Education: Update on Floyd County Schools transfers. Darlington salutes faculty, staff. GNTC has 8 students in National Leadership Online Experience. Scholarship for RHS’ Beeman.

Education: Update on Floyd County Schools transfers. Darlington salutes faculty, staff. GNTC has 8 students in National Leadership Online Experience. Scholarship for RHS’ Beeman.

From Floyd County Schools: The Intra-District transfer window will open for all students currently attending a Floyd County school to apply for a transfer to a different school within the school system on Monday, June 1 and close on Monday, June 15, at 3 p.m.

A parent or guardian may request to have a child transferred to another school within Floyd County Schools as long as the school system has determined that there is available classroom space at the school after all assigned students have been enrolled. Currently, projected enrollment figures indicate that all Floyd County Schools have limited space available for transfers. It should be noted that available classroom space does not exist at all grade levels at all schools and could change as enrollment for students within the district increases during the summer.

Please keep in mind, if a child is transferred to another school in the district, the parent or guardian assumes all costs and responsibilities related to the transportation of the child to and from school. Also, a student may not apply to attend a school that does not have courses necessary for that student’s graduation, or a school that does not have a program with the services in the student’s existing individualized education plan.

Another important factor to consider before applying for transfer would be eligibility in sports or extracurricular activities. Students involved in extracurricular activities and sports should carefully consider their eligibility according to rules of the individual programs and the rules and regulations of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA), prior to applying for a transfer. Such transfers may negatively impact a student’s ability to participate in a sport or activity.

Information about transfer options for all students and transfer application forms are available on the Floyd County Schools Web site at or at the Central Office of Floