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Our Master Teachers - 2004

Dorothy Brownlee Ashe is a Health/Physical Education Teacher at A.F. Herndon Elementary School of the Atlanta Public School System. Prior to this position, Ms. Ashe was a teacher with the Tuscaloosa City School System in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she taught Health and Physical Education to high school students. She served as the Coordinator of Physical Education Programs at Tuskegee University, Coordinator of Production Control at Honeywell Inc. in Minneapolis, West Fulton High School, Jessie Mae Jones Alternative School, and Usher Middle School. Ms. Ashe received a Bachelor of Science in History and Government from Alabama A&M University, Special Degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance from Stillman College, and Masters and EDS Degrees from the University of Alabama.

Adrienne B. Doanes is currently serving in the 9th Grade Small Learning Community as Lead Teacher at D. M. Therrell High School and instructor of Physical Science and Honors Biology. She served the Therrell Community as Teacher of the Year and was recognized as a Semifinalist for Atlanta Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Prior to this she served as Science Department Chairperson and has taught Principles of Technology and AP Biology.

Mrs. Doanes has served as an active participant with the Southern Regional Education Board as a presenter at their national conference and as a Model Teacher of Reading for Learning in the Content Areas. She also participated in the University of Georgia High-Performance School Teams Leadership Institute. She holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Biology from Hampton University, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Education at Touro University. Mrs. Doanes is married to Gregory Doanes of Atlanta, and they are the parents of four children, Ariane, Karina, Evan-Dimitri, and Joshua.

Dr. Jasmine Rosetta Gordon is a MASKIL Educator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of APS. Dr. Gordon has taught elementary, middle grades, high school, and college education both in the United States and in Jamaica. She has also worked as a school counselor for Morris Brown College Upward Bound and Decatur City Schools. Dr. Gordon is lead facilitator for the APS National Board Support Program for which she has written a curriculum guide and has taught numerous professional development classes. She is also a Lead facilitator for the Georgia Association of Educators National Board Support Program. Dr. Gordon serves as an Independent Consultant for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and is a certified NCLB Community Trainer. She initiated and currently directs an Action Research Project in a local elementary school. Dr. Gordon is actively involved with the Georgia Teacher Center that provides professional development for teachers at the state level. Dr. Gordon earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota; Master of Science Degree in Counseling from Clark Atlanta University; Supervisory Management Certification from the University of the West Indies; Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education form Western Carolina University; and Instructional Technology Certification from Atlanta Technical Institute. In November 2001, Dr. Gordon obtained the teaching profession’s highest credential—National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification, the symbol of teaching excellence.

Joycelyn McCulley is a 5th grade chairperson currently teaching Science and Social Studies at Beecher Hills Elementary School. Ms. McCulley represents APS as a Mathematics and Science Knowledge Inquiry Leadership teacher. She assists APS with building capacity using strategies in the areas of science and mathematics for administrators, colleagues, and teachers. She sponsors the National Junior Beta Club, the Georgia Council on Economic Education stock market club, the National Black Arts Festival African American Quiz Bowl teams within her school, the National Wildlife Federation Outdoor Classroom Project, and an award winning innovative technology club called Adventure Agents Technology Club. Ms. McCulley has participated in the Spencer Foundation On-Line Collegial Circle for teacher action research in the area of science with Spelman College. She has also participated in the development of curriculum for Afro-Latino American culture with Dr. Sheila Walker, a William and Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities at Spelman College. Ms. McCulley has co-presented at the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the Georgia Council for Mathematics Teachers (GCTM), and the Georgia Science Teacher Association (GSTA). She is also a member of the GSTA.

Essie McFarland is currently a Science instructor at West End Academy, where she has been teaching Science since 1979. She is also the Science coordinator for a middle and elementary school after-school program called NICEMS, funded by NASA. As coordinator, she researches suitable science hands-on activities and over-sees their implementation for the program, which services three middle schools. She has been a Georgia Tech GIFT Fellow for two years and is serving as an APS GIFT Facilitator this summer. Ms. McFarland holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry from Tuskegee University and an M.A.of Education from Central Michigan University.

