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Greene County Schools Superintendent, Teacher receive top honors at NABSE conference
GREENSBORO – Greene County School System Superintendent Dr. Barbara Pulliam Davis and Greene County High School social studies teacher Rotonya Rhodes received awards at the 2010 Annual National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) awards dinner. The awards ceremony was part of a three day national conference that drew thousands of educators and administrators from across the country.
Superintendent Davis received the Joseph E.
She believes that every child has a right to the highest quality edu-
Hill Superintendent of the Year Award. The
cation that we can provide them, and she works passionately to
award is bestowed upon current Superinten-
ensure that students will receive the education they deserve.
dents who have demonstrated a quality of
leadership that resulted in significant positive
Rhodes received the Mary McLeod
outcomes for students of African descent.
Bethune Outstanding Teacher Award.
The award is presented to teachers whose
County Schools in 2008. During her first six
innovative teaching techniques have led to
months, she worked with the Board of Educa-
an increase in student achievement through
tion to improve community relations, organize
and prioritize the ELOST Projects and renova-
tion work, and began working with parents and community to get
the school system’s Strategic Plan developed.
Rhodes attended Georgia College and State
Her career in education began as a high school teacher in a small
University where she earned her Bachelor
school district in Parchment, Michigan. Over the years she served
of Arts Degree in History. She later earned
as a high school principal and central office administrator prior to
a Master of Arts Degree in teaching Secondary Education from
becoming Associate Superintendent. She has worked as Senior
Georgia College and State University, and is currently pursuing a
Associate for Education and Non-Profit Programs at the Center for
Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Social Studies Education from the
the Creative Learning in Greensboro, North Carolina and Director
of School Support Service in the Chicago Public Schools, working
―Returning to my alma mater to teach economics has been a bless-
with 223 of the lowest performing elementary schools to develop
ing for me because it has allowed me the opportunity to inspire my
programs to increase student achievement.
students to reach for the stars while reminding them daily that there
Her career as Superintendent began in 1997, when she was selected
is no greater joy than service to your community,‖ said Rhodes.
to be the Superintendent of the St. Louis Park School District in
In 2007, Rhodes became the Chair of the high school’s social stud-
Minnesota. She left Minnesota in 2004, becoming the first woman
ies department. Also, during her first five years of teaching, she
ever to become Superintendent of the Clayton County Schools in
moved the high school’s End-of-Course Test (EOCT) scores in
Economics from 27 percent passing to over 80 percent passing. In
She has developed language immersion schools in two school dis-
the past two years, Rhodes’ students have scored 100 percent pass-
tricts as focused magnet and charter schools in her career. Over the
years, she has received millions of dollars in grant money for edu-
Rhodes has been named the Greene County School System Teacher
cational programs, including a grant from the Nabisco Foundation
of the Year for 2009-2010; the Greene County High School
and the Sara Lee Corporation, recently receiving a $2.3 million
Teacher of the Year for 2009-2010; Georgia Council on Economic
grant for Greene County Schools. She also was responsible for
Education—Economics Teacher of the Year Finalist for 2009-2010
implementing the first dual language immersion school (charter) in
and the Greene – Putnam County Rotary Teacher of the Month in
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