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Ten CHS seniors sign certificates of intent on Future Educators Signing Day
Cali Jones

Ten Carrollton High School seniors who have decided to study education in college signed certificates of intent at the Georgia Future Educators Signing Day May 17.

 

 

Avery Brown is attending Jacksonville State University. Seated with Avery is her mother, Meri, and sister, Adalis Brown. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

Kadence Collins is attending the University of West Georgia. Seated with Kadence is her grandmother Lisa Collins. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

Olivia Crews is attending the University of West Georgia. Seated with Olivia is her mother, Amy Lackey. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

Emma Hudson is attending the University of West Georgia. Seated with Emma are her parents, Joel and Lori Hudson. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

Natalie Johnson is attending Kennesaw State University. Seated with Natalie is Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist. Standing is Ian Lyle, CHS principal. 

 

 

Lexi Laye is attending the University of West Georgia. Seated with Lexi is her mother, Jennifer O’Neal. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

 

Marisa Lopez is attending the University of West Georgia. Seated with Marisa is her mother, Deana Lopez. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

 

Madison Mosier is attending the University of West Georgia. Seated with Madison are her parents Brian and Kristen Mosier. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

Briley Sims is attending Jacksonville State University. Seated with Briley is her mother, Beth. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

Jackson Waldroup is attending the University of West Georgia. Seated with Jackson is his mother, Shannon. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

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Senior Adulting Day prepares CHS students for next steps
Julianne Foster

Long-time CHS teacher Mark McCormick, known for wearing a bow tie every day, demonstrated how to tie neckties and bow ties first on himself and then helped students with their own hands-on practice to perfect the techniques.


Common life skills preparation featured at 16 stations

CHS culinary arts teacher Carmen Dill explains to students the anatomy of the formal dinner table to not only teach them how to set it, but also to teach them how to use the arrangement in case they are ever invited to a formal dinner setting.
 

Before the month of May is over, graduating seniors officially will enter the world of adulthood – even if they aren’t quite ready – but this year Carrollton High School decided to do something about that by launching what is sure to become a special addition to graduation preparation.

The inaugural Senior Adulting Day was held May 6 in the Pope-McGinnis Student Activity Center. The event featured 16 different stations for seniors to visit to learn anything from sewing on a button to changing a tire to understanding the basics on how to take out a loan to buy a car. PHOTOS

CHS Assistant Principal and Career, Technical and Agricultural Director Elizabeth Sanders headed up the event with help from other school support staff who work closely with students on a daily basis.

“Our principal, Ian Lyle, came up with the idea and charged a group of CHS staff members to organize and facilitate the event,” said Sanders, who received assistance from Courtney Walker, assistant principal; Sally Ingui, career specialist; and Kristin Cochran, the school coordinator for Partners for Advancing Student Success.

One of the popular hands-on activities was learning how to tie a tie, taught by the iconic CHS teacher known for wearing a bow tie every day – Mark McCormick, long-time social studies teacher. 

McCormick demonstrated how to tie a necktie and bow tie and then tied the two types on individual students. Students then practiced on each other to perfect their technique. Briley Sims was one of those students. She said his station was one of her favorites.

“Today has been fun,” she added. “It’s good to know these things for the future and it’s good to learn them now before we head to college. I’ve enjoyed the more interactive stations the best.”

Learning how to sew on a button was another popular station that made students feel accomplished once they succeeded in the task.

“The senior students were very engaged during the event,” said Sanders. “During the planning phase, we really tried to alternate hands-on and listening stations so the students kept their engagement throughout the duration of the event. The volunteers did an amazing job with teaching the seniors skills they should know upon graduation. The students were very respectful and engaged in every single station.” 

Other stations included details about obtaining insurance, maintaining HVAC systems, correcting a tripped electrical breaker, setting a formal table (and how to practice proper dining etiquette), writing a check, understanding credit cards, dressing professionally, understanding basic construction skills, understanding professional interaction skills, filing taxes,  maintaining fitness and health, and how to find a good, affordable place to live.

“We are very excited to continue this event for years to come and continue to grow the event on more life lessons we want to instill in our students during the last few days they are with us at Carrollton High School,” said Sanders.

One of Senior Adulting Day skills taught that day will come in handy right out the gate – how to write a thank-you note.
 

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Board of Education recognizes 2022 retirees for dedicated service
Julianne Foster

At the May meeting of the Carrollton Board of Education, district leaders celebrated 13 retirees for their years of service. Retirees pictured from left: Front row- Susan Buttorff, Kim Hungerford, Cindy Lamb and Robbin Smith. Back row- Cindy Cantrell, Tanya McCall, Jennifer Gunnells and Sally Ingui. Retirees not in attendance were Ruth Williamson, Suzie Standifer, Melanie Shackleford, Tracy Rainwater and Mike Lewis.

Teachers, support staff honored May 10

District and school leadership and colleagues alike paid tribute Tuesday night to 13 Carrollton City Schools teachers and support staff who have announced their retirement at the end of this school year.
 
