ANNUAL REPORT 2013-2014
TRANSFORMING EDUCATION. TRANSFORMING LIVES.
OUR MISSION To deliver the highest quality educational experience where global citizens are born through advanced rigor, engaging teaching methods, and a passionate climate and culture.
WELCOME TO THE RON CLARK ACADEMY The Ron Clark Academy seeks to extend its reach beyond its student body by having an impact upon students everywhere. RCA is a demonstration school â€“ a place where visiting educators engage in a vibrant professional development experience by observing best practices in action before participating in hands-on workshops. Since our schoolâ€™s inception, more than 27,000 superintendents, district level administrators, and teachers from 42 states and 22 countries have participated in the RCA Experience to learn better ways to engage students, promote academic rigor, and create a climate and culture that promotes success.
Founded Fall 2007 by Ron Clark and Kim Bearden Location Southeast Atlanta, Georgia Enrollment 110 students, Grades 5th - 8th Educator Training Program Over 3,000 educators visit RCA each year to learn our strategies and observe our classrooms Travel We believe that integrating travel into the curriculum creates global citizens
Energy We believe in using music, movement, and creativity to add energy to lessons After School Programs Soccer, tennis, drumming, jewelry making, tutoring, dance and more
Teams Basketball Cheerleading Essentials Step Team Georgia Aquarium Research Team Model United Nations Team Robotics Ya Heard Poets
Climate and Culture
DEAR FRIENDS, The number eight is often associated with new beginnings, and as we have embarked on our eighth year in operation, this certainly held true for us. This year we watched all of our first class of RCA students graduate from high school and begin college in schools across the country. We completed our capital campaign and started construction on our wondrous new educator training facility that will be unveiled on January 14th, enabling us to expand our reach even farther. And we have now trained over 27,000 educators from around the world-- today there are over 1 million children sitting in classrooms led by a teacher who has observed our teaching methods. As we continue to blaze new trails, we also want to take time to reflect upon our founding principles, for these will remain a core piece of who we are, even as we seek to grow and change. As we reflect on our success, we are so very grateful for our supporters who have made it all possible. The magic of the Ron Clark Academy is attributed to our phenomenal staff, our dedicated parents, our brilliant students, and the countless individuals who selflessly give their time, talents, resources, and love to our school. Thank you for helping us create a revolution in education!
Together we are changing lives. Thank you for joining us! With great appreciation,
RON CLARK & KIM BEARDEN Cofounders of the Ron Clark Academy
OUR FOUNDING PRINCIPLES The Ron Clark Academy will...
Foster an atmosphere where staff,
Be a school that inspires academic
Teach in ways that promote creativity,
students, parents, and community
excellence, leadership, collaboration,
innovation, wonder, joy, and a passion
members work together to create a
and a world-class education for our
family environment for our learners.
THE ESSENTIAL 55
Embrace RCAâ€™s motto: No Fear!
Demand academic rigor and set high
Follow The Essential 55 and create a
expectations for every learner.
culture with high levels of discipline, manners, and respect.
Cultivate students who will become
Ensure that we have classes that are
Seek to enroll a large number of
global leaders and citizens by teaching
composed of students with varied
students who would not otherwise
them about the world and by traveling
academic, social, emotional, and
have the academic opportunities that
with them to see it firsthand.
the Ron Clark Academy can provide.
Celebrate diversity and different cultures.
MASTER EDUCATORS Strive to find the best, brightest, most
REVOLUTION Be bold. Be different.
passionate educators from across the
Spread innovation and creativity
country to teach in our classrooms.
to every schoool.
YEAR IN REVIEW Students visited schools across China and demonstrated model lessons for Chinese teachers and learner. TEAMS The RCA Essentials Step Team was named the National Champions at the Break the Stage National Step Competition. The third RCA Model United Nations (RCAMUN) Conference for Middle Grades was sponsored by the Ron Clark Academy and was hosted in partnership with Georgia Tech.
