schools in August and September, and the award winners will be announced in October. Of the finalists, only two are middle schools including Teasley MS; the others are elementary schools.
“With all the applications we received, it was extremely difficult to choose only nine finalists from a large pool of outstanding schools,” said Michelle Tarbutton Sandrock, Parent Engagement Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Education. “It is clear though, that [Teasley MS] has an exceptional commitment to fostering welcoming environments that encourage families to become active partners in improving student achievement and success.”
She noted that Teasley MS Principal Dr. Susan Zinkil “should be very proud of your school’s accomplishment and we know you will continue the strong family and community engagement programs you indicated in your application next school year.”