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Congratulations to Eileen Fortner !!


Dr. Robert Barron presented The Extra Mile Award to Eileen Fortner, Special Education Teacher (Self-Contained EBD) at Cornelia Elementary School.  Amy McCurdy made the nomination and in her nomination states:

Ms. Fortner has shown herself to be an outstanding teacher on a daily basis at Cornelia Elementary School. Beyond her daily duties as a special education teacher providing services in the self-contained setting, Ms. Fortner goes the extra mile by providing our general education teachers with behavioral support for their classrooms. She has worked with grade level teachers to develop effective behavioral interventions to help individual students improve their classroom behaviors. She has provided both advisory support as well as material support allowing teachers to address chronic disruptive behaviors in their classrooms. She is an active member of the Cornelia Elementary behavior team providing broad support in addition to the direct assistance for specific teachers. She maintains a professional demeanor and remains calm in what can only be described as exceptionally challenging situations where students are displaying severe behaviors. This calm demeanor was recently tested when Ms. Fortner successfully applied the Heimlich maneuver during class when her paraprofessional began choking and was unable to breath and saving her life She has recently volunteered to help establish class rules and procedures for the new 4th/5th grade behavioral classroom at Hazel Grove Elementary.  When called upon to go the extra mile Ms. Fortner always rises to the occasion to ensure that our students receive the best possible support. Always going the extra mile requires Ms. Fortner to put in the extra time and effort to stay on top of her regular caseload. Ms. Fortner is here at her assigned reporting time without fail and is nearly always the last teacher to leave the building at night. For Ms. Fortner the extra mile is just another waypoint in her daily educational marathon. 

Ms. Fortner received a framed certificate of recognition and a gift certificate to Zaxbys


Congratulations to Karla Paramo!!

Russ Nelson presented the Clarkesville Rotary Club Service Above Self Award to Karla Paramo, Parent Engagement Coordinator at Level Grove Elementary School.  Darlene Hudson and Michelle Blackburn made the nomination and in their nomination state:      

Karla consistently demonstrates a “Can Do” attitude about whatever needs to be done to help our parents and students succeed! While our counselor has been on maternity leave, Karla not only continued her Parent Engagement Coordinator duties and responsibilities, but also stepped up to coordinate and distribute the Thanksgiving meals to our families in need. Karla has also coordinated the Christmas programs such as Toys to Kids and pairing up families in need with various church and community groups. She has contacted numerous parents and assisted them in completing the forms to ensure their children participate. Karla is an amazing liaison between the families and school and believes that every child succeeds when we all partner together. She also assists our PTO with Santa Shop by wrapping gifts, talking with parents who need an interpreter, and helping the children shop for their families’ gifts.  We are thankful for Karla and her vision for uniting parents, students, and the school! 

Ms. Paramo received a framed certificate of recognition from the Clarkesville Rotary Club and a gift certificate to Midtown Grill. 











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