Woodstock Elem. community shares expertise
by TCT Staff
January 24, 2014 12:40 AM | 1443 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
State Superintendent of Education Dr. John Barge greets Woodstock Elementary School representatives, from left: Parent Involvement Facilitator Jessica Ruiz, Principal Kim Montalbano, Academic Coach Bonny Keheley, Intervention Specialist Kristy Gibbs and bookkeeper Mary Minicucci. <br> Special to the Tribune
State Superintendent of Education Dr. John Barge greets Woodstock Elementary School representatives, from left: Parent Involvement Facilitator Jessica Ruiz, Principal Kim Montalbano, Academic Coach Bonny Keheley, Intervention Specialist Kristy Gibbs and bookkeeper Mary Minicucci.
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A team from Woodstock Elementary School presented a workshop at the 2014 Family Engagement Conference, which was presented by the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia PTA and the United Way earlier this month in Athens.

The workshop, “Don’t Apply for the Georgia Family-Friendly Partnership School Award… Yet!” outlined best practices in creating a warm and welcoming school environment and navigating the application process for the Family-Friendly Partnership Award. Woodstock Elementary School won the prestigious state award in 2013.

Woodstock Elementary School Parent Involvement Facilitator Jessica Ruiz discussed the specifics of the application and the importance of teamwork through the process. Academic Coach Bonny Keheley spoke about the school’s volunteer tutoring program, and Intervention Specialist Teacher Kristy Gibbs showcased the school’s Parent Resource Room, the school district said in a release.

Bookkeeper Mary Minicucci described examples of the outstanding customer service the school provides and local school strategies to stretch a dollar through business partnerships and payment plans. Principal Kim Montalbano gave an update on continued improvements with signage, communication tools, and building relationships with all stakeholders through shared leadership.

‘The group was honored to share their best practices with other educators and parents across the state of Georgia,’ Montalbano said.  

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