Ernest Sessoms, Jr. is a 6th grade Science teacher at Sutton Middle School. For four years prior to that position, he was employed at W.M. Boyd Elementary School where he served as a 3rd grade, Non-Graded Transitional, and 5th grade teacher. Before moving to Atlanta, Ernest accepted his first teaching position in 1998 as a 6th grade Science and Mathematics teacher. He has conducted staff development on Brain-Based Learning as well as on Effective Use of Benchmarks. He also serves as the Debate Coach at Sutton Middle School. In May 1998, he completed his undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Ernest also earned a Master’s of Arts degree in the area of Adult Education from Central Michigan University in June of 2003.

Luana K. Slaughter is currently a Spanish/Mentor Teacher at Dunbar Elementary School. Prior to teaching Spanish, she served as a classroom teacher in the Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 4th grades. As a mentor teacher, she is responsible for collaborating with teachers to develop curriculum strategies and authentic assessments for benchmark testing. This past year, she received extensive training and became certified as a Mentor, Coach and Assessor from the International Center for Accelerative Learning (ICAL). This certification provides teachers with the tools to develop spiral and integrated lesson plans for all processing modalities and learning styles across all disciplines and grade levels. She is also a trainer for the PBS Ready to Learn Program and provides professional development for parents and teachers on how to incorporate educational media and technology in the classroom and at home. In addition to being a teacher for APS, she has taught in Dekalb County Schools and New York City Public Schools. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and Early Childhood Education from Spelman College, a Masters degree in Broadcast Journalism and Educational Media from the University of Missouri, and mostly recently earned her Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

D. Natalie Taylor-Shaw has been a Science teacher since 1987. She has taught Biology, Chemistry, and Earth Science, Environmental Science, Human Anatomy, and Physiology. Mrs. Shaw is currently a high school Science teacher, but has also served as a middle school science teacher and middle school science department liaison. Mrs. Shaw is a participant in the National Teachers Training Institute and APS’ Mathematics, Science and Technology Systemic Initiative. She has conducted workshops, participated in focus groups, and helped develop the science scope and sequence for high school biology. Mrs. Shaw is currently working on a project that involves collaborating with a team of Metropolitan Atlanta Science teachers to develop educational fieldtrips for students during the summer. Mrs. Shaw is the wife Marvin Shaw and the mother of three children, James, Jamelle, and Adrienne. Mrs. Shaw is a graduate of Indiana University, with a B.A. in Biology and A.S. in Chemistry. She has earned an M.S. in Science Education from Jacksonville State University and she has Administration and Leadership Certification from the University of Alabama. Mrs. Shaw is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Capella University.

As a teacher at Walter Francis White Elementary School,Dacia T. Upkins has regularly taken on many roles as a leader and a continuing learner. She is currently a third year participant of the Math and Science Knowledge Inquiry Leadership program through APS. She is also a cohort in the APS Middle Grades Math Endorsement. The Atlanta Systemic Initiative in APS has sent her to various parts of Georgia as well as out of state to conduct and attend various math and science workshops and seminars. Ms. Upkins chairs the math committee, science committee, and technology committee at White Elementary School. She is also the Student Council co-advisor and a member of the school Social Sciences committee. She has served as a mentor teacher to Clark Atlanta undergraduate students and instructed an InTech class for teachers from White and Towns Elementary Schools. She is also a candidate for National Board Certification in the Middle Childhood Generalist area. Ms. Upkins was raised in Killeen, Texas, where she graduated high school with high honors. She moved to Atlanta in 1996, where she earned her undergraduate degree in early childhood education (cum laude) at Clark Atlanta University in May of 2000 and began teaching fifth grade at White Elementary School in the summer of 2000.


Rita Bailey is currently a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of Atlanta Public Schools. Prior to this position, she taught math and science at John Hope Elementary School for fourteen years. In addition, she has presented science and mathematics workshops at local, state and national conferences. Rita attended the Move It Math Trainer’s Academy and was a member of the Atlanta Rainforest Project Expedition to Belize, Central America. She has been an Instructor for the Dr. Ronald F. McNair Space Camp and Lead Teacher for the Georgia Tech University Space Camp. She holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Physical and Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and the Master of Science degree in Counseling from Governor State University. Rita completed the Master in Education with an emphasis in Middle Childhood Education at Georgia State University where she also obtained her Specialist in Education certification. She completed certification in Educational Leadership at Clark Atlanta University.

Boon C. Boonyapat is a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative, where he works with math curriculum for Atlanta Public Schools (APS) high and non-traditional schools. He authored the APS Curriculum Guidelines and Learning Objectives for AP Physics A and served as the system-wide curriculum writing/textbook selection committee chairman for AP Physics, Physics, and Physical Science. From 1986 to 2000 he was a teacher and Department Chairman in the Science and Math Departments at Grady High School. From 2000 to 2002, he was an Instructional Liaison Specialist at Inman Middle School. In both positions, Boon integrated technology and hands-on activities into his lesson plans. Using “Physics of Flight,” part of an aviation program offered to an at-risk population, he was able to demonstrate the connection between learning math and science and “the real world.” He was the Teacher of the Year at Grady High School, the Atlanta Public Schools Teacher of the Year, and a Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalist for the 1997-1998 school year. Boon holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in Physics and minor in Mathematics from Ramkhamhang University in Bangkok, Thailand and a Master of Science with a major in Physics from Georgia State University.

Sharyn P. Briscoe is a Model Teacher Leader in Math and Science for the Atlanta Systemic Initiative (ASI) and School Reform Team (SRT) 3. Sharyn previously worked as a teacher at Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta. In her fourth and fifth grade classrooms, Sharyn has created child-centered, hands-on learning environments by infusing Discipline Based Arts Education (DBAE) and Core Knowledge reform efforts into the Quality Core Curriculum. She is currently the Mary Lin PTA Curriculum Chair and the Mary Lin Representative for the Council of In-town Neighborhood Schools (CINS) Board. She is a MASKIL/ESEP facilitator, trained to implement a variety of ESEP science kits. Before her work at Mary Lin Elementary, she taught first, third, and fourth grade at Whitefoord Elementary. Sharyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from Spelman College and a Master of Science in Social Foundations of Education from Georgia State University.

Yolonda Chaplin Brown is currently a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of Atlanta Public Schools. Most recently Yolonda was a middle grades science teacher. As a teacher, she planned and organized materials for hands-on and inquiry-based science instruction and developed and maintained an active learning environment, including collaborative learning strategies. In 2002, Yolanda presented “Atlanta Public Schools, a Story of Reform” for the National Association of Black Educators” and “Equity in the Science and Mathematic Classroom” for the SERVE Consortium Academy. In 2000, she presented a workshop entitled “Atlanta Systemic Initiative Inquiry Science” for science teachers at the Georgia Science Teachers Association Conference. Yolanda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Clemson University and Master of Education in Middle Grades Science and Mathematics from Mercer University in Atlanta.

Lorrie Green is currently a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of Atlanta Public Schools. Prior to this position, she was an Earth Science and pre-Algebra teacher at Jean Childs Young Middle School and before that, a Life Science teacher at Chute Middle School in Evanston, Illinois. In 1998, she was a middle school science kit facilitator for Atlanta Public Schools, and during the 1997-1998 school year she was Co-Host of PBA 30’s Mindbusters science program. Lorrie is also currently the PTA President at Oak Knoll Elementary School, a Certified Facilitator/Trainer for Project Learning Tree, and a MASKIL Leader Trainer/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative. Lorrie received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Masters of Public Administration from Clark Atlanta University. In 2000 she was certified by the Harvard University Leadership Institute and she is currently receiving certification as a University of Georgia Leadership Cohort.

Ernestine Hogan is currently a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of Atlanta Public Schools. She is also the Coordinator of the Science and Mathematics Summer Enrichment Academy (SMSEA), an Atlanta Public Schools/Spelman College Initiative. Prior to these positions, Ernestine was a Mathematics Instructor and Department Chair at Southside Comprehensive High School. She was the Star Teacher Award recipient in 1998-1997, 1996-1997 and 1993-1994 respectively. She received the coveted Excellence in Teaching Mathematics Award from the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She was named the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME) National Teacher of the Year and was twice nominated as Teacher of the Year (Area Finalist). She brings to the NTTI thirty-five years of experience as a Mathematics Educator. Ernestine holds the M.Ed. degree from Georgia State University and the B.A. degree in Mathematics from Spelman College. She completed Educational Leadership certification at Clark Atlanta University and is currently enrolled in the CAU/APS Fellowship Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.

