Georgette believes that teaching is a calling, an honor, a tremendous responsibility, and the best profession in the world. She has been passionate about education, and especially about her students, since she began graduate school and student teaching in 1990.
During her career as an educator, Georgette has taught first, second, and fifth grades as a general education teacher in Maryland, Florida, and here in Cobb County, and most recently has taught K-5 Reading and Writing as an ESOL Teacher in Fulton County. Georgette has taught in both public and private schools, upper and primary elementary grades, general education and small group settings, and suburban and urban communities. She is grateful for each of her varied experiences, which have taught her valuable lessons and given her powerful tools to bring to her instruction and understanding of students.
Georgette holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The George Washington University and a Master of Science in Teaching Degree from Fordham University. She holds a current Georgia Educator Certificate as a Highly Qualified teacher with certifications in Early Childhood Education (P-5) and Middle Grades (4-8) Science and Social Studies . She also holds an ESOL certificate (P-12) and an ESOL endorsement from the State of Georgia, and an Orton Gillingham Teacher’s Level Certificate.
Georgette has lived in East Cobb for fifteen years with her husband, Ken, and their two children, Jack (19) and Madeline(18), who both attended Cobb County schools. In her spare time, Georgette enjoys traveling with family and reading.
Michelle’s passion in life is teaching. She realized her calling was a career in education during the summers in high school when she worked as a camp counselor. During those summers, the relationships she built with her campers ignited a desire to work with kids in the future. After high school, Michelle graduated with honors and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Barry University. She continued her education and earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.
Michelle began her teaching career in a first grade classroom for five years at Natural Bridge Elementary School in North Miami, Florida. During her tenure at Natural Bridge, she was grade level chairperson for three years. Michelle continued her teaching career at Manatee Elementary School, teaching fourth grade for three years. Michelle and her family then moved to Georgia in the Summer of 2000, after which Michelle spent the next ten years raising her three children and taught on a part-time basis both as a substitute teacher for all elementary grades and as an extended supply teacher for second, third and fifth grades.
In 2011, after obtaining a Georgia Educator’s Certificate as a highly qualified teacher, Michelle accepted a full-time teaching position at Riverside Primary School in Mableton, Georgia. She taught kindergarten for a year and then taught first grade for the next three years. While at Riverside, Michelle’s classroom was chosen by the school’s principal to be a model classroom for new teachers. In addition to multiple leadership roles and participating in various training programs including SMART training, Michelle served as a chairperson of the Curriculum/Assessment Committee and the School Improvement Plan Committee.
After many years of classroom experience, Michelle believes that one of the most important parts of teaching is to establish a trusting relationship with each student and foster a love of learning, so they are inspired to learn throughout and beyond their years of formal schooling.