Osei Avril (2010) was named a Gates Millennium Scholar. He is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
STUDENT SUCCESS The class of 2014 earned over $1.8 million dollars in scholarships for high school. We are so proud of you!
RCA’s Model United Nations Team received the Distinguished Delegation Award at Georgia Southern University’s 33rd Annual Middle School Model United Nations Conference. RCA’s Robotics Teams won the 2nd Place Champions Award, the Core Values Inspiration Award, and the Core Values Teamwork Award at the FLL Georgia Qualifier and will be competing in the Regionals in early 2015.
The first graduating class of RCA also graduated from high school, and all of these students are currently enrolled in college. Osei Avril received one of the most prestigious scholarships in the county by being named a Gates Millennium Scholar. He is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. GLOBAL LEARNING Seventh grade students and teachers traveled to London, England, to participate in lesson demonstrations at the BETT Conference, the largest educational technology conference in Europe. The group showcased Classflow by Promethean. Eighth grade students traveled to Soweto, South Africa, to learn about the culture and to volunteer in schools and orphanages.
Students traveled to Wells, Nevada, in October to herd cattle, ride the range, and learn about life on a working ranch.
The RCA Essentials Step Team was named the National Champions at the Break the Stage National Step Competition.
EDUCATION REVOLUTION We reached a milestone by hosting over 27,000 educators for training at RCA within the past eight years, with a record of 347 educators attending on one day. We also hosted our 10th national educators’ conference. Kim Bearden released her bestselling book, Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me, and she the was named one of Georgia’s Most Powerful and Influential Women by Women Works Media Group.
RCA was the beneficiary of the 11Alive Community Service Awards proceeds. John Deushane, President & General Manager of WXIA-TV, presented the Ron Clark Academy with a generous check to support our efforts.
Construction for our new educator training facility was completed in l0 months. The Grand Opening was January 14, 2015! Ron Clark was filmed for an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s Where Are They Now?, and the episode will air on April 12, 2015.
COMMUNITY The Amazing Shake gave our students real world experience in developing their business etiquette and “soft skills” – communication, social grace, relationship building and poise. Special thanks to Coca-Cola,11Alive News with Donna Lowry, Alston + Bird LLP, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, and Ryan Cameron at Radio V-103. The Ron Clark Academy was inducted into The Atlanta Tribune Hall of Fame for taking unique steps to favorably impact young people inside the classroom and the community. RCA students participated in the 11Alive Community Service Awards show – making it an exhilarating party and memorable event for everyone. The show aired on 11Alive TV and RCA was the beneficiary of the dinner proceeds. Comcast made a significant impact on our students and our families by participating in the Georgia GOAL scholarship program. The Hawks Foundation sponsored 50 teachers from Atlanta Public Schools to attend educator training.
Kim Bearden released her bestselling book, Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me.
FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Thank you and congratulations to each donor and friend of RCA from the entire Board of Trustees. RCA is enjoying further growth and new expansion thanks to your efforts and support. This year was focused on turning visions into reality, and this happened because of each of you - the individual donors, founders, teachers, staff, parents and volunteers. An expanded teacher training facility has been a dream and vision for over six years. Many people made a significant impact as they poured their hearts and souls into the efforts of design, construction, execution, and fundraising to work with Ron and Kim on their vision. We are now very proud to be able to state that the new teacher training facility is completed, open and an absolutely amazing place. As Lewis Carroll stated,
“One of the secrets of life is all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”
The capital campaign committee and the Board raised nearly $5 million dollars in a just over a year’s time. The construction team, comprised of Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, J.E. Dunn Construction, and project manager volunteers from Selig Enterprises (Bonnie Dean and Adam McDowell), all worked diligently to deliver a magical place on time and on budget. So many people helped make that possible with cash donations, in-kind donations, time and hard work. It is impressive to see how quickly and how well the community came together and produced an amazing and magical new addition to RCA. This new building allows RCA to double the number of teachers they can train as RCA continues their revolution in education and becomes even more sustainable going forward. The school and the Board listened intently to donor’s feedback throughout the initial growth of the school and during this recent major capital campaign. We have finished