The Carrollton Board of Education traditionally honors upcoming retirees for their years of distinguished service at its May board meeting. The event was held in the Mabry Center for the Arts before an audience of family and friends who joined in the celebration.
 
School leaders presented the retirees separately and offered detailed chronologies about their professional lives. Colleagues also participated by providing their own tributes about the people who they worked alongside every day. The retirees and a few words about each are featured below:
 
MELANIE SHACKLEFORD, Carrollton Elementary School
 
Melanie Shackleford devoted her working life to three decades in the classroom, serving a wide array of children from students with special needs to the youngest “Tiny Trojans” – pre-kindergarteners  – for the past 10 years. Kimberly Rivers, a Pre-K teacher she most recently served alongside as a paraprofessional, said Shackleford’s presence is sorely missed. “She was my right hand and could be trusted with anything –  big or small,” said Rivers. At retirement, Shackleford and her husband of 36 years, Jim, moved to Palm Harbor, Fla., where they enjoy the beach and spending time with their children, Sara and Andrew, and grandson Parker.

CINDY CANTRELL, Carrollton Upper Elementary School
 
Cindy Cantrell has worked for the district for 20 years as a speech-language pathologist, serving children most recently at CUES, but also supported students at CES, CJHS, CHS, and the Burwell program. Prior to Carrollton City Schools, she served schools in Cedartown, Paulding County and Oxford, Ala. A fellow speech-pathologist now retired, Missy Sullivan, had this to say about Cantrell: “She has touched the lives of so many children over the 20 years she has worked here, serving more than 1,200 children and has evaluated too many to count.  She is an amazing team player who has always stepped up to help others who need it and has been a fabulous friend and mentor.” 
 
CINDY LAMB, Carrollton Upper Elementary School
 
A chance meeting with, as she puts it, “a charismatic gentleman by the name of Trent North” at a West Georgia College  job fair in 1999 brought Cindy Lamb, a fifth grade teacher at CUES, to Carrollton City Schools and she hasn’t looked back, retiring after 24 years in education. Routinely honored as a favorite teacher by former students during their senior year, Lamb met her husband-to-be, Randy Lamb, while both were students at Atlanta Christian College where he was studying to become a minister. His first assignment following graduation brought him to Villa Rica and Lamb enrolled at UWG to finish her bachelor’s degree in education and later earned a master’s from Piedmont College. “Empathy, patience, kindness - these are some of the characteristics any parent would want in a teacher,” said fellow retiree Tracy Rainwater. “Cindy Lamb has all of these and more. Students who are part of Cindy's class know they are  truly loved.” 
 
JENNIFER GUNNELLS, Carrollton Upper Elementary School
 
A tireless advocate for students with disabilities truly followed her calling, serving children for three decades as a special education teacher. Jennifer Gunnels first served these students at Central Middle School, but for the past 22 years, she has called Carrollton City Schools her home, primarily working with upper elementary grades. The Carroll County native earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education at West Georgia College and later a specialist degree at Jacksonville State. Her signature passion is Special Olympics and has been honored as Coach of the Year at the state level and served as a coach for Team Georgia in the National Special Olympics. “All you have to do is spend a few minutes in Jennifer Gunnells’ classroom to understand why we are so reluctant for her to retire,” said fellow special education teacher Amy Chapman. “Jennifer has been encouraging students with disabilities to do their best and reach their full potential. She is also a wonderful mentor to student teachers, new teachers and colleagues by giving them the confidence to build relationships and be successful from day one.”
 
 
TANYA McCALL, Carrollton Upper Elementary School
 
Tanya McCall’s first classroom was in the old Alabama Street School 32 years ago before a consolidated Carrollton Elementary School was even built. Her entire teaching career focused on student success in grades 4-6 and encompassed all subject areas. Her mastery of the academics was buoyed by her commitment to developing relationships with her students and their families that she will continue in retirement. “My career has been remarkable because I’ve taught siblings and children of many of my former students, making it so much easier for me to develop relationships with them and their parents,” she said. McCall’s devotion to this work also led to co-author the book, “No More Academics Without Positive Relationships,” with a UCLA professor and his teacher son and she has mentored dozens of colleagues over the years to pass along this passion for people.
 
 
TRACY RAINWATER, Carrollton Upper Elementary School
 
A Trojan since kindergarten, Tracy Rainwater is now retiring after three decades of teaching – and remained a Trojan the entire time. Over her career, Rainwater taught fifth grade for 20 years, fourth grade for eight, and spent the past year teaching sixth grade. A graduate of West Georgia College with two degrees, she began her career at Alabama Street School as a brand-new teacher  the year before it closed and gratefully lists a slate of colleagues who mentored her, now all retired. A current colleague, Freddy Bennett, now passes this torch of appreciation: ”Whether it be as a teaching partner or the teacher of my daughter, Tracy Rainwater has been such a joy and a blessing to work with,” he said. “When I was a young teacher, she always shared her thoughts and feelings on education as a whole and always offered great advice. Even now after so many years, I value her wisdom as well as her support as a colleague.” A sage reflection she shared as she approaches retirement is this: “It’s definitely true what they say – ‘the days are long, but the years are short.’” 
 
