May Celebrations in Cobb ELA

It’s May and time for celebrations! The 2019-20 school year has been chock-full in Cobb ELA, and we want to take a moment to highlight a few of the many outstanding accomplishments.

Carlos Barrera, an English educator at Sprayberry HS, wears many hats in Cobb and nationally. At Sprayberry, Mr. Barrera teaches a variety of classes in both the ISLA program and English department (led by department chair, Amy Pothel). He has worked with the College Board for years and most recently was named to the AP Lang Development Committee. The committee is comprised of three high school teachers and four college teachers representing all of North America, so this is quite an honor! Congratulations, Mr. Barrera, and thank you for representing Cobb on the national stage.

In conjunction with Mr. Barrera, Ms. Rosa Santaiti has spearheaded Sprayberry’s ISLA (International Spanish Language Academy)  program which is the only academy of its kind in the entire state. It offers an  exceptional opportunity in that it is open to both native speakers and students who are learning Spanish as a foreign language. Ms. Santaiti and Dr. Richmond Parker at Sprayberry originated this work, and the program is recognized both county-wide and at the state level for its ambitious and innovative approach to dual language instruction. Next year, Sprayberry’s English department is excited to add Brazilian-born Julia Moseley to the English department (by way of Argentina!). The collaboration between the ISLA program and English dept. at Sprayberry continues to produce exciting results!

In March, Pebblebrook’s own Dr. Whipple presented a panel talk presentation at the SXSWedu Conference in Austin, TX. The presentation, entitled, “Humanities & EdTech: The Case of Shakespeare,” explored how educators can apply modern approaches such as the power of multimedia, interactivity, diversity, and edtech tools to Shakespearean studies.  Thanks to Dr. Whipple and other Cobb teacher leaders such as Randy Brooks, Dr. Deborah Aughey, and Khadijah Abdullah for shining a light on Cobb statewide and nationwide.

And, last, but certainly not least, we’d like to honor our Cobb County Writing Fair winners for 2019. We had many district winners, and three students went on to win at the Metro RESA level. Second grader Olivia Klinker won for her essay “The Fairyland Adventure,” placing 3rd at the RESA level. Fifth grader Zoey Claire McSpadden won 3rd place at the RESA level with her essay “Ireland 1930,” and John Crutchfield, a third grader at Ford , won 1st place for his essay “The Pioneer’s Journey.” Congratulations to these Metro RESA level winners as well as all the CCSD level winners, and thanks to all who participated. To view a presentation of the CCSD winners, click here: CCSD Writing Fair 2019 Presentation

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