many items of governance to help the school continue to mature as a non-profit and successfully exceed donor expectations. The Board and the school put contracts in place for all teachers at the school including the founders, passed strong financial policies, discussed and reviewed a succession plan, implemented a board reserve that is strong and growing, and recently passed an updated strategic plan that incorporates short and long term goals for RCA and its Board. The school consistently produces magic and now the additional governance infrastructure will ensure we keep producing magic for kids here and all around the world for a long time to come. It’s a great time in the growth and sustainability of the school and the Board thanks each of you for working for and supporting the sxchool. Thank you for all you do. Sincerely,
J.F. MIXSON, IV (JEFF) Chairman of the Board
LEADERSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
ADVISORY COUNCIL JEFF ANDERSON
President, Audio Enhancement
ANN W. CRAMER
Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates
Senior VP, Holder Properties Board Chairman
JOHN ROBBINS BAILEY TEAGUE TJ ABRAMS
Managing Director, Partner, Stanley, Global Senior Granite Properties Esrey & Buckley, LLP Brand Manager, The Coca-Cola Treasurer Secretary Company
BONNIE DEAN Vice President, Selig Enterprises
CEO, Genesis Collaboration
SEAN FRANKLIN Founder, Idea Speeder LLC
ALONZO LLORENS ERIKA ALEXANDER
Area VP, Americas - Eastern Region, Marriott International, Inc.
First VP - Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
STEVE BEECHAM President, Home Town Mortgage
Platinum Ambassador, Reliv International
Partner, Gordon & Rees LLP
MICHAEL MARKS CPA, Marks & Associates
Director of Business Development, Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Education Consultant, Peebles-Patterson Consultants
SCARLET PRESSLEY-BROWN MIKE KIEPURA President, Packaging Solutions Rock-Tenn
Principal, Founder and Chief Operating Officer eVestment Alliance
STEPHEN MACDONALD Patent Agent, King & Spalding LLP
TOM MAXEY President, Consolidated Financial Corporation
Vice President of Marketing, National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Headmaster, Kings Ridge Christian School
LAURA TURNER SEYDEL
National Environmental Advocate and Eco-Living Expert
SHERYL SELLAWAY MIKE NIELSEN President, W.S. Nielsen Company
Vice President, Selig Enterprises
President, BB&T Northern Georgia Region Group
President of the Atlanta Hawks and Phillips Arena
Executive Director Public Relations, Verizon Wireless
DR. BETTY SIEGEL
President Emeritus, Kennesaw State University
In vitae sodales ante. Maecenas a mi enim. Mauris vestibulum maximus tortor, vitae expect quis. our students to represent the RCA ideals of respect and discipline blandit “We leo sagittis Curabitur eros urna, everywhere: – Zyan Wynn in the classroom, on the court, in the mall, in the van, and 8th Grader their lives.” – Ron Clark throughout
A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE A Lifetime in Four Years The Ron Clark Academy is a polar opposite from any other type of education I have had. Anyone can teach a child something, but this school does not just teach students. Instead, the Ron Clark Academy INVOLVES students. I have never in my life come in contact with any group of individuals who are as kind, giving, and imaginative as the staff at my school. Their amazing gift for helping students and adults alike inspires me to change peoples’ lives for the better. Before I came to the Academy, I was a quiet student. If there was one thing that RCA helped me with, it was expressing myself. When I was in the 6th grade, I became a part of the “Ya Heard” poetry team and learned how much power words have hidden within them.
Another thing that made my experience meaningful was that the staff genuinely cares about the students. One year ago, my father was diagnosed with kidney disease; as scared as I was, my teachers helped me in my time of fear and uncertainty. They would ask me about my dad and pray for him, and I can name very few who would do that for me. I can also remember my latest trip with my teachers where we went to go camping. As we all sat around the blazing fire, I had a sudden realization: I had never been camping before! Who can say that your own teachers took you on a trip out of school? The staff of RCA has always been there for me through both good and bad days. Now, thanks to them, my future is brighter than it ever has been.