Leontine W. Howard is currently a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of Atlanta Public Schools. Prior to joining ASI, Leontine had served as a seventh and fifth grade Teacher for Atlanta Public Schools since 1971. While she has conducted staff development workshops throughout the district, she has also presented professional development sessions at both the National Science Teachers Association’s national and regional conventions and for the Georgia Science Teachers Association. She has delivered the Elementary Science Education Partners’ science kit trainings and Elementary Science Seminars to teachers district-wide. She has also presented courses for the Middle Grades Endorsement in Mathematics. Leontine majored in Microbiology and minored in Chemistry at Smith College in Northampton, MA and received the Masters of Arts in Teaching at Emory University. She completed the Endorsement for Supervision at Clark-Atlanta University.

Kayren Bell Hughley is Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of Atlanta Public Schools (APS). She facilitates workshops for the Superintendent’s Extended Cabinet, principals, and other APS instructional staff and collaborates with teachers and other instructional personnel to develop curriculum and authentic assessment strategies in the classroom. Kayren also co-coordinated the professional development session for Math Science Knowledge Inquiry Leadership (MASKIL) teachers. Prior to this position, Kayren worked in professional development at APS and Emory School of Medicine, and before that she was an APS Science Knowledge Inquiry Leadership (SKIL) teacher for first grade, a paraprofessional/teacher, and substitute teacher for APS. Kayren received a Bachelor of Science from Emory University, a Master of Early Childhood Education from Mercer University, and Education Specialist degree in Education Administration & Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.

Arica Arnold-Johnson is currently a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative. Arica is involved in curriculum development in math and science and she is an instructor of professional development for classroom teachers. Prior to this position, she was a math, science, and technology specialist at Centennial Elementary School in Atlanta, and before that, a classroom teacher at Campbell Elementary School in Atlanta. At Campbell Elementary School, Arica was a Leadership Team Member, the After-School Director of Minds-on Multiplication, part of the Advisory Council, Reflections Chairperson of the PTA, a mentor, a member of the Service Learning Club, and a grant writer. Arica gave a presentation entitled “The Magical World of Meters and Centimeters” at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in 2001. She has also given several state and local presentations focused on math and science education. Arica received a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Clark Atlanta University, with a minor in Fine Arts, and a Master of Arts in Middle Grades Education. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision at Clark Atlanta University.

Millicent G. McCaskill is currently a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of Atlanta Public schools where she evaluates curriculum implementation and staff performance, as well as assists in the development of science and math goals for the school improvement plan. Prior to this position, Millicent was a math and science teacher at Inman Middle School, Usher Middle School, Grady High School, and West Fulton High School, and a high school and middle grades math teacher for a number of years before that. Millicent was also a geologist and geophysicist for ten years before she began teaching. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Virginia State College, a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Virginia State University, and a Master of Education in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Mathematics from the State University of West Georgia. Millicent earned her EDS Degree from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Elementary and Secondary Administration from Capella University.

Willie Mae McLeod is currently a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of Atlanta Public Schools. She most recently taught Physics at Benjamin E. Mays High School. She was also a physics, chemistry, and physical science teacher at C.L. Harper High School. Willie Mae’s experiences include serving as Liaison Teacher/Program Assistant for enrichment programs at the Atlanta University Center. She was Program Assistant/Chemistry Teacher for Enrichment High School Summer Programs at Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse Pre-Med Summer Programs, in addition to teaching Science in CAU’s Saturday Science Academy and Science Trainer and Consultant for the Black Church & Black College Project. The three-term president of the District V Georgia Science Teachers Association has received a number of grants for computer technology, and interactive Physics equipment. Willie Mae received APS Debate Coach of the Year and the Region VII AAAA Debate Tournament Champion Coach two consecutive years. In 1997, she served as panelist for the NEA National Convention on High Standards in Science Education. Willie Mae earned her Master of Arts degree at Clark Atlanta University and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology from South Carolina State University.