 
KIM HUNGERFORD, Carrollton Junior High School
 
As CJHS Principal Travis Thomaston noted, social studies teacher Kim Hungerford is “a kid magnet who is beloved by students from all walks of life.” This statement is supported by her success as a cheerleading coach and sponsor of the school’s Student Council, where she guided students on how to lead the school community and affect positive change. A graduate of Georgia State and the  University of West Georgia, she received the UWG Outstanding Mentor Award in 2016 for supporting and guiding many aspiring educators throughout her 17-year teaching career. Retired social studies teacher and former colleague  Janis Stallings said Hungerford “can reach students no one else can. They will confide in her when they won’t talk to anyone else, because they trust her. Her energy and enthusiasm kept her students hungry.”
 
 
SALLY INGUI, Carrollton High School
 
CHS Career Center Specialist Sally Ingui never went far from home during her 30 years in education, with the final 15 guiding students at her alma mater. The West Georgia College graduate’s background as an administrative assistant gave her the flexibility to wear many hats over the years – as a superintendent’s assistant, payroll manager, and overall student advocate. In reflecting on her career, Ingui said, “The brightest spots were being present when students would share the college acceptance they had hoped for, had received scholarships, big or small, and the honor of watching them graduate in May.” In her time at CHS, Ingui served as a sponsor for multiple honor societies and served as a liaison between the school and the community. “She is gracious and kind, always a team player, and has made our office a joyful place to work,” said CHS Assistant Principal Courtney Walker. “You will never catch Mrs. Ingui without a smile on her face.” 
 
 
MIKE LEWIS, Carrollton High School
 
Former CHS graphic arts teacher Mike Lewis retired after 25 years of service. He started the program for CHS in 1996 and kept the program industry-certified during his entire tenure. He also served as the school’s riflery coach and yearbook sponsor. CHS Assistant Principal and CTAE Director Elizabeth Sanders noted Lewis developed strong relationships with his students. “During Lewis's time as a teacher he still received golden apples (annual recognition from upcoming graduates) from previous students due to the impact he made on each student who walked in his classroom.”
 
 
RUTH WILLIAMSON, School Nutrition
 
After three decades working in the manufacturing realm, Ruth Williamson chose a second career literally serving hundreds of children each day as a member of the district’s School Nutrition team at three schools over her 12-year tenure – CES, CUES and CJHS. Director Laura Malmquist noted Williamson, who retired before the end of the school year, said “she especially misses the kids as she loved seeing them smile as they came through the line.” Malmquist said Williamson was also instrumental in developing the garden bars featured at the three schools and took great pride in keeping their appearance appealing and fully stocked. Williamson is actively involved in community endeavors, too, and is especially committed to the Carpenters for Christ ministry, and is looking forward to helping repair and rebuild homes this summer in Kentucky.
 
 
ROBBIN SMITH, School Nutrition
 
“The cornerstone of the CES cafeteria for the last 28 years,” as one colleague noted, is now happily retired, sitting on her front porch watching the world go by. Jane Raburn said Robbin Smith is missed, but that she’s glad “she is enjoying her much-deserved retirement.” Prior to joining the school system, Smith worked at Lamar Manufacturing Company for 14 years, but when the plant announced it was closing, she heard about an opening in School Nutrition and was hired by the consummate director, Nita Barr, now long since retired. “I found a common theme when talking to Robbin’s former managers, Jill Horsley and Keila Carter,” said current Director Laura Malmquist. “Both shared that Robbin was a hard worker, dependable, and always took care of other people.”
 
 
SUSAN BUTTORFF, Transportation
 
Susan Buttorf, affectionately known as “Butter,” is now enjoying retirement after driving a school bus for the district’s Transportation department for more than 11 years. Director Montrell McClendon said Buttorff  wanted to drive a school bus into her 80s, but her health had other plans “or she would still be behind the wheel today,” he said. “I really enjoyed her breakfast and dinner. Man, could she cook! I think she was ‘buttering’ me up and I didn’t even mind.”  He said Buttorff was dependable and always willing to help, even keeping a bag packed in case she would get a call to drive an overnight trip somewhere. “She also didn't mind telling you what she thought,” he said. “Her favorite line was ‘– and another thing.’”
 
 
SUZIE STANDIFER, Central Office
 
As an administrative assistant who served five principals and four assistant superintendents, Suzie Standifer knew deeply the inner workings of school administration and handled its challenges with gusto and grace. In her last assignment as administrative assistant for the assistant superintendent of Operations, Standifer handled the complicated details of major construction projects, keeping the chaos down to minimal interference. “Behind her quiet, calming spirit lies a drive to be successful in whatever she does,” noted colleague Pat Reynolds. “She would come in early and stay late to get the job done. As a friend, Suzie has the gift of making you feel special and is always there to support and help with whatever you need.” Standifer said her time at Carrollton City Schools was “a truly wonderful season in my life” and that the education it provided her three children was exceptional and for that she is grateful.
 

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