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Teacher who struggled to learn now helps kids like her

Teacher who struggled to learn now helps kids like her

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Pat Brunner watched her daughter, Gina, struggle in school from the time she first learned to read.

"She could not sound out words," Brunner said. "She couldn't tell the difference between a long A and a short A. Her stomach started bothering her because she knew she was falling behind and couldn't do anything about it."

"I just remember crying through homework and it was awful," Gina said.

By fourth grade, Brunner tried to find a solution. She got tutors for Gina, but she also tried to determine the problem.

"I really looked at her Iowa Basic Scores Test," she said. That's how she learned Gina has a problem with auditory processing.

Then, in fifth grade, everything changed.

That's when Marquita Caberea (who later became Mrs. Nickell) became Gina's teacher.

Sequoyah HS student among National Achievement semi-finalists

Sequoyah HS student among National Achievement semi-finalists

CANTON, Ga. -- A senior at Sequoyah High School is among the semi-finalists for the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship.

Michael Ojose will now go on to compete for one of 800 scholarships that will be offered this spring.

The National Achievement Scholarship is offered to some of the nation's best and brightest African-American high school students every year.

Ojose was recognized by the Cherokee County School Board during its Oct. 17 meeting.

Author Lois Ruby visits Macedonia ES

Author Lois Ruby visits Macedonia ES

CANTON, Ga. -- Some fifth grade students at Macedonia Elementary School recently got the chance to meet one of their favorite authors.

After reading Lois Ruby's novel Steal Away Home, the children in Nancy Baker's class were thrilled when Ruby visited the school last Friday.

The students dressed up as characters from the novel to hear Ruby speak in the Canton school's media center.

"Students were captivated with Mrs. Ruby's stories, and Mrs. Ruby was thrilled to see the students dressed in character for her visit," Macedonia Elementary principal Tammy Castleberry said.

Steal Away Home is the story of a 12-year-old girl who finds a hidden room in her family's home -- and a skeleton inside. She eventually learns that her house was a stop on the Underground Railroad, and the skeleton belongs to a former slave named Lizbet.

Chattahoochee Tech job fair open to the public

Chattahoochee Tech job fair open to the public

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College will hold a large job fair for students and the community later this month.

The event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school's North Metro Campus in Acworth.

More than 60 employers are scheduled to attend, according to CTC Career Services Coordinator Lucylle Shelton. Participating companies include Aaron's, Inc.; American Family Insurance; CarMax; CNN; Kaiser Permanente; and MARTA.

"Employers are looking for applicants with up-to-date skills who can talk about their skills and are confident about what they have to offer," said CTC Career Services Specialist Annette Davis. "There is a big demand for applicants with hands-on experience who are educated in their field. Those are the types of students we have at Chattahoochee Technical College."

Job fair attendees are asked to dress professionally and bring plenty of copies of their résumés.

Teasley MS launches radio station

Teasley MS launches radio station

CANTON, Ga. -- Teasley Middle School has launched its very own radio program.

Parents who arrive at the Canton school to pick up, drop off or visit students are encouraged to set their car radios to 107.7 FM to listen to the new Raider Radio.

The project was launched to teach students about careers in the radio industry.

"The whole purpose of Raider Radio is to spotlight the students and the school, and to keep parents informed," Teasley principal Dr. Susan Zinkil said.

Elizabeth Erikson, a 7th grader, was one of Raider Radio's first DJs.

"I was a little nervous, but I thought it was cool to be on the radio," she said.

The radio program plans to begin recognizing the school's Partners in Education in the near future.

CCSD psychologist named School Psychologist of the Year

CCSD psychologist named School Psychologist of the Year

CANTON, Ga. -- This year's Georgia Association of School Psychologists (GASP) School Psychologist of the Year is from Cherokee County.

Dr. John Poidevant is the psychologist for Canton's Avery and Macedonia elementary schools. He received his award on Oct. 1.

"(Poidevant) calmly guides the administration and staff through crises and provides direct support for students and families. He is viewed by parents and staff as professional, supportive and approachable," Charlette Green, the school district's director of special education, said in a statement. "Dr. Poidevant is a shining example of what a school psychologist should strive to do to support students, parents and school staff."

Poidevant earned his degree in school psychology from the University of Florida and has worked for Cherokee County since 2006.

He will be recognized during the Oct. 17 Cherokee County School Board meeting.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.