“If there was one thing that RCA helped me with, it was expressing myself.” by Jacobi Copeland 8th Grade Student
This Day is Magical Students often ask, “How will our education be used in real life?” Well this day provides a thorough answer to that question. The Best Day of School is one of my favorite memories at RCA. – Zyan Wynn 8th Grader
BEST DAY OF SCHOOL
Build race cars and compute velocity at Legoland
PRACTICE Practice the art and discipline of wrestling and Jiu Jitsu
Experience culture and expression through African Dance
Dissect the science behind the formula at the World of Coke
Learn the design process with HKS Architects
Explore the math behind the sport at the College Football Hall of Fame
Experience history class in the Center for Civil and Human Rights
Order lunch in Spanish and eat an authentic Mexican meal at Plaza Fiesta!
BEST DAY OF SCHOOL... EVER! Each year, one of the most anticipated events at RCA is the “Best Day of School... Ever.” The students are never aware what day it will be, and they are completely suprised upon their arrival. The purpose of the Best Day of School... Ever is to expose students to the wealth of educational opportunities in Atlanta and to connect our academic content to real-world experiences. Our students look forward to it every year because the whole city is their classroom and reinforces the idea that learning can take place anywhere. We hope they will take this concept with them for their rest of their lives.
This year, buses for each grade were taken to locations in Atlanta where teachers had set up “classrooms” where they would teach for one hour. At the end of the hour, the students were taken to their next class at a different location in the city. Classes included having a history lesson in the Center for Civil and Human Rights, learning to build race cars and compute velocity at Legoland, dissecting the science behind the formula at the World of Coke, and exploring the math behind the sport at the College Football Hall of Fame. It was an entire day of extremely engaging and exciting lessons! 13
OUR VISION To be the best school in the world by demonstrating transformative methods and techniques that are embraced and replicated everywhere.
A TEACHER’S PERSPECTIVE When entering Joyce Estrada Bailey’s classroom, you are immediately captivated by her charisma, warm smile, and energetic spirit. Her passion is evident, and it is obvious that this master educator was born to teach. You will find that her students are always actively engaged in handson activities, kinesthetic games, and song—all to learn how to read, write, and speak Spanish. It is no wonder that our students scurry to her classroom each day with joy and wonder in anticipation of what each lesson will unfold. Ms. Estrada Bailey knew at a young age that teaching would be her calling—her first student was her own mother. Her family is from Honduras, and Spanish was the primary language spoken at home. As a child, Ms. Joyce Estrada Bailey’s mother bought her a small chalkboard, and each day, she would use it to teach her mother basic English skills. It was through those lessons for her mother that she realized her passion and calling to teach. Although Spanish was her primary spoken language, Joyce Estrada Bailey was illiterate in the language as a child. It wasn’t until she grew older that she learned how to read and write it at her father’s urging. He told her “One day you will thank me for this.” When she received her position as Spanish teacher at RCA, she shared that her first call was to her father to thank him for urging her to continue her study of the language. In addition to developing our students’ Spanish skills, Estrada Bailey nurtures an appreciation for difference cultures in her classroom. She emphasizes the importance of understanding and
recognizing inaccurate stereotypes about Spanish speakers. Estrada Bailey shares that “There are twenty-one Spanish speaking countries in this world, and each country has its own unique words, dialect, and culture. Individuals within each country are unique as well, so we should never make assumptions about certain groups of people.” She also has a passion for unlocking students’ understanding of the world beyond the four walls of the classroom. She demonstrates that depth of knowledge is increased when students see how things are relevant and connected. As a result, Estrada Bailey shares this information with our visiting educators as well. She cultivates an understanding of how all of the subjects are integrated and interconnected when she teaches her interactive workshop entitled “Connecting the DOTS,” where she emphasizes connecting opportunities for teacher success. Joyce Estrada Bailey received her undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University and is currently working on her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Jones International University. She has taught eighth grade language arts and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in addition to Spanish. She has a proven track record of increasing student performance in writing and reading. She holds levels 1, 2, and 3 of IB Certification. She also goes above and beyond by serving as a sponsor for the award-winning Model United Nations Team and volunteering for numerous committees that support the magic of RCA. We are so fortunate to have such a gifted educator in our midst!
