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MARIETTA DAILY JOURNAL  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2012

Marietta’s Dr. Emily Lembeck chosen as Georgia’s Superintendent of Year Lembeck thanked the Marietta City Schools Board of Education for nominating her for the award and for cheering her on through the process that began over the MARIETTA — Marietta City Schools Superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck recent- summer. “(The board) is committed to all stuly was chosen as the Georgia Superintendents and their academic success,” she dent of the Year. “I am just overwhelmed and honored by said. “I appreciate and am fortunate to this announcement,” she said. “I feel fortu- work with a great staff in all of our schools and all of our departments.” nate for being recognized among these The school board, which unanimously finalists. I know them well, I admire the nominated Lembeck for the recognition, work that they do and the difference that and members of her staff were in attenthey make in their school communities.” dance for the recognition. This years marks the third time that the “I’m thrilled. She deserves it,” board city’s school board has nominated Lemvice chair Jill Mutimer said. “She’s a great beck for the state award, which she was leader ... a great superintensurprised to receive during dent. She really cares about ‘She deserves it. the 2012 Georgia School of the students in MariSuperintendent AssociaShe’s a great leader all etta. She has a great vision, tion’s annual winter confer... a great superinand she thinks things ence in south Cobb. through.” tendent. She really The other finalists for the Mutimer said she did not award were Chris Erwin of cares about all of know of anyone in the systhe Banks County School the students in Mari- tem who worked harder System; Buster Evans of Forsyth County Schools; and etta. She has a great than Lembeck. “She believes in the Will Schofield of Hall vision, and she potential of every student,” County Schools. Mutimer said. thinks things “As superintendent of the Board member Tom year, I will proudly reprethrough.’ Cheater said he couldn’t sent all of my colleagues as — Jill Mutimer, imagine anybody working well as quality public educaschool board vice chair closer with the board than tion in Georgia and elseMarietta’s superintendent, where,” she said. “We are and board member Tony Fasola commendmoving forward at a time of unprecedented ed Lembeck for her outreach within the challenges and change. We’re doing so community. knowing that the future of our state and Board member Randy Weiner called nation is dependent on us working togethLembeck “extremely hardworking.” er, all of us, to educate all of our students “(Lembeck) communicates with her to higher levels than ever before.” board very well, along with the principals In addition to her award, Lembeck and the community,” he said. received a ring commemorating her honor, Board chair Irene Berens said Lembeck a $1,000 scholarship check to present to a has been a great leader for the Marietta Marietta High School 2012 graduating City Schools and that the staff and comsenior, and full payment for her attendance munity are privileged to have her on board. at the National Conference on Education in People on the Marietta school board Houston, where she and other state winand her staff are what make her job worth ners were honored. coming to each day, Lembeck said. By Lindsay Field

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Cobb Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa, left, congratulates Nickajack Elementary counselor Nicole Pfleger after she was chosen as the National School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association at the Smyrna school.

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MARIETTA — A second Cobb County employee has been selected as the nation’s top counselor. The American School Counselor Association has named Nicole Pfleger, who works at Nickajack Elementary School, the 2012 National School Counselor of the Year. It is the highest national honor for a school counselor. Julie Hartline, a Campbell High School counselor, received the honor in 2009, and Anthony Pearson, a Sky View Elementary School counselor, was a Top 10 finalist in 2011. Teachers, colleagues and students surprised Pfleger with the recognition at an assembly in December. “I was completely overwhelmed,” she said. “They did a good job at pulling it off.” Pfleger said it feels funny to receive the honor because she works alongside so many people who pour their hearts into the school community without seeking recognition. “I don’t think I’m doing anything that special or different than anybody else working in education,” she said. “I come here every day to a job that I love and am passionate about. I feel like I’ve been given this opportunity to work in a district that finds value in what they contribute to a school. I’m the fortunate one.” Pfleger said she chose

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Nickajack’s Pfleger earns national counselor award By Lindsay Field

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Dr. Emily Lembeck recently was chosen as the state Superintendent of the Year. With her is David Johnson, president of the Georgia School Board Association.

the career because it allows her to work with every student in the school at some point. “You also get to take time to work with struggling students, help them and nurture them,” she said. “You’re able to support students, families and teachers. We have a really unique opportunity to leave an imprint on (students). They are the ones that are inspiring every day. It’s a great job.” She credits her success

to support from Nickajack principal Beverly Parks and former assistant principal Michael Perkins, who both started at Nickajack the same time as Pfleger in 2006. “It was probably very obvious that I was new at the profession ... (but) they never treated me like I was a novice,” she said. “They let me run with it and gave me opportunities to lead within the school and implement different programs.”

Marietta Daily Journal Progress 2012  

Marietta Daily Journal Progress 2012

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Marietta Daily Journal Progress 2012

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