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Help with math project? Check. Get the kids to rehearsal on time? Check. Review homework? Check. With school underway, there are basic tasks that need to be completed. And as the parent, it’s your responsibility to make sure that everything gets done. But sometimes, things fall through the cracks and you just can’t possibly do it all. That’s when standout teachers from our neighborhood schools like the five we’re featuring in this issue come into play. We asked and you answered. And thanks to your top teacher nominations, we can see why

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We salute those making a difference in our community. From providing an extra word of encouragement to sparking the imagination, our neighborhood kids are pushed to new heights thanks to magnificent mentors like these! If your favorite teacher wasn’t highlighted in this issue, share more about him or her on our @MySandySprings Facebook page. We’d love to hear how this person is influencing your child’s life.

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And as always, if there are other people, places, and events happening here in the ’hood that you want to share, email me at: editor@atlantabestmedia.com.

Laura Janelle Downey, Managing Editor

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with your honey and craft your own bottle to share during a winemaking class at Beer & Wine Craft. 220 Sandy Springs Cir. BeerAndWineCraft.biz  Every Monday at 7pm, you’ll have a chance to bond with your babe over wistful romances while discussing movie classics with fellow film buffs from the  Lefont Film Society. 5920 Roswell Rd. NE. LefontTheaters.com 

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Fuego Mundo serves flavorful Latin American fare. On Saturday nights, listen to live music with your love. 5590 Roswell Rd. FuegoMundo.com

Fall meets fitness at the first annual Fall Fun Health Fest hosted by the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber, Health & Well-Being Council. On Oct. 14, hear interviews with health and wellness professionals, visit vendor booths, and check out a kids’ section that encourages active lifestyles. 7770 Roswell Rd. FallFunHealthFest.com

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At Sloan Home, you’ll find masterpieces from local artists like Anne Coen Needham on display. The Art Sandy Springs member is a self-taught artist who specializes in portraits and expressionistic paintings with an eye for color, proportion, and design. 3802 Roswell Rd. NE.  Facebook.com/SloanHomeAtlanta

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What better décor piece to display than one you made? Along with needlepoint supplies, The Nimble Needle also offers classes and monthly clubs to make ornaments, wreaths and other decorative items. Cool idea? Embroider a pink ribbon on a blanket for a breast cancer survivor to show you care. 214 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE. AtlantaNimbleNeedle.com

Love watching a breathtaking sunrise while sipping your coffee? PowerView Motorization by Hunter Douglas can program blinds to open at a desired angle at a specific time. Available at Georgia Blinds & Interiors, the system can connect to home automation tools such as Nest, Alexa, and Control4. 2220 Sandy Springs Cir. GaBlinds.com 

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spouse or the kids buy anything, ask yourselves if it is needed and where it will “live.” Local pro Leslie Walden says, “Hold off purchasing until you know.” The owner of It’s Time To Get Organized, LLC has been helping people in the ’hood for nearly 15 years. ItsTimeToGetOrganized.com

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Every Wednesday, the nonprofit TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation offers its breast cancer patients and survivors a Pilates class led by Lauren Bober, MPT, PT, CES. 8010 Roswell Rd. MyTurningPoint.org

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2. The whimsical menu at Battle & Brew is inspired by classic pastimes and memorable movies. Dig into Yoshi’s Egg, with soy mirin broth, sesame, and a sushi rice cake while playing computer, console, or tabletop games at this one-ofa-kind spot. 5920 Roswell Rd. BattleAndBrew.com 3. The spicy fried fowl from Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is served piping hot! Order up a plate of crispy drumsticks and wings, pile on some comfort food sides like baked beans and macaroni and cheese, and sit a spell. 6518 Roswell Rd. GusFriedChicken.com 4. JINYA Ramen Bar isn’t serving up prepackaged grocery store noodles. Taste an authentic bowl of the restaurant’s Sprouting Up Ramen, which is packed with pork chashu, kikurage mushrooms, spicy bean sprouts, half of a seasoned egg, crispy brussels sprouts, ginger, and noodles—of course! 5975 Roswell Rd. Jinya-RamenBar.com 5. The motto of SoHo Café and Bakery may as well be “three is better than one.” Not only does the establishment have three chefs, it also offers three hearty options (beef short rib, cured pork belly, corned beef) to add to your eggs and hash plate. 334 Sandy Springs Cir. NE. SohoCafeBakery.com  my