MS. JOYCE ESTRADA BAILEY Spanish Teacher
“Her passion is evident, and it is obvious that this master educator was born to teach.”
Class of 2010 Colleges & Universities Albany State University
Georgia State University
Southern Polytechnic State University
Atlanta Technical College
University of Georgia
Austin Peay State University
New York University
University of New Haven
California State University of Monterey
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Florida International University
Savannah State University
Valdosta State University
Georgia Southern University
South Carolina State University
Darius Emmanuel ‘13
Onyx Simpson ‘11
Travis McKoy ‘10
Tynelius Hall ‘13
Jalil Allah ‘11
Raven Johnson ‘12
The Ron Clark Academy Graduates
AT A GLANCE HIGH SCHOOL RCA classes of 2010 – 2014 Charter School
112 Private Boarding School
RCA GRADUATES SINCE 2010
ATTEND HIGH SCHOOL IN GEORGIA
ATTEND PRIVATE SCHOOLS
AWARDED IN HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CLASS OF 2014
Private Day School
Public School (International Baccaluareate and Advanced Placement)
High School Attendance
COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY RCA’s first graduating class of 2010
100% ATTEND COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY
Ryan Avril ‘13
ATTEND COLLEGE OUT OF STATE
Krystal Morbeth ‘11
Jabril Sadiq ‘13
GATES MILLENIUM SCHOLAR
JACK KENT COOKE SCHOLARSHIP
Alexis Walker ‘13
Jelani Wootton ‘13
Miles Turner ‘13
FOUNDERS MRS. KIM BEARDEN Cofounder, Executive Director, Language Arts Teacher @kimbearden
MR. RON CLARK Cofounder, Mathematics and Global Studies Teacher @ronclarkacademy
MASTER EDUCATORS We have assembled a team of the top educators in the country. To learn more about their tremendous accomplishments and backgrounds, visit www.ronclarkacademy.com.
MRS. SUSAN BARNES Language Arts and Reading Teacher @arauzing
MS. JOYCE ESTRADA BAILEY Spanish Teacher
MR. BRANDON FLEMING Humanities Teacher
MR. WADE KING Social Studies and Science Teacher @WadeKing7
DR. CAMILLE JONES Mathematics Teacher @drvcjones
MR. BEN WALKER Physical Education Teacher @WalkerBenjamin
MRS. PAMELA HASKINS Language Arts Teacher
MRS. HOPE KING Reading Teacher
MR. KENNETH ADAMS Tutoring and Mentoring Services
MR. J. AMEZQUA Graphic Design and Photography
MR. LAZARUS BRUNER MRS. ADREA Head Basketball Coach LATALLADI Development Officer
MR. KENNEDY REDDICK Assistant
MR. JOEY BARR Finance Manager
MR. JUNIOR BERNADIN Technology Manager @JBernadin
MR. KIRK BROWN Director of Development
MS. CHRISSI MAJOR Creative Marketing @chrissimajor
MR. JOHNNY MILLS Facilities Maintenance Manager
MS. RENITA MOSLEY Office Manager
MS. AUNGELITA WILLIAMS Educator Training Coordinator
RCA HOUSE LEADERS Class of 2015
SYMPHONI OWENS Altruismo
JOSEPH RICHARDS Isibindi
SHAWL PRYOR RĂŞveur
BY THE NUMBERS 2013-2014 Financial Highlights | JULY 1, 2013 - JUNE 30, 2014 Unrestricted Annual Giving
Educator Training Program
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Including the Capital Campaign
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Total Contributions Management & General
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The Ron Clark Academy is a non-profit school and is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.
