The Mary Lin Local School Council is
parents are eligible to vote. There are
five open slots and twelve candidates, whose bios you can view below.
the first time, you may vote electronically at http://bit.ly/1lz7EQ6. Paper ballots will also be coming home in
your child’s backpack. We encourage as
many people as possible to vote electronically to facilitate easy determination
of the election results.
deadline for submission of ballots, both electronic and paper, is 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 5, 2014. Votes submitted after this time will not be
counted. Paper ballots may be placed in
envelope in the front office or
given to an LSC officer (Tamara Jones, Sarah Cook, and Sherry Neal). Please do not return them to your teacher.
Nathan was born and
raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Nathan played baseball while working towards
his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Brown University in Providence,
RI. After graduating from Brown, Nathan attend law school at the Ohio
State University School of Law, and currently works as a Labor and Employment
attorney at Kutak Rock. Nathan and his wife, Lisa, have lived in Lake
Claire since 2006. Together, they are raising 4 boys, including two
current Mary-Lin attendees, one in pre-school, and an 11 month old. As a
father of four children who he plans on sending to public school, Nathan cares
deeply about Mary Lin and its families, and is fully committed to the Mary Lin
community and to making Mary Lin the gem of APS.
Cynthia Baer is seeking reelection
to the LSC after her first two year term. With two Mary Lin Graduates,
(now graduates of Inman and Grady) and a daughter in second grade, Cynthia has
had a long history with Mary Lin and the Grady Cluster. She understands
where Mary Lin has been and where it needs to be in order for our students to
transition effectively through APS. As a neighborhood realtor, she sees
firsthand how the perception of the quality of our schools affect the overall
community and will work to keep it desirable. She has held leadership
roles in Lake Claire and spent the last 4 years on the Board for DHUMP (Druid
Hills United Methodist Preschool), including a year as Chair. Her
strength is taking complex issues and breaking them down to simple concepts and
action items. Cynthia will continue to advocate for strong student
performance, strong community culture, and transparency between administration
and Mary Lin stakeholders.
Nancy Dorsner has lived in Lake Claire for (oh my
god, not that long!) over 15 years, with her husband, Dameion and her Mary Lin
4th grader, Dominic. She's owns a web design business which is one of the
sponsors of the Rocket Run every year. She does graphic design for the
Mary Lin Foundation, and she's a regular volunteer for our school book fairs.
She also spends way too much time on Facebook, so she's one of the
moderators for our parents Facebook page. She's running for LSC to help
our school live up to it's awesome potential.
My wife, Stephanie, and I moved to Candler Park
over five years ago. We have three children, Charles (2nd grade), Eleanor (1st
grade), and William (preschool). That puts us in year three of a ten year run
at Mary Lin! We moved to Atlanta for my wife's job as the curator of American
art at the High. I'm a philosophy professor at the University of South Florida
in Tampa (it's actually not that onerous or frequent a commute...). I've been a
member of the CPNO education committee since its inception, was a co-chair of
the CPNO sidewalk committee (we're making progress!), and have attended LSC
meetings regularly for the last few months. We love Mary Lin, care deeply about
education, and want to contribute where we can.
I have been honored to serve as a
member of our local school council for two years, the past year as Chair. My
oldest daughter entered Lin in 2007. She is now in 7th grade at Inman Middle School, and her brother
is in 6th grade. My
baby is in 1st grade.
I’ve witnessed a lot of change
during that time including changes in curriculum; the cheating scandal; a few
superintendents; and Lin finally getting our long overdue addition. I became
heavily involved in school issues during redistricting, including the long-term
adequacy of facilities for Lin as well as our middle and high school. I am an
architect and planner by profession, and my first year on LSC dealt largely
with these subjects.
This past year has been focused on
student achievement, communication, and our construction project. I am asking for your vote for another
two-year term on the LSC to continue building our school and the Grady cluster.
The impending change in operating model will require our input on
implementation measures. We need to continue the dialogue we have begun with
other cluster schools to collaborate on common concerns, best practices, and
other ways to support all of the students who will join together at Inman and
Grady. I also serve on the LSC at Inman. Ensuring that parents have a
clear understanding of what their students will be learning at each grade level
and have guidance on how they can support their child’s education is another of
I hope to be able to work with all
of you on the continuous improvement of our school.
I am the mother of Nora (5th)
and Milner (3rd) Ball and our family has been a part of the Mary Lin
Community since 2009 when Nora started kindergarten. I have volunteered at Mary
Lin in a variety of roles most regularly providing support in the classroom as
a room parent. I feel strongly that as beneficiaries of the hard work of the
parents and families who came before us, we have an obligation to employ the
same imagination, creativity, resourcefulness and commitment to make Mary Lin
better than we left it. Mary Lin has incredible assets and strengths. Our role
is to collectively unleash them and help each student and each teacher realize
their highest potential.
In my professional life I serve as the
Manger of Aging and Health Resources at the Atlanta Regional Commission,
providing supports and services to older and disabled adults in the 10 county
metro area. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Notre Dame and graduate
degree from Harvard University.
am a Mary Lin parent of two, a kindergartener and a 4th grader. By day I am a
partner in a Real Estate Development company which builds, and buys apartment
communities throughout the Southeast. I have lots of experience in
construction, finance, marketing, public relations, and most importantly
working on a team to solve problems! I
hope to be elected to the Mary Lin Local School Council because I have a great
desire to continue to be fully engaged in the education of our children at Mary
Lin (GO Rockets!), and do what I can to ensure that as a community we are doing
everything possible to get our kids what they need from the Atlanta Public
School System and our own Mary Lin administration
Merri Neff can bring both a
parent’s and a teacher’s perspective to the LSC. She has been an active Mary
Lin parent, serving as room parent for the last four years and a current member
of the PTA. Merri resides in Lake Claire with her husband Jon and their two children,
Sam (3rd grade) and Lily (K).
Currently serving as an adjunct
professor for the Tift College of Education at Mercer University, she
supervises student teachers at both the elementary and middle school levels,
offering vital feedback and support during their final phase of course work.
She received her BS in Chemistry and Masters of Arts in Teaching from Spring
Hill College in Mobile, AL. Following four years teaching sixth grade
math and science in Mobile, she moved to Atlanta to further her career at the
Atlanta Girls School. During her tenure there, Merri developed and wrote
the curriculum for the AP Chemistry program and taught upper school math
(Geometry and Algebra).
am a mother of a Mary Lin 1st grader, and a licensed clinical
psychologist who specializes in working with children and adolescents. I am currently the Director of the Regents
Center for Learning Disorders at GSU, and also have a small private practice
here in Atlanta. I have dedicated most
of my career to child and adolescent behavioral health, educational advocacy
and outcome research. I work with
families to help them understand and navigate the special education process
within the public school system, and have presented at multiple conferences regarding
closing the achievement gap for underserved populations. I have also been very
fortunate to serve as a Fellow in Child and Pediatric Psychology at the Yale
School of Medicine, and served as a Public Policy Fellow at Yale University’s
Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. Additionally, prior to my obtaining my doctorate, I was a special
education teacher for three years in the public school system in the suburbs of
am excited about the possibility of serving on the Local School Council at Mary
Lin. I am very passionate about
improving academic achievement for ALL students, and I believe working
collaboratively with all stakeholders in the educational process (parents
teachers, administrators and APS) allows for all voices to be heard, better
clarifies decision making and dissemination of information, and guides and
improves the quality of educational policy.
My name is Anne Steib,
better known as "Zoë's mom" (4th grade). We have been a Mary Lin
family since 2010, and live in Lake Claire. I am actively involved in
Mary Lin and the surrounding community. I firmly believe that a strong
community builds a strong school, and strong student achievement. I am
running for re-election to the Local School Council. I wish to continue
my work with the LSC, particularly my focus on advocacy for Special Education.
I have assured that Special Education was an agenda item for the past
term, and created a Special Education standing committee to focus on it's
unique issues within APS, and locally at Mary Lin. As a member of the
LSC, I actively advocated for Mary Lin and our cluster in the redistricting
process, and worked on the building committee for our addition and
In addition to my
involvement on the Local School Council, I have served as PTA Co-President
(2012-2013), where we initiated our own grassroots annual school fundraiser,
and PTA Parent Involvement Chair (2011-2012). I am the current producer
of the Mary Lin annual talent show, Linapalooza, and the creator and producer
of the Mary Lin Holiday Program, which is going into its second year. I
also serve as my daughter's room parent, and art room volunteer.
In addition to my
involvement at Mary Lin, I served as the Candler Park Fall Fest and 5K
Volunteer Coordinator for two years.
When I am not volunteering at school, I work as an entertainment
journalist, gluten-free consultant, and an obsessive baker of gluten-free
Patrick Sullivan — I am
a 43-year old Lake Claire resident, husband and father to a proud Mary Lin
first-grader, Emma (Ms Coleman’s class). I have lived in the Lake Claire
community for over 8 years, and have known the Candler Park and Lake Claire
communities for over 25 years since moving to Atlanta and attending Georgia
Tech in the late ’80’s. I am currently an account manager for an international
auto parts manufacturer, partnering daily with a Fortune 500 automotive parts
distributor headquartered in northwest Atlanta. The same skills, leadership and
ideas that I use everyday in collaboration and partnership between
corporations, internal teams and individuals are traits that I would love to
put to work as a member of the Mary Lin Local School Council.
Like many Mary Lin
parents, I have a strong sense of pride about our community. I believe strongly
in the generations of young minds that have built our school’s foundation and
reputation for decades past. I am confident that Mary Lin will be the core for
generations more sound minds that will cement Mary Lin’s legacy for decades to
come. However, that foundation does not replenish itself without a core basis
of solid communication, unwavering trust and continuous accountability from all
of Mary Lin’s parents, teachers, administrators and staff. I believe that I
have the energy, passion and willingness to continue building from within the
community, and within the Mary Lin organization, the strong character that our
community has enjoyed for decades from of its elementary school. I look
forward to working with our Council to exceed our student’s, staff’s and our
community’s expectations for achievement, performance and involvement.
This is certainly a
period of change and growth for Mary Lin. I believe that we need hard work,
honest, open communication, and a spirit of pride to keep the anchor of our
community continued in the right direction. I would gladly commit to each of
these and more as a parent member of the Mary Lin Local School Council.
Kelly Wirth is the proud mother of second grader
Hudson Wirth. Kelly is an enthusiastic resident of the Chandler Park
community and a small business owner in the city of Atlanta for 17 years.
Volunteer roles within Mary Lin include kindergarten and first grade room
parent, multiple book fairs, end of year picnic and activities, lunch room
detail, garden cleanup, fundraising efforts for the Home Run-a-thon, and leader
of the Cub Scouts Uniform Closet.
Kelly is running for the local school counsel
with special interests on curriculum advancement, teacher and faculty support,
and the completion of the building renovation. Personal hobbies include bike
riding, hiking, building puzzles, yurt dwelling and basking on the beaches of