May 2014 | E-Newsletter

Georgia Education Mentorship

The Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM) program at Georgia College provides a yearlong experience for selected students to shadow Georgia leaders in the fields of business, education, politics, health care, law and industry. Students applying to the GEM program go through an in-depth application and interview process, before being selected to participate in this noteworthy program.  Of the 22 students that make up the 2013-2014 cohort, two students, Whitney Johnson and Joanna Pickett, are senior, early childhood students.

Whitney Johnson’s GEM mentor is John Varner, the president of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation of Atlanta.  Johnson has had the opportunity to visit the PAGE offices in Atlanta and meet with their lawyers and staff members.  From this experience with the GEM program, Johnson stated that in the future, “I will always push myself to experience new things and put myself outside of my comfort zone.  I have learned that to be a truly great teacher, we must always be willing to be a student.”

Joanna Pickett’s GEM mentor is Neil Shorthouse, president of Communities in Schools of Georgia.  Pickett’s mentor has invited her to attend board meetings and conferences, such as the National Prevention Dropout Conference in Atlanta, where she met former secretary of education, Bill Bennett.  Pickett has also had the opportunity this year to meet the Superintendent of Georgia Dr. John D. Barge. 

“It is essential that students know how to step into the real world with the right attitude and mind set on how to treat others, and this program has given me an insight on how to be a better leader, teacher and professional,” stated Pickett on the influence of the GEM program on her future.

Throughout the academic year, GEM students typically schedule four shadowing visits and participate in leadership and professional development activities.  These experiences provide opportunities for them to learn about the principals and practices of effective leadership.

To find out more about the GEM program visit

The 2013-2014 GEM Cohort

Love for Haiti

L.O.V.E. for Haiti is a local nonprofit with the mission to improve life, opportunity, verse and education by raising funds to support the Remax Institute elementary school in Montrouis, Haiti.  Dianna Perdue, a 2003 JHL College of Education early childhood graduate and first through third grade teacher at Creekside Elementary School, began this nonprofit in 2013.

Perdue and her husband traveled to Haiti for the first time with another nonprofit organization in September of 2012.  “On that trip, I learned that students in Haiti must pay tuition in order to attend government schools. Because of the severe level of poverty, the result is that only about 30 percent of children in the country actually attend school,” said Perdue.  “The interpreter for our trip told me about a friend of his who had started a small school to provide free education to children in his community.  So I returned to Haiti by myself in December 2012 and began my partnership with the Remax Institute.”

Perdue has taught at Creekside Elementary School in Baldwin County for 10 years.  For the past six of those 10 years she has worked with the gifted program and advanced math classes.  Perdue incorporates Haitian culture and her passion for global service in her school classroom by including her students in service projects and fundraisers for L.O.V.E. for Haiti. 

“I know that education is the key to success and change for the future. I am passionate not only about education for my students here in Georgia, but also for other students around the globe,” stated Perdue as her role as an educator.

To find out more about L.O.V.E. for Haiti or to sponsor a student at the Remax Institute, visit the L.O.V.E. for Haiti Facebook page or

CoE alumna Dianna Perdue and students at the Remax Institute.

Presidential Volunteer Service Award

The Presidential Volunteer Service Award is a prestigious honor awarded to young people on the Georgia College campus that have completed 100+ volunteer hours within a 12-month period.

On April 9, five College of Education students received this award at the annual recognition dinner.  The senior CoE recipients are Sarah Hardy, Miranda Bolden and Whitney Johnson.  The junior CoE recipients are Whitney McCorkle and Katelyn Queary. 

Miranda Bolden, a senior early childhood student, completed 106 volunteer hours with the GC organization Gamma Sigma Sigma and the Monroe Junior Woman’s Club in her hometown. 

Bolden stated, “I am passionate about volunteering because I enjoy lending a helping hand to others around me. It is important to me to be involved in my community and help in anyway that I am capable of.”

The College of Education is very proud of the altruism of these students and their dedication to service both inside and outside the classroom.

