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ABOUT US

MISSION

ELEVATING EDUCATION

In 2014, roughly half a million teachers left the field of education in the United States. Of the many new teachers who enter the field each year, 40-50% of them will leave the classroom within the first five years of their career.

The Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) understands how critical teacher and leader quality is to ensuring that every child receives an excellent education. We know that excellent educators must remain in classrooms and schools in order to elevate the profession as a whole, and to attract like-minded educators to our region.

To that end, our mission is to elevate public education by identifying excellent educators and empowering them to expand their impact.

CORE BELIEFS

  • Excellent educators are critical in ensuring strong academic outcomes for students.

  • Educators' impact and achievements go largely unrecognized and many educators are not fully empowered to support their students.

  • Through recognition, empowerment, and financial support, excellent educators can multiply the impact of their efforts and elevate the quality of public education in Atlanta and beyond.

HISTORY

In 2015, the AFAEE expanded its impact to include:

AFAEE 5 Districts

Atlanta Public Schools, Cobb County Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Fulton County Schools and Gwinnett County Public Schools.

IMPACT

  • 86% AFAEE Award Winners Still Teaching in Schools /50 respondents
  • 95% AFAEE Award Winners Still Impacting Education /50 respondents

AFAEE PROJECTS FUNDED

STEAM 48%
Culture and Community Impact 16%
Literacy 13%
Environmental 9%
21st Century Skills/Leadership Development 9%
Health and Wellness 5%

AFAEE PROJECTS FUNDED

A group of committed, thoughtful community leaders work together to accomplish the mission and goals of the Atlanta Families Awards.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHAIR
Shelby Senzer, Babiators
VICE CHAIR
Dr. Rubye Sullivan, Atlanta Public Schools
TREASURER
Ted Griffith, Direct Hits Publishing
SECRETARY
Katie Michaels McDowell*, Atlanta Public Schools

Will duPont, Think Interactive
Molly Eskew, Civic leader
Simms Jenkins, Brightwave Marketing
Ed Michaels*, McKinsey (retired)
Prescott Miller, RoundHill Capital
Ryan Shepard, City of Atlanta
Megan Watson, Civic leader

STAFF
Kori Sanchez Smith, Executive Director
Justin Bradshaw, Development Coordinator

ADVISORY COUNCIL

John Ahmann, Atlanta Committee for Progress
Cannon Carr, Corner Capp Investments
Erroll Davis, Past Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent
Rob Fortson, McGuireWoods
Shannon Gaggero, A Striving Parent Blog
Shayna Gaspard, Nonprofit Consultant
Robyn Kranz, Brownieland Pictures
Kenny Kraus, Atlanta Public Schools
Cynthia Kuhlman, CF Foundation, Inc.
Benjamin Portman
Jolie Maxwell, SunTrust
Kelley York, Metro RESA

DISTRICT LIAISONS

Debbie Cate, Gwinnett County Schools
Samantha Evans, Fulton County Schools
Dr. Sherry Everett, DeKalb County Schools
Amber Stewart, Atlanta Public Schools
Dr. Grant Rivera, Cobb County Schools

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