Andrea Smith-Pearson is currently a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of Atlanta Public Schools. Prior to this position, she taught Algebra and Pre-Algebra at Price Middle School. Andrea has recently been selected to represent Atlanta Public Schools on the State Quality Core Curriculum revision team for mathematics. In addition to her classroom experience, Andrea has served as a television host and pioneer instructor for Public Broadcasting Atlanta’s “Mindbusters,” a program developed in connection with Atlanta Public School’s Homework Hotline. Andrea also has had the pleasure of serving as an Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University. She was an Instructor for middle school pre-service students with/without mathematics as a first concentration. She holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Spelman College and a Masters in Mathematics Education from Clark Atlanta University. Andrea completed certification requirements for Educational Leadership at the State University of West Georgia and has participated in Harvard University’s Summer Leadership Academy.

Rosa L. Roberts is currently a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of Atlanta Public Schools. She concurrently served as a Mathematics Teacher at Booker T. Washington Comprehensive High School and at Washington’s Community/Evening High School. Prior to these positions, she taught Mathematics and Computer Science at the Phoenix School of Achievement in Albany for eleven years. In addition she was the department chairperson and served as administrator of the PLATO computer lab, coached the middle school MATHCounts Competition team and served as the SECME coordinator. Rosa has a wealth of experience in conducting mathematics, science, and technology related workshops, coordinating mathematics and science competitions, preparing students for the mathematics portion of the SAT, and in providing assistance to students in need of remediation. She has served on several education committees and boards, including the Board of Directors for Girls, Inc. and Advisor to ACTEENS of Albany. She was named Booker T. Washington High School Stellar Teacher, the Phoenix School of Achievement Teacher of the Year, and received the Junior Women’s Club Grant for Innovative Teachers. She was local president of the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity for Educators for three years. Rosa obtained the Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Education at Albany State College. She has also completed requirements for the Education Specialist certification at Columbus State University.

Will Todd, Jr. is currently a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of Atlanta Public Schools. Prior to this position, Will was a math teacher at Grady and Douglass High Schools, where he also assisted students with test taking strategies for the SAT and ACT and coordinated the Saturday and after-school tutorial for the Math Department. Will was in the U.S. Army Reserves as a legal/administrative NCO for six years and also spent a summer as a laboratory technician at the Institute of Paper Science & Technology in Atlanta as a GIFT Fellow. In addition to working with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative, Will is a part-time Math Instructor at Atlanta Technical College where he teaches general math and algebra courses to technical students and counsels and advises students about career options and course selections. He received a Bachelor of Science Education in Secondary Mathematics Education from Alabama A&M University, a Master of Education in Mathematics Education from Georgia State University, a Specialist in Education in Educational Administration from Troy State University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy from the University of Alabama at Gadsden.

Jacqueline Hunter Townsend is a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative. She develops model lesson plans, provides support for and conducts professional development programs for classroom teachers. Jacqueline began teaching science in Maryland in 1966. She has served in a number of schools and systems, including several schools in Maryland and Frederick Douglass High School and George W. Carver Comprehensive High School in Atlanta. As a biology teacher at George W. Carver Comprehensive High School, Jacqueline wrote the Ecology Curriculum and assisted in writing the curriculum for a Five Year Study in Mathematics and Science for the Atlanta Systemic Initiative. She conducted staff development workshops and seminars and demonstrated lessons on interactive teaching and integration of technology in the classroom as well as diversity in teaching strategies. Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Spelman College, a Master of Science Education in Biology from Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland, a Certification in Administration and Supervision from Loyola College in Towson, Maryland, a Certification of Leadership and Supervision from Georgia State University, and is currently working on a Ph.D from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

J. Aminata Umoja is a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator in the Atlanta Systemic Initiative, where she works with curriculum in math and science and coordinates professional development programs for Atlanta Public School teachers. As a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator, she co-coordinated the Math Science Knowledge Inquiry Leadership (MASKIL) Institute, a week-long professional development session that trained approximately 150 teachers, K-12, and chaired the MASKIL Planning Committee, training teachers each month on differentiated instruction, systemic change, and personal action plans. During her 19 years of classroom experience, teaching third through sixth grade, Aminata organized an anti drug program, wrote and was awarded several Council of Intown Neighborhood Schools (CINS) Grants, and was awarded Teacher of the Year at East Lake Elementary School and C.W. Hill Elementary School. Aminata holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Liberal Studies and a Master of Arts in Education from Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

