Shelby Steinhauer is Fulton’s Top Teacher Page 18
Old Sautee Store is hidden gem in Georgia mountains Page 6
Get a fabulous face in record time Page 24
Taking a Hit
The alarming rise in kids’ concussions Page 16
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teacher at Milton High School, is pictured among the school’s signature front columns during a recent photo shoot. Steinhauer was named the 2011 Teacher of the Year for the Fulton County School System, and is among the select group vying for the honor of Georgia Teacher of the Year. Her classroom is as whimsical as she is, with French mementos adding to her students’ learning experience.
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DEVON MORGAN/PHOTOSYNTHESIS STUDIO
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August brings with it several themes
is exactly the type of teacher you want
that signal a new beginning. While spring
in front of every classroom – energetic,
is traditionally the season of change, I’ve
enthusiastic and in love with her job as a
always looked to August to mark the
teacher. There’s a reason her peers, and
passage of time. The long, lazy days of
ultimately the school system, selected her
summer bump headlong into August, and
as the best of the best – and you’ll discover
another school year is right around the
why when you read her story. Back to school also means “the boys
corner. I’ve always wondered who it’s harder
of fall” have returned to the football field.
on – the kid who has to move his bedtime
But before your child puts on a helmet,
up several hours…or the parent who has to
every parent should be aware of the rising
face the child who has not seen the sun
risk of concussions. We’ve listed the signs of
rise since May?
concussion, and what you can look for if
I can’t help you with the sleepy kid (I’ve
DEVON MORGAN/PHOTOSYNTHESIS STUDIO
Devon Morgan opened PhotoSynthesis Studio in 2004 after graduating with a degree in photojournalism from the University of Georgia. To complement the documentary style she learned in school, Morgan studied with several local photographers to master the subtle nuances of fine art portraiture, giving her clients a cohesive blend of natural emotion and beautiful lighting. She lives in Peachtree Corners with her St. Bernard, Stella. See her work at www.PhotoSynthesisAtlanta.com.
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your child takes a hard hit.
got one of my own!), but I can help you
Also included within the pages of this
ease into the transition from summertime to
month’s Northside Woman are other helpful
school time. This is the fourth year Northside
tips including “The Five Minute Face” to get
Woman has dedicated the August edition
you out the door in record time and recipes
to education, and we’ve packed these
for school lunches and after-school snacks
pages full of helpful ideas and interesting
that are quick – and healthy! Happy reading – and we hope you’ll
features. I loved meeting Shelby Steinhauer, the
find ideas within these pages that will help
subject of our Shero feature and the Fulton
make the transition from summer to school
County Teacher of the Year for 2011. She
a bit smoother.
Are you a writer, photographer or artist, or just have something to share with us?
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Photos by KATIE VANBRACKLE/STAFF
Left: Marguerite Wilder hands out free samples of creamy Swedish farmer’s cheese, a popular imported specialty at the Old Sautee Store. Right: Market manager Lisa Petkas (left) and owners Galen and Jean Greene enjoy preserving a little piece of Georgia history at the Old Sautee Store.
goodeats Old Sautee Store a hidden treat in the foothills Georgia landmark offers unique dining, shopping and historic experience not want to miss.
Sautee Store. In continuous operation
exquisite amber jewelry from the
Just a few miles southeast of
since 1872, this picturesque Georgia
Baltic Sea, both of which remain
Helen, Highway 17 twists and turns
landmark offers a unique shopping,
popular sellers today.
