Other Alumni Awards and Recognitions

Major Emily Fairbrass(MAT Secondary Education 2002) and Major Clay McElheny(MAT Secondary Education 2009), both teachers from Georgia Military College, accompanied their Odyssey of the Mind team to State, winning first place and then competing at the World level and winning second place.

Odyssey of the Mind, an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities, provides an avenue for allowing students to strengthen critical skills in all of these areas.  Teams of students apply their creativity to solving problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

Each team then presents their solution in the form of an 8-minute skit.

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From: The Chattanoogan.com

St. Peter's Episcopal Appoints New Head Of School

Monday, January 28, 2013
St. Peter’s Episcopal School’s board of Trustees announced the appointment of Donna S. Mallett, Ed. S. as the new Head of School. Mrs. Mallett brings more than 20 years of education experience to St. Peter’s.  Most recently, she served as Principal at Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, GA and also Head of School at St. George’s Episcopal School, Milner, GA.  Her broad prior experience also includes serving as Accreditation Team Chairperson for the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  Mrs. Mallett succeeds Kathy Lanza who is retiring after serving St. Peter’s for 31 years.

Local educator creates nonprofit to improve lives

MILLEDGEVILLE — When Dianna Hornsby Perdue returned from her second trip to Haiti in December 2012, she grew inspired and motivated to help make a difference in the lives of less fortunate Haitian educators, children and families. With the support of husband Jared Perdue, Dianna established her own nonprofit organization to provide L.O.V.E. (Life, Opportunity, Verse and Education) for Haiti. 

“We always take for granted how much we have and blessed we are to live in a wealthy nation. Once you’ve seen the conditions in Haiti in person, you can’t ignore it anymore,” she said “When my husband and I went initially in September, it just opened our eyes to want to branch out and establish our own organization. I decided it was something I wanted to continue to pursue.”

Perdue visited Haiti in September and December last year to provide shoes and clothing donated by the community and her Creekside Elementary School family through the Soles4Souls organization, collecting 1,079 pairs of shoes and more than 1,000 pounds of clothing during the drive.

“My initial reaction when we drove through the capital Port-au-Prince, I thought it would be sadness, but it was anger. In America we’re so sheltered from blight of other people in the world. There’s an extreme amount of poverty, and children are malnourished; it was a calling for something I needed to do,” said Perdue, a Creekside educator and the 2013 Baldwin County Teacher of the Year. “As a teacher myself with a passion for helping children, the trip inspired me even more to dedicate as much time and energy as I could to provide assistance with the projects needed over there.”

The Perdue family founded L.O.V.E. for Haiti in March to provide financial support and resources for a small non-government elementary school in Montrouis, Haiti, about two hours northwest from Port-au-Prince.

“In America you go to school for free. In Haiti, you have to pay to go to government school. Most families can’t afford it, let alone the uniforms and school supplies,” Dianna said. “The school in Montrouis is holding school in a building that is not a completed structure. We’re trying to raise money to help them to finish the building and provide teaching materials and food for the children. There are about 45 students and eight teachers who volunteer to teach without pay. These teachers have bound together to provide these kids an opportunity to learn. We try to send them money, even $20 a week to keep them motivated. They try to feed these children at least three times a week, but it depends on their financing, and for a lot of the kids that’s the only meal they receive.”

Through fundraising events, sponsorships and travel opportunities, L.O.V.E. for Haiti is working to collect money and supplies for Haitian people. Upcoming events include:

• Kids carnival — from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in the parking lot of Pickle Barrel Cafe, youth can enjoy snow cones, face painting, a bounce house and games as well as participate in a coloring contest. Chances will be available to win Pickle Barrel gift certificates and the restaurant will donate 10 percent of its profits collected during the event to the organization;

• Bowling tournament: From 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Baldwin Bowling Center, an entry fee of $25 per person includes three games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, drink, a raffle ticket and chances to win multiple door prizes throughout the family-fun event. The raffle will include two gift baskets from Monograms & More and gift certificates from The Brick and Buffington’s. Platinum level sponsors include Crank-n-Charge, Computers Plus and Baldwin Builders Supply; and

• June First Friday — starting around 6 p.m. Friday, June 7 in downtown Milledgeville, L.O.V.E. for Haiti will sell snow cones.