The five presidential award recipient to the left and right of Dean Fontenot are:
Katelyn Queary, Sarah Hardy, Miranda Bolden, Whitney Johnson and Whitney McCorkle.

Elephants in the Room

The fifth annual Middle Georgia Diversity in Education Conference, Elephants in the Room: Diversity and Privilege in Education, was held at Georgia College on March 24, 2014.  This conference was jointly hosted by GC’s College of Education and the Fort Valley State University’s College of Education.   

Dr. Nicole Declouette, professor of special education and chair of the Diversity Conference Planning Committee, shared that “the conference was a success with approximately 250 guests in attendance. The highlights of the day were the Baldwin County High School Choir--directed by Ms. Kathy Carroll, a performance by Grace Nichols--who is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) coordinator for the GC Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and Abraham Deng--one of the lost boys of Sudan. These presentations were beautiful examples of different forms of diversity.”

Among the day’s success were the many presentations, posters and roundtable discussions that filled the conference’s schedule.

Kaitlyn Black and three of her peers, all early childhood teacher candidates, presented their research on school bullying during the poster presentation of the conference.  Black stated, “our presentation, Sticks and Stones: Words can Hurt, connected with the conference's theme because it is diversity and differences that are often looked at differently or made fun of.  A wrong view of what makes us different from one another leads to bullying.  As educators, we must be aware of our students' differences in order to meet everyone's needs in the classroom and provide them with the education they deserve.”

To find out more about the Middle Georgia Diversity in Education Conference visit

Conference attendees view the Sticks and Stones: Words can Hurt poster by
Kaitlyn Black, Molly McDonald, Emily McGilvray and Madison Holifield.

Baldwin County Stars

Each year the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors an outstanding Georgia high school senior from each participating, accredited high school in the state.  Each STAR student selects a STAR teacher that has had the most impact on his or her education. 

On Feb. 27 the Baldwin county STAR students and their STAR teachers were announced at the annual awards luncheon. 

The College of Education is not only proud of the young people of Baldwin County that were selected as STAR students, but of the STAR teachers.  Each of the STAR teachers this year are John H. Lounsbury College of Education alumni. 

This year’s Baldwin County STARs are:

Erin Harpe of Baldwin High School (BHS).  Erin selected BHS, language arts teacher, John Stone.  Stone graduated from the Master of Arts in Teaching program in 2006.

Kevin Myers of Georgia Military College (GMC) Prep.  Kevin selected his father, GMC social studies teacher, Charles Myers. Myers received a Bachelor of Science in middle grades education in 2004, a Master of Education in educational leadership in 2011 and a Specialist of Education in educational leadership in 2012.

Julie Hinson of John Milledge Academy (JMA).  Julie selected JMA, literature teacher, Jessica Jones.  Jones graduated in 2013 from the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program.

Then, Now and Tomorrow

On April 17, the John H. Lounsbury College of Education remembered the past, present and the future of our college with the second annual Then, Now and Tomorrow Celebration.  The afternoon was filled with fondness of what has been and excitement for what is to come at the John H. Lounsbury College of Education.

To celebrate the Now and Tomorrow portion of our event the rising senior cohort students and the recently accepted, rising junior cohort students gathered for the Dean’s Meet and Greet reception.  As a way to welcome the new cohort students to the CoE family, students had the opportunity to meet with the Interim Dean Olufunke A. Fontenot, faculty members and their fellow cohort members.  Several of the cohorts took advantage of the photo op provided, by gathering under the ivy-covered arbor to have group pictures made.

Following the Dean’s Meet and Greet reception, the original Peabody School alumni were invited to meet and mingle with the current seniors and M.A.T. students for the Then, Now and Tomorrow Celebration.  Both groups, the alumni and current students, shared stories of their memories on the Georgia College campus.  Those in attendance viewed a collection of framed watercolor prints picturing various views of the original Peabody School donated to the COE by alumna Ruby Ivey who attended the evening’s celebration.  

Current CoE seniors and 1955 Peabody alumna, Ruby Ivey.

CoE Spotlights

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Rebecca McMullen

Alumni Spotlight: Stephen Turner

Student Spotlight: Rachel Moldovan

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