Olivia Waller-Hall is currently a Model Teacher Leader for the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of Atlanta Public Schools. Hall’s teaching experience includes providing inquiry-based science lessons for fifth grade students utilizing the Georgia Quality Core Curriculum, hands-on science experiments for third, fourth, and fifth grade students working as a science resource teacher, developmentally appropriate educational experiences for the classroom to first grade in a S.I.A. (Special Instructional Assistance) classroom; and educational experiences for five year olds in a preschool environment. Her professional development experience has focused on facilitating inquiry science workshops for ESEP and MASKIL. She has proficiently trained classroom teachers in integrating physical science kits into the science curriculum, and trained college students from Clark Atlanta University and Emory University to become classroom science partners in the ESEP Program. She has presented workshops on science learning centers for national and regional conventions on kitchen chemistry. Hall received the Educational Specialist and Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education credentials from Emory University. She obtained the Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education at Oakwood College and the Supervision Endorsement from Clark Atlanta University.

Pauline B. Washington is currently a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of Atlanta Public Schools. Prior to this position, Pauline taught AP Biology and Honors Biology at Southside High School, as well as served as the Science Department Chair and Science and Beta Club Sponsor. She has served as Lead Teacher for the Centers for Disease Control’s Star Laboratory, and for ten years, was a Science Teacher for CAU’s Upward Bound Program. Pauline was twice selected as Fulton High School’s Teacher of the Year, named Outstanding Teacher by Clark Atlanta University’s Upward Bound Program, and received the APS Academic Incentive Award for Distinguished Teaching Performance in Science Education. Pauline received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Alabama A & M University, a Master of Science in Biology at Atlanta University, and an Education Specialist degree in Science Education from Clark Atlanta University. Truly a life-long learner, she has done further study in biological sciences at over sixteen major colleges and universities, most recently spending three consecutive summers as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton University studying the “Human Impact on the Environment” and “Genetics, Genonics and Genethics.”

Esther Weems is currently a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative of Atlanta Public Schools. Prior to this position, she was a classroom teacher in grades 1-5 for 22 years. As a teacher, Esther facilitated and chaired staff and professional development workshops. She also continued to learn new strategies and techniques for teaching by attending educational conferences, workshops, and sessions. She successfully provided hands-on learning experiences and integrated technology into her lessons, for example, guiding students to research insects on the internet, creating a PowerPoint presentation, and constructing models of the insects. As a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator, she facilitates professional development training sessions for classroom teachers as well as assists teachers with math and science teaching strategies and techniques. Esther is a National Board Certified Teacher, and as such, she has tremendous impact in and beyond the classroom. She collaborates with other National Board Certified Teachers, recruits new candidates, and empowers teachers to make a significant change in a student’s life. Esther earned her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Western Kentucky University.

Bettye Howard-Whitfield is a Model Teacher Leader/Facilitator with the Atlanta Systemic Initiative. She has worked with Prep Students at Atlanta Area Tech and was a Part-time Mathematics Instructor at Morris Brown College, where she taught Mathematics and Computer Technology in the Upward Bound Program. She was a Mathematics Teacher at Samuel Howard Archer and later with Harper Archer. She was named Teacher of the Year at Harper Archer and selected for Who-s Who Among Teachers in 2000 and 2001. She was elected Atlanta Public Schools Mathematics Incentive Teacher and was also a Mentor Teacher. During her twenty-eight years of teaching, Bettye has taught in Roberta, Georgia at Crawford County Middle School and Crawford County High School for eight years, where she was selected Teacher of the Year. Crawford County Middle School dedicated the yearbook was to Bettye for her work with the students and school system. Bettye taught two years at Peach County High School and was a Mathematics Instructor at Fort Valley State College. In addition, Bettye taught Community Evening School at Archer, Washington and Crim High schools, and was a mathematics teacher for Homework Hotline. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Secondary Education from Morris Brown College, a Masters in Guidance and Counseling and in Mathematics from FVSC. Bettye has Certifications in Leadership, Adult Education, Data Collection and Teacher Mentor Specialist. She is working on a PHD in Education with a concentration in Teaching and Learning from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.