FOUNDATIONS AND GRANTS
Management and General
Fees from training days and conferences
Travel, equipment, and services
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Operational expenses are primarily funded by annual giving and our unique educator training program.
GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW RON CLARK ACADEMY EDUCATOR TRAINING FACILITY
THANK YOU We are a school that the community has built. Since our inception in 2007, this community support has enabled us to affect the lives of students and educators around the world. And now, our reach will impact even more classrooms across the globe. With a total of $4.8 million in donations and an additional $1 million in products and services, we give thanks to all who have contributed. You help make our dreams a reality.
THE PURPOSE The new facility will enable us to provide professional development to even more educators, thus extending our reach to even more students around the world. In the next year, we project that over 4,000 participants will attend our training opportunities.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN OVER $770,000 IN IN-KIND DONATIONS FOR THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
TECHNOLOGY: Audio Enhancement – Audio systems for 8 rooms Panasonic – 40 LED screens Promethean – 6 ActivBoard Touch
Parents and Staff 1% 1%
In-Kind Donations 14% 14%
18% 18% 19%
DECORATION MATERIALS: Mannington Floors – Custom carpets and flooring Adam Wallacavage – Dragon chandelier EGM Services, Inc. – Mirrors Cornerstone Masonry – Brick fireplace
CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS: WS Nielsen Company – Custom skylight, sun tunnels Pyramid Skylights Velux-America Bristolite Skylights JE Dunn Construction South Central Steel Century Fire Protection
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MILLION PLEDGED IN CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
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PARTICIPATION FROM RCA BOARD
We thank you for your support to help grow our mission and impact education worldwide.
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ALL EDUCATORS WELCOME
“RCA is a one of a kind experience. You will never be the same once you visit. There is a special spirit found within every teacher, every student, and every classroom that instills a passion and love for learning in anyone fortunate enough to walk through the doors. Every school should be like RCA!”
Jerry Wright Avon Park, FL
“I appreciate that your training includes ‘nuts and bolts’ sessions helping teachers carry your methods home.”
Lynette S. Jackson Houston, TX
“Not only did our Teacher Cadets observe innovative, energetic and passionate teaching from the instructors, they also realized the value of manners, relevant conversation, and sincere desire to learn from middle school students in grades 5-8.”
Nancy Cowart North Augusta, SC
“I have had the opportunity to visit RCA twice and the second time was as exhilarating as the first.”
Eva T. Joiner Asburn, GA
About our visiting
Educators EDUCATOR TRAINING Why are we so passionate about changing education by influencing other educators? 13%
The Ron Clark Academy was created to be model school, and our goal is to extend our reach beyond our student body by having an impact upon students everywhere.
82% 3% Central Office 2% Other
Each year, thousands of educators-- teachers, administrators, and superintendents-- participate in our educator training programs to learn how to replicate RCAâ€™s style, philosophy and success in their own schools.
