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10.24.2012

Robert Heaberlin ’00 receives national award

University of Georgia College of Education alumnus Robert (Bob) Heaberlin ’00 principal of Lee Middle School in Coweta County, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) National Distinguished Educator Award. His wife, Jane ’73, also earned her B.S.Ed. in elementary education from UGA.

Heaberlin, who earned his doctorate in educational leadership at UGA, has served as president of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) and president of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals (GAMSP). He serves on both the GAEL Board of Directors and the GAMSP Board of Directors and is a member of the Georgia Middle School Association. From 2004-07, he served on the National Association of Secondary School Principals No Child Left Behind Task Force, for which he met with the United States House and Senate Education Committees and members of the U.S. Department of Education. He has advocated for additional funding in Georgia for schools that adhere to the middle school concept.

Heaberlin’s vision for Lee Middle School is to ensure the academic success and positive social growth of each student, and he encourages students to strive to exceed as scholars and citizens. 

In 2012, Lee Middle School was named a Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch and a National School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

Heaberlin was named the 2011-12 National Association of Elementary School Principals’  (NAESP) National Distinguished Middle School Principal of the Year,  and received the 2008 Dr. John Lounsbury Award—the highest award given by GAMSP. He was also named the 2006 Outstanding Middle Level Georgia Educator.  In February 2012, he was honored by the Georgia House of Representatives with a resolution honoring his accomplishments in education. 

Currently, he represents Georgia as the Federal Relations Director and State Leaders Representative for NAESP and travels to Washington, D.C. twice a year to meet with Congressional representatives to advocate for education.

The award, sponsored by Pearson, will be presented to Heaberlin on November 9, 2012, by the AMLE Foundation at the 39th Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Portland, Oregon.

I am extremely proud of Heaberlin’s representation of UGA. Since leaving the University, his list of accomplishments and awards seems never-ending. It is incredible to think of the positive impact his work has had on students at Lee Middle School, the state of Georgia, and the nation. I commend Heaberlin on his unbridled service to students, and I wish him the best. Go Dawgs!

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You will be asked to fill out a simple form and acknowledge your appreciation for your teacher's work, dedication and extra effort. Share a simple thank you or an anecdote to let that teacher know what you enjoyed about their class and why it was important to you. 

Click here to complete the Thank-a-Teacher form

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12.10.2014

Former UGA football player gives back to the community

In recent years, the Lumpkin Street School in Hawkinsville, Georgia, one of 500 Georgia equalization schools built for African-American students during segregation, has fallen into disrepair. The town’s Deacons and Stewards Association wants to turn the space into a community center and museum, and a former Georgia football player is helping to make that happen.

Charles Johnson (M ’08), through the Charles Johnson Foundation (CJF), has issued a $25,000 challenge grant to renovate the school. The challenge, which states that CFJ will donate $25,000 to match the $25,000 that the Deacons and Stewards Association raises, has been instrumental in gaining donations for the project from other organizations.

Charles Johnson teaches a basketball clinic in his hometown of Hawkinsville, Georgia, during the Charles Johnson Foundation’s annual Community Weekend.

This isn’t the first time Charles Johnson has helped out his hometown. The captain for the Carolina Panthers has donated funds to support Parent Cafes for single mothers, sponsored women to attend the Pulaski Tomorrow program, donated to other middle Georgia foundations, and has provided scholarships to Pulaski County students during his organization’s annual Community Weekend in Hawkinsville.

For more information about the Lumpkin Street School project and how you can help, please email Greg Brown

Thank you for helping preserve the history of Georgia, Charles! The UGA Alumni Association is proud of your accomplishments on and off the field.

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12.08.2014

Spotlight on a Bulldog Business: FotoIN

Class of 2014 40 Under 40 honoree Sly Barisic (MBA ’04) and his brother, James Gates (AB ’01, MPA ’04), founded FotoIN in 2012, an automated mobile and management solution for capturing, documenting and filing site photos to a customer's storage repositories. 

The startup is located in Atlanta and Zagreb, Croatia, Sly’s native country. It serves an array of industries, including construction, real estate and property management.

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