A day trip to the Appalachian
through the lovely pastoral valleys of
dining and historic experience.
foothills of Northeast Georgia is a
Sautee and Nacoochee, following
The front room of the general
fun way to beat the heat and enjoy
what was once the Unicoi Trail of the
store looks just as it did around the turn
grass roof, in 1968.
beautiful scenery. Tubing on the
Cherokee Nation. The road has always
of the century, when it also served as
shipped from Norway in pieces and
Chattahoochee River, hiking to Anna
been used as a trading route, and
the local post office. The shelves are
reassembled next to the Old Sautee
today it leads travelers to the Old
still lined with ointments and tonics
Store. Today, it serves as a small
(for anything that
market and eatery where fresh deli
ails you), and a
sandwiches and paninis, breakfast
fare and baked goods are sold along
with hand-dipped ice cream and
By KATIE VANBRACKLE
Ruby Falls or strolling through Alpine Helen are popular choices for tourists, but there is another
gem nearby you’ll
Old Sautee Store 2315 GA Hwy 17, Sautee, Ga. 706.878-2281 sauteestore.com
Freed also imported a charming
The Old Sautee Store has been in continuous operation since 1872.
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The cabin was
Six types of bread are baked on
the premises each morning along
Wilder jokes that the front room is
with croissants, bagels, cookies and
like “Antiques Roadshow on steroids”
pastries. The freshly baked loaves are
and recalls the time she discovered
sliced fresh for each sandwich and
a drawer full of one, two and three-
piled high with top-quality meats,
cent stamps and a letter outlining
fresh local produce and, of course,
postal regulations from the Postmaster
Swedish farmer’s cheese.
General, dated 1895.
Norwegian log cabin, complete with
On sunny days, tables full of locals
The back rooms of the store
and travelers dine on the market’s
are more modern and reflect the
shady patio, while kids play with giant
Norwegian heritage of Astrid Freed,
bubble wands and butterflies dance
a previous owner of the Old Sautee
Store. Forty years ago, Freed began
surrounding the property.
importing Scandinavian wares such as Swedish farmer’s cheese and
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todo Home-grown art straight from the heart Take some time this month to explore the thriving southern folk art scene By KATIE VANBRACKLE
firstname.lastname@example.org What is folk art? A colorful fish with bottle-cap scales. A scowling face on the side of a glazed pottery jug. A black and white cow whimsically painted on a salvaged wooden door. To sum it up: anything and everything. Folk art is sometimes called “outsider art” because the artists are self-taught, normal folks who feel compelled
FOLK FEST August 19-21
North Atlanta Trade Center 1700 Jeurgens Court Norcross, GA 30093 slotinfolkart.com Galerie Matilda 959 Canton Street Roswell, GA 30075 galeriematilda.com Matilda’s Cottage 377 South Main Street Alpharetta, GA 30909 matildascottage.com
to do so. Their creative juices
from the heart without the rules and restraints of formal art training. Folk artists can turn the
old Georgia clay) into incredible works of art. Those
willing to step out of the and
unbridled creativity of simple folk will love an Part of “Love Signs” by Mike Darras
event being held in north Atlanta this month.
Folk Fest, the 18th Annual “World’s Greatest Folk Art Show and Sale” fills 85,000 square feet of the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross with a colorful wonderland of paintings, pottery and sculptures. Hundreds of artists mingle with over 12,000 visitors who come for the largest folk art show in the world. The artists themselves are often just as colorful as their art and many will gladly chat with you at Folk Fest and personally sign your chosen piece, giving you a special memory to take home with your artwork.
Top: Barbara Olsen, a self-taught artist from Canton, poses with her piece entitled “Designer.” Bottom Left: Mary Jane Potter, owner of Galerie Matilda and Matilda’s Cottage. Bottom Right: Galerie Matilda opened on Canton Street in Roswell in March.
If you are unable to attend Folk Fest, you can still
passionate about southern folk art after meeting
enjoy and purchase original southern folk art pieces
north Georgia potter Lanier Meaders, whose face
at Matilda’s Cottage in Alpharetta and the newly
jugs are now on display in the
opened Galerie Matilda in Roswell. Both are owned
“Folk art is
made with true creative
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folk art while working as an interior decorator.
passion,” Slotin said. “It’s
“Anyone can decorate with southern folk art,”
raw, expressive, unconventional,
Potter said. “The pieces are full of charm, character
non-conforming, “Rainbow Trout” by Harry Gottleib
by Mary Jane Potter who became captivated by
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Ruling the school
economics, followed by a master’s degree in teaching, from Emory University. She earned her doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University.