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Chastain Park Amphitheatre 7:30pm Prices vary Jam out to tunes like “Always on My Mind” with this classic country legend. Chastain.ParkAmphitheatre.com

7770 Roswell Rd. 1-4pm Free Sit back and learn or jump in and participate with local wellness professionals and fitness gurus. FallFunHealthFest.com

Soulful Yoga & SUP 280 Hammond Dr. 1-2:30pm $400 per mother-daughter pair This six-week course connects young ladies (ages 9-13) and their moms. Weekly activities consist of journaling, and more. Tinyurl.com/MomAndDaughterYoga

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Fall Open House and Native Plant Sale Blue Heron Nature Preserve 9am-2pm Free Witness the grand opening of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography exhibit and the kickoff of the Blueway Trail initiative. BHNP.org

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NOV. 3-18 “Into the Woods” Act3 Playhouse 6285 Roswell Rd. NE. Times and prices vary Cherish one of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s most popular musicals, which intertwines characters from “Cinderella,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel,” and “Little Red Riding Hood.” Act3Productions.org

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Meehan’s Public House 227 Sandy Springs Pl. NE. 8pm Free William “Blues Man” Reed joins this musical group to revitalize the sound of old-school blues. Facebook.com/JukeJointDukes

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4469 Stella Dr. NW. Times vary Free Enjoy the ninth annual event complete with 185 artisans, hands-on activities, and live acoustic music. ChastainParkArtsFestival.com

DEC. Holiday Hike at Heritage Sandy Springs

Atlanta Marriott Marquis 7am Prices vary Join breast cancer survivors, patients, and other participants as they walk 30 miles in two days in support of the Sandy Springsbased nonprofit, It’s the Journey, Inc. 2DayWalk.org

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DEC. 5 Titles @ Twilight: “Aftermath” Williams-Payne House 6:30-7:30pm Free George Weinstein, president of the Atlanta Writers Club, discusses his latest novel, “Aftermath,” which uncovers the truth behind a mysterious murder in a small town. HeritageSandySprings.org

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And when it comes to finding that perfect pair of glasses after the exam, there are plenty to choose from—including WOOW, a frame line made in Italy, which comes in eye-catching hues like magenta and turquoise, a variety of patterns, and fun frame shapes (cat eye, anyone?). There’s a brand for every personality. Tory Burch and Prada eyewear line the shelves, too. When the white coat comes off, the expectant mother loves grabbing a bite to eat with her husband, Michael, at Tupelo Honey Café, and Verde Taqueria. She even dabbles in cooking. “I often cook traditional Indian food, including popular dishes such as chicken curry and lamb kebabs. I can also make a pretty mean broccoli, cheese and tomato quiche.” Overall, Gemma says, “Sandy Springs has great places to eat, relax and play.” WindsorEyeCareAtl.com

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she can to compel her students to read and adds books about their interests to the library as often as possible. “I recently shared pictures of my three dogs with the students and told them how smart my dogs are. Later, I overheard the students telling their teacher that ‘Mrs. Zinsenheim’s dogs can read!’” she laughs.

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n a refrigerator magnet near you: “When teachers enjoy teaching, kids just know.” Isn’t that the truth? Think back to your years in school and your mind probably stops at a handful of teachers who clearly were there because they enjoyed inspiring you to do your best—to push past your fears and try. We talked to these highly effective Sandy Springs teachers to find out how they communicate their inspiration to students. (And their students just know.)


