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4 President’s Letter 5 KNOW How To: Access MyDeals App www.gae.org | 3 Want to save some serious $$$$? We’ve got an App for that. Take a look at the incredibly cool on-the-go mobile App from ACCESS. It connects the best deals and savings straight to your smartphone. Save money wherever you roam! CONTENTS FALL 2015 Volume 13 Issue 3 FALL 2015 Volume 13 Issue 3 Sid Chapman president Charlotte Booker vice-president Lisa Morgan secretary/treasurer Chris Baumann executive director Mike McGonigle interim director of government relations and communications Herby Agnew editor Kevin Pearson public relations Postmaster ISSN:1543-8724 KNOW is published quarterly as a service to all members of the Georgia Association of Educators, 100 Crescent Centre Parkway, Suite 500, Tucker, GA 30084, 678-837-1100 or toll-free 1-800-282-7142, know@gae.org. Periodicals’ postage paid at Tucker, Georgia and additional mailing offices. Postmaster! Please send changes to: GAE, 100 Crescent Centre Parkway, Suite 500, Tucker, GA 30084-7050. Advertisers Advertising contents should be addressed to the Editor. Advertising rates are available upon request. Advertising is printed as a service to readers and publication does not imply Association endorsement. The Association reserves the right to refuse any advertising. 5 KNOW & TELL From fellow GAE members being recognized for excellence in teaching to helpful tips on sprucing up the classroom for fall, read the latest news worth sharing 8 HOW LKES CAN DRIP TOWARDS SUCCESS: Why I think Georgia’s evaluation system of educators is a step in the right direction… Is there any hope for education leaders being evaluated by LKES? Find out from one GAE member and assistant principal how LKES can prove successful if school districts commit to working through the process 12 CALLED TO THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE – CALLED TO LEAD Sitting at the helm of the high school where she began her teaching career, Principal Pamela Benford is committed to keeping “the main thing, the main thing!” Find out how this chemistry teacher turned school administrator is dedicated in helping her students beat the odds 14 THE BURDEN OF LEADERSHIP: STANDING STRONG WHEN FACING ADVERSITY After enduring months of public scrutiny brought on by false allegations, Bartow County Superintendent John Harper was vindicated of any wrongdoing. Read his story and how GAE helped him navigate an arduous legal journey 16 LEGAL VICTORIES Read up on how one GAE member was found innocent in a supposed cheating scandal 18 GAE-RETIRED Keep up with what the retired educators of GAE are doing for public education and find out how you can continue making a difference for the education profession even in retirement 20 WHEN LILY CAME TO GEORGIA… Check out some highlights from NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia’s visit to Georgia as she made stops in Atlanta and Savannah on her 2015 Back to School Tour 21 ELECTION Ready to answer the call and make a difference for all GAE members? Checkout the election section and nominate yourself or someone who you feel will continue to stand up for public educators


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