12,300 TEACHERS 2,700 PRIN Breakdown of VISITING
Those educators return to their classrooms, impacting the lives of 10 million students around the world. We want to create a revolution in education. Total Number of Attendees
2007-2014 Educator Training Participants
2 DAYS Educator Training
3856 278 1080
In 2015, we project to 27,000 educators! 1exceed DAY
Visiting Educators *Select two training days were cancelled due to weather
THANK YOU, DONORS RCA DONORS
$100,000 and above Companies & Foundations: 11Alive Community Service Awards Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program Promethean Individuals Matt & Kim Crisp
Donations contributed between JULY 1, 2013 - JUNE 30, 2014
$50,000 - $99,999 Companies & Foundations: Comcast Cable Delta Air Lines James H. & Connie Maynard Fund of Triangle Community Foundation* NAIOP Georgia Chapter Roberti-Kiepura Foundation RockTenn The Tull Charitable Foundation Verizon Wireless *
$25,000 - $49,999 Companies & Foundations: Atlanta Hawks Foundation Selby and Richard * McRae Foundation The Imlay Foundation, Inc. Individuals Jeff Anderson*
$18,000 - $24,999 Companies & Foundations: Great American Insurance Group Jigsaw Meeting * The Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation * The Robert S Elster Foundation * Individuals Barbara Allen * Charles & Julie Scheper *
Individuals Anonymous* Anonymous Tom & Alecia Maxey*
* SCHOLARSHIP DONORS
$18,000 a year per student
HEAD OF THE CLASS THE TULL CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
THANK YOU! RCA DONORS ($10,000 to $17,999)
($5,000 to $9,999)
($1,000 â€“ $4,999)
Companies & Foundations: Betty & Davis Fitzgerald Foundation Cushman & Wakefield EZ Agape Foundation Premiere Speakers Bureau, Inc Sartain Lanier Family Foundation Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Companies & Foundations: Aruba Networks* Coca-Cola Scholars Program Combined Federal Campaign Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. Granite Properties Hopeline The H Foundation
Companies & Foundations: AT&T United Way/Employee Giving Campaign Center for Teaching Excellence Comcast Foundation DimensionU* Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company The Coca-Cola Company* Time Warner Employee Grant Programs Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign
Individuals: Kimberly Bearden Dianne Bernez Sunny & Lee Burrows John Ferrell Matt & Hollis Hawkins Mike Nielsen Solon & Marianna Patterson
Individuals: Gina Carellas Carlester T. Crumpler Mindy Jones David and Janice Kloess Alonzo Llorens Stephen Christopher MacDonald Jeff and Laura Mixson Ed Potter & Regina Olchowski David Panton Shawl Pryor, Sr. Bailey Teague
Individuals: J. Amezqua * Angela Asse Joey Barr Shawn Bergeron Devrin Carr Richard & Mary Ann Cook David Coss Joshua and Holly Covett John & Leila Driscoll Wanda Dunaway Paula Kathryn East-Janicki James Eubanks Diane Fennig Lisa Fey Richard Fletcher Allen Fromherz
All photography by J.Â Amezqua
Tara Fudge Craig Harley Natalie Jones Ryan Keyt Michael & Kathy Kiepura William Lankford Thomas & Heather Lazette Basil Lee Phillip A. Lindsay Chrissi Major Marina Miller Susan Oâ€™Dwyer William Pritchett Palaniswamy Rajan Sam Reid Barbara Reid John F. Robbins Stephen Selig Charles & Susan Shanor Michael Upshaw Joan Vitner David Walens Dexter B. Warrior Mindy & Doug Weston Aungelita Williams Bob Williams Walter Woliver Eric Wong & Christy Myrick
($999 and Below) Companies & Foundations: ETECH Atlanta John Hackney Agency of Rocky Mount Kimberly-Clark* Solacium New Haven LLC The Ironman Foundation, Inc. UBS Wealth Management Employee Giving Your Cause LLC Individuals: TJ Abrams Jaime Gimpelson Ackerman Joyce Estrada Bailey Kelcee D Baker Kelly Ray Barr Joe and Gwen Bearden Nikki Beavers Steve and Mary Beecham Jay Bernath David Lewis Bowens Tiffany Breindel Kirk Brown Stephen Brown Edwin Bruce Brunizer Wanda Burgamy Carly Burton Tara Caldwell Tony & Ruth Cann
