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  • February Minutes

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 3/13/2015
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    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 3/3/2015
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  • December Meeting Minutes

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 1/16/2015
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    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 1/16/2015
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  • October Minutes

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 11/21/2014
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  • September Minutes

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 10/20/2014
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  • August Minutes/September Summary

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 9/12/2014

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  • Election Information

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 9/2/2014

    The Mary Lin Local School Council is holding elections!


    All parents are eligible to vote.  There are five open slots and twelve candidates, whose bios you can view below.


    For the first time, you may vote electronically at  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.


    The 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 Allen

    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

    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

    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. 


    Colin Heydt

    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.


    Tamara Jones

    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 my concerns.


    I hope to be able to work with all of you on the continuous improvement of our school.


    Kathryn Lawler

    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.


    Rob Meyer

    I 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

    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). 


    Janet Patton

    I 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 Chicago.

    I 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.

    Anne Steib

    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 renovation. 


    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 treats.


    Patrick Sullivan

    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

    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 30A. 

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  • Approved May Minutes

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 8/21/2014
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  • Summary of August's Meeting

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 8/21/2014
    Summary of August's Meeting
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