High Point Elementary Kindergarten–5th Grade ESOL Teacher

Megan Eigel explains that some of her students come to school with no knowledge of English at all. “They enter the doors and can’t ask to get water or use the restroom. I am compelled to make sure their physical and emotional needs are taken care of from that very

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Katrina Verde Lake Forest Elementary

1st Grade Teacher When asked what she finds so special about kids transitioning from kindergarten to first grade, Katrina Verde doesn’t hesitate, “They want to learn as much as I want to teach!” But, she admits, “It’s a challenge—the ABCs and 123s are important, but they aren’t the most important thing going on. My mom was there to help with my homework and my dad coached my softball team. I worry about the kids who don’t have that. I can give kids engaging lessons and maybe a few cartwheels, but to a kid who’s not getting enough at home, those things are going to

I have a personal moment with every kid every day. They need to know I’m glad they’re at school and I’m proud of them.” my fall short. That’s why

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explain to them in their native language that I will teach them English and school will get easier—they will be safe and happy,” she

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Mount Vernon Presbyterian school MountVernonSchool.org “Mount Vernon offers a unique environment where strong relationships are developed, impactful work happens, and innovation is inspired. Opportunities to connect are met at every turn as students are equipped with a variety of tools for creative and immersive work. Our learners do not wait for the future; they are the future. It begins now.”

Contact: 404-255-4026 | www.hies.org Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School is Atlanta’s only comprehensive Episcopal school, with 1,375 students ages 3 years old through 12th grade. On its 43acre campus located just north of Chastain Park, HIES has a stand-alone Primary School, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School, as well as a Fine Arts Building, a new STEM building, two modern gymnasiums and four expansive athletic fields. The HIES college-prep curriculum challenges students, encourages collaboration and inspires creative thinking. PRIMROSE SCHOOL OF SANDY SPRINGS SOUTH 5188 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs GA 30342 PrimroseSandyspringsSouth.com | 470.685.1281 Primrose School of Sandy Springs is a part of a national family of accredited early education and care schools serving infants through kindergarten, & after-schoolers. Mrs. Raneet Khurana the owner believes that with our Balanced Learning® approach, we help empower children to reach their full potential by nurturing curiosity, confidence, creativity and compassion. We know that a child’s interests can lead to exploration, discovery and understanding of the world. That’s why our Balanced Learning approach integrates science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) throughout the day to make learning fun. Come see our brand new state of the art facility and how our award winning team is changing the childcare landscape in Sandy Springs. Please call 470.685.1281 to take a tour or click www.PrimroseSandySpringsSouth.com.

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Percentage of Original List Price Received by Sellers in Sandy Springs There are some homes that sell for over 100% of the list price while others sell for maybe 85% or 90% of the list price. It all depends on the location, school district, upgrades and condition of the home. Neighborhood

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$599,000 $599,000 $353,000 $549,999

$563,100 $572,000 $353,000 $550,000

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5 5 3 7

4 4 3 4

$1,175,000 $550,000 $999,000 $599,000

$1,127,500 $549,000 $977,000 $599,000

96 100 98 100

11 2 7 0

5 4 5 5

6 4 4 3

$430,300 $760,000 $680,000 $450,000

$421,000 $756,500 $660,000 $460,000

98 99 95 102

25 3 34 4

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3 4 3 3

$725,000 $1,549,000 $1,150,000 $1,050,000

$676,000 $1,500,000 $1,080,000 $985,000

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5 5 6 5

3 5 6 5

30350 Nesbit Reserve Huntcliff Telfair Gates Woodland Manor

30342 Brookwoods Manor High Point Wembley Starlight

30328 North Springs River Shore Estates Riverside Wyndham Hills

30327 Chastain Park Rose Hill Old Virginia Chastain Park

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Meet your Sandy Springs' neighbors: Optometrist, Dr. Gemma K. Patel of Windsor Eye Care. Advocate, Sheila Ryan, CEO of the Georgia Center fo...