Nishelle Caudill Nadia Chochol Paul Joseph Clifford Laura Conner Paul Corley Gayle Danielle Daniels Nagelah Dieu Tina Dunkley John & Carol Dunlap Timothy Dunn Nicole Edmond Bari Evans Bernadette Faber Shawn Baccus Feathersone Shawn Feathersone Desmona A Fletcher Keith Fryer Kimberly Funderburk Tammy Garnes Duncan & Kristen Gibbs Kevin Gooch Michael and Gail Graham Tracey L Griffin Robert & Melanie Haley Jerry Henry Michael D. Hobbs Min-Hsiu Huang Daima Jackson Robyn Johnson Barbara M. Jones Lillie Jordan Kimberly Julian
GENEROSITY “At our school, we clap and cheer for one another, and we embrace others’ good fortunes. We teach our children that we are in this together and we must help each other find success. The more we elevate one another, the stronger we all become.” Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me by co-founder, Kim Bearden
Robert L. Karem, Jr. Anna Khavulya Brian D. King Lance King Wendy Lee Chien-Liang Liu Mary A. Marcal Ninette Martin Kathleen Martin Yvette Maxie Lynne Patrice Meadows Katherine Mendler Rosalyn Mayfield Merrick Betty Miller Karen Miller Derrick and Leisa Minor Hannah Moore Renita Mosley Jodi Moss Steve Moxley
Julia Yoshi Nabholz Marjory Newell Lamond Andre Parker Scarlet Pressley-Brown Charles Brian Quinn Jacquelyn Richards Debra L. Ricks Dr. Deb Rosenstein Susan J Sabsowitz Kelly J. Sanford David M. Sawchuk Stacey Senior Joseph Shanley Betty L Siegel Fred Otis Smith Amy and Paul Snyder Bill Spinelli Sheila Stephenson James Sullivan Ken Townsel
Paul Warren Turner Kristi Hamelryck Turner Sheryl von Westerhagen Kandyss Watson George Wieder * Sheronda Williams Nina and Stephen Woods
* Donors who made in-kind contributions to the Ron Clark Academy
GOAL SCHOLARSHIP DONORS The Georgia GOAL Tax Credit Program enables Georgia residents to redirect their state income taxes to fund scholarship for students at the Ron Clark Academy. This is an incredible opportunity for RCA students, and we are thankful to the following donors who participated in the program in the 2013 and 2014 tax years. INDIVIDUALS Natina Adams Raymond & Lucy Allen Angela Asse Joey Barr Kimberly Bearden Shawn Bergeron Edwin & Sandra Brenizer Kirk Brown Lee & Sunny Burrows Gina Carellas Christa Carson Richard & Mary Ann Cook David & Gina Coss Joshua & Holly Covett Carlester & Yarid Crumpler John & Leila Driscoll James & Carol Eubanks Diane Fennig Diane Fennig Lisa Fey Allen Fromherz Paul & Tammy Garnes Gail & Michael Graham Craig & Nanette Harley Christopher Harris Paul & Hollis Hawkins James & Rochelle Jenkins Melinda Jones Sarah Jones Michael & Kathy Kiepura Robert & Lora Kight III
David & Janice Kloess William & Ann Lankford Stephen MacDonald Christilyn Majorkiewicz Michael & Beth Marks Damian & Rosalyn Merrick Marina Miller Charles Mixson Jeff & Laura Mixson IV Ivan Mosley, Jr. Derek Murphy Michael & Denise Nielsen Edward & Susan Oâ€™Dwyer Willa Onley William & Linda Pritchett Shawl & Vonnetta Pryor, Sr. Charles Quinn Palaniswamy Rajan Joseph & Julie Rath Ronald & Barbara Reid Sam & Susan Reid John & Jennifer Robbins Stephen Selig Charles & Susan Shanor Andrew & Alicia Snyder Reginald Bailey Teague, Jr. Richard & Julie Thorne Joan & Ronald Tolliver Michael Upshaw Karen Ventii Joan Vitner David & Donna Walens
Dexter & Karen Warrior Aungelita Williams Robert Williams Walter Woliver Eric Wong
CORPORATIONS, LLC, PARTNERSHIPS Abcom Atlanta Office Products Comcast Event Drapery Mary Macâ€™s Tea Room RockTenn Windham Brannon W.S. Nielsen Company
In Georgia, 6,901 taxpayers contributed to GOAL for a 2014 tax credit. Your involvement in this program provides improved educational opportunities for deserving Georgia students. To select the Ron Clark Academy as the recipient for these state funds, visit the GOAL website at www.goalscholarship.org
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The Ron Clark Academy
228 Margaret Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30315
A year in review