Northwestern Middle School Jasmine Kullar, Ph.D.
Female principals fill open positions at several area schools By CANDY WAYLOCK
University, where she also received her master’s
and bachelor’s degrees in English.
With the retirements of several long-serving principals in the Fulton County School System this year, several women were elevated into the top leadership positions at many area schools. Of the 93 traditional schools in Fulton County, 56 now have women as principals. Corporate America, are you listening? Here are the most recent hires into the principal’s office.
Elkins Pointe Middle School Melinda Springman Formerly a Teacher of the Year at Elkins Pointe Middle School, Melinda Springman has returned to become the school’s new principal. She was tapped to lead Roswell High School this year.
Springman joined the Elkins Pointe staff as a
recognizes she has not only big
teacher when it opened in 2001 and later became
shoes to fill, but often empty
chair of the language arts department. In 2005, she
ones, as well. In a school that
moved to Holcomb Bridge Middle School, where
has been open less than a
she has spent the past six years as an assistant
decade, Kersey becomes the
principal. She also taught at Northwestern Middle
fifth principal to lead the high-
School and is a graduate of the inaugural class of
performing high school of nearly 2,000 students.
the district’s Promising Principals Program.
Last year, she was the assistant principal at the
Springman holds a bachelor’s degree in
school -- a position she held for only a year before
English, with a minor in secondary education, and a
being appointed to fill the vacancy created by the
master’s degree in education. Both were received
resignation of former principal Gene Dunn in May.
from the University of Florida.
While she may be a relative newcomer to the Fulton County School System, she and her family have lived in the community for more than 10 years. Prior to coming to Fulton Schools, Kersey held teaching and leadership positions in Clayton and Gwinnett counties, as well as in Decatur City Schools. She served as a coordinator of teacher development in Gwinnett and as a director of instructional services in the Decatur school system. “This school year, the priorities I have set for Alpharetta High School include honoring and ensuring teacher quality, cultivating a professional learning community and maintaining a focus on procedures that are consistently implemented so we can focus on instruction and increased student learning,” said Kersey. As a curriculum assistant principal at Alpharetta High, Kersey worked collaboratively with teachers to implement common assessments and make instructional adjustments to prepare students for End-of-Course Tests and other standardized tests. Kersey is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational policy studies at Georgia State
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School. Last year, she served as an assistant principal of Birmingham Falls Elementary School. Kullar began her career in Ontario, Canada, as a YMCA youth counselor, before becoming a middle school teacher. She joined Fulton County Schools in 2005 as a math teacher at Holcomb Bridge Middle School. She later served as a graduation coach at Centennial High School and as an assistant principal at Roswell High School. Kullar said she is looking forward to returning to the middle school setting. “As a middle school teacher, I taught math, science, language arts, social studies and physical and health education. Needless to say, after having taught just about everything in middle school, I am thrilled at the opportunity to return to my roots,” said Kullar. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto as well as a bachelor’s degree in education from Medaille College in New York. She also earned a master’s degree in education
doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University.
Webb Bridge Middle School Susan Opferman
Susan Opferman will be
International Charter School in
from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a
Hopewell Middle School Lenora Patterson, Ph.D. principal
the short trek down the street to become the new principal
succeeds Jerome Huff, who
Alpharetta High School Shannon Kersey
Jasmine Kullar will make
only the second principal to
lead Webb Bridge Middle
Patterson moves to Hopewell
School in the school’s 16-year
Middle School this summer as its new principal. She
began her career in DeKalb County as a middle school math teacher and also has taught reading and math at the elementary level. As a curriculum assistant principal at Riverwood, Patterson oversaw instructional delivery of the math, science, career technology, visual and performing arts and physical education departments. She also developed “Riverwood PUSH,” a program that identifies and recruits high-achieving minority students for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes. Patterson earned a bachelor’s degree in
She succeeds Elizabeth Fogartie, who led the school from its opening in 1996 until her retirement in May. Webb Bridge will be Opferman’s first school in Fulton County, having spent the past 23 years in the Gwinnett County School System. She taught at elementary and middle schools in Gwinnett County before joining the administrative team at Creekland Middle School in Lawrenceville as an assistant principal.
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Eats: Old Sautee Store a hidden treat in the foothills Continued from Page 6 Current owners Galen and Jean Greene moved from Marietta to Sautee after their kids left home for college and purchased the Old Sautee Store in 2003. They enjoy carrying on the proud heritage of the store and preserving a little piece of local history. “We’ll see 60-year-olds walk in the store with their grandchildren, telling them ‘I remember coming here with my grandfather when I was your age,’” said Galen. “There aren’t many places where that happens anymore.” In addition to creating the market, the Greenes added more retail space and new merchandise to the general store, making it a great place to shop for trendy gifts, regional cookbooks and stylish apparel. The
son and daughter joined the family business
Above: An imported Norwegian cottage complete with grass roof serves as the charming Old Sautee Market next to the Old Sautee Store. Left: A bakery on the premises produces six types of fresh bread daily, which are used along with local produce and Swedish farmer’s cheese for sandwiches such as this Classic Club.
the market cabin, the Greene House also sports a
front porch of the general store. Whether you play
the opening of the
sod roof. Bradley Greene and Erin Meadows (yes,
a game of checkers or just gaze out at the rolling
that’s Greene/Meadows) sell seasonal plants and
green hills surrounding the lovely Sautee Valley,
cut flowers as well as garden gifts and accessories.
you’ll soak up a charming little piece of Georgia
and garden shop.
After you’ve enjoyed lunch and shopping,
Located just behind
take a moment to sit in a wooden rocker on the
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herstyle Fashion transition from high school to college By MARIA WALDEN SULLIVAN
get some comfy clothes to lounge around it.
interesting if you dress differently.
When in doubt, leave it home. Youâ€™ll think
College provides the opportunity to start off
I am often asked about differences between
you need everything; however, space is limited
with a clean slate, create a new image and re-
college fashion and high school fashion trends.
(especially in the dorm). If you need it later, have it
create yourself. So what if you were a tomboy in
Recognizing the differences isnâ€™t that difficult. In
shipped to you.
high school? If you always wanted to be more chic,
some ways, there are similarities, but in other ways,
Buy new things that represent the new you.
now is your chance. And if you were the one who
they are miles apart! Before you go shopping, letâ€™s
No need to spend a lot of money, however, be
always wore designer duds, channel your inner
talk about how to bring your high school wardrobe
selective and buy a few new things that get you
hippie chick and let your hair down.
excited for your new adventure in life.
Know what to throw. Some of the pieces to leave behind are your high school T-shirts and sweatshirts. If you do decide to bring them, donâ€™t wear them outside of your room. Time to move on, girls!
Now, letâ€™s discuss the reality of college fashionâ€Ś The main difference between fashion in high school and fashion in college is that no one is telling you what to do anymore! The freedom that comes
that are the most â€œyouâ€? â€“ the clothes and accessories
with college allows you to really begin finding out
that are always a â€œgo-toâ€? for your uniqueness. Stand
who you are. From there, you can develop your
out in the new crowd with your own look.
own unique style.
the number one thing you wear in college.
College frees you to be yourself without judgment -- unlike in high school where girls tend
Invest in comfy dorm wear. This is especially
to be â€œcliqueyâ€? and trends are often set by others.
important if youâ€™re living on campus. You spend
No one really judges you based on what you wear
tons of time in your dorm studying (we hope!), so
in college. More than likely, theyâ€™ll think youâ€™re
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