November 21, 2011 – LAN Systems, a leading Atlanta IT Consulting firm, CEO Mary Hester was the “Principal for a Day” at Simpson Elementary School in Norcross, Georgia. The program is a joint venture of the Gwinnett County Board of Education and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Its objective is to provide CEO-level business leaders a firsthand, authentic look at the operations of today’s schools and the principals who lead them. Leaders observe the rewards, challenges, and satisfaction that come with being the instructional and managerial leader of a modern public school.
Mary shadowed Ms. Bron-Gayna Schmit, Principal of Simpson EC, during her normal and very busy schedule. Starting by participating in the Blessing Breakfast, Mary had the pleasure of announcing the grants awarded to Simpson from the Norcross Cluster School Partnership. Mary serves on the NCSP Grants Committee. After breakfast, they moved to the media center for the morning television broadcast. Classroom visits, celebrating Thanksgiving with Indians and Pilgrims and a meeting with the Simpson PTA were the highlights of the day.
“I was able to share in two celebrations on my day as principal,” said Hester. “One celebration was for all our Thanksgiving blessings and the other to recognize Simpson Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon School. Ms. Schmit is a highly-engaged principal that is loved and admired by her staff, students and parents. It was an honor to spend the day with her.”
Simpson Elementary School is in Norcross, Georgia and serves over 900 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
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Gwinnett County remains one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States and has led the state of Georgia in job creation for the past five years. At the center of Gwinnett’s growth and development is the Gwinnett Chamber.
As one of the largest and most successful chambers in the Southeastern United States, the Gwinnett Chamber has a finger on the pulse of the community and is able to identify and target issues of importance to businesses in the county. Within the Chamber, businesses of all sizes have a strong voice and powerful impact on important community issues. For more information, visit: www.gwinnettchamber.org