“It’s very difficult to send things to Haiti because they don’t have a mail system and it’s expensive. We appreciate people’s donations, but we really need the money,” Dianna said. “We’re trying to collect boys basketball shorts in all sizes, from three to adult male, because we’re partnering with another organization to have a clothes distribution. People can donate items during one of the upcoming events.”

The Perdues and Dianna’s, parents Ricky and Kim Hornsby, will travel to Haiti June 29 and return July 6. The nonprofit recently sent $1,800 to help fund the construction of a bathroom with plumbing, and preparation work for improvement projects at the school during the summer.

“Just our plane tickets alone were $3,000 for the four of us plus we need money for lodging, food while we’re there, and money for the projects themselves. Our total goal is $7,000,” Dianna said. “The projects include building a new roof, installing metal doors, buying a year’s worth of math and reading workbooks for every child in the school, and provide money for two or three months of salary and food for the teachers and students. Our goal this summer while we’re there is my dad and husband will build a new roof for the school with a Haitian team while mom and I play games with the students and also teach an English class to Haitian adults who are learning English.”

Dianna is already planning her fourth trip in October to continue L.O.V.E. for Haiti’s mission in creating change.

“I would like to take two or three trips a year to continue working on the school some more. We’re partnering with Project House of Hope out of Atlanta to plan multiple trips in the next year. I’m hoping we will be able to stucco the outside of the school and paint it,” she said. “Haitian people as a whole are so hardworking and grateful for everything they have because they have so little. About 80 percent of Haitians live under the poverty line and only 53 percent of Haitians can read and write. Kids are just so excited to see Americans; they latch onto you and seeing their little faces light up is amazing.”

For more information about the organization, to donate funds or supplies, email dianna@love4haiti.com, visit www.love4haiti.com, or like the Love for Haiti Facebook page.



News Release

For Immediate Release:  October 17, 2013                                                            
(Release #2013/14-101)

Contact: Beth McLaughlin, Director of Community & School Affairs, 478-988-6390, ext. 0, Beth.McLaughlin@hcbe.net

Miller’s Kendra Castelow ~ GATESOL Regional Liaison & Member-at-Large 


HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Kendra Castelow, Miller Elementary School English to Speakers of Other Languages teacher, has been selected as a Regional Liaison for the Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (GATESOL) and as a Member-at-Large on the Executive Board.  She serves Regions 8, 9 and 12.  Her term is through 2014.  Castelow will also present at the 2013 GATESOL Conference at the Marriott in Buckhead on Oct. 25 and 26. 


“I am honored to collaborate with and network among the caliber of educators involved in Georgia TESOL,” commented CASTELOW.  “My desire to be an expert and leader in the field of ESOL has increased due to my attendance at the Executive Board meetings and the Georgia TESOL conferences and my fulfillment of all related duties.  Communicating with people from diverse linguistic, cultural, and racial backgrounds is extremely intriguing and invigorating, so I am pleased to give my time and attention to the platforms of Georgia TESOL. My participation with Georgia TESOL and work as an ESOL teacher have become vehicles for change in my professional life and in my partnerships with ESOL families and the general community. I am thrilled to work cooperatively with such an organization as Georgia TESOL, and I believe in helping other educators to make a difference in the classrooms and communities of English Language Learners.”


The purpose of GATESOL is to encourage professional development, participation and leadership within the state of Georgia; provide opportunity for study and research; work cooperatively toward the improvement of instruction in all programs which seek to provide students with an opportunity to acquire English language skills and proficiency; and promote an understanding of the cultures of non-native speakers of English.  A non-profit organization, GATESOL originated in the early 1980s.


Castelow has been a Regional Liaison since 2010 and is also co-editor of an online journal.  As an Executive Board Member, she reviews and scores grant applications to GATESOL.  Duties and responsibilities of a Regional Liaison include: share and disseminate information among 16 regions and the Executive Board; encourage membership; foster professional development; identify and involve future leadership; promote publicity of GATESOL and its annual conference; submit articles for the newsletter; attend a minimum of one Board meeting a year; answer questions or concerns in the region, as well as present any concerns to the Executive Board; be informed about issues concerning political/legislative initiatives that affect English Language Learners in Georgia.


Miller Elementary is located at 101 Pine Valley Drive in Warner Robins.  Dr. Gwendolyn Pearson-Kilgore serves as principal.  For more information, please visit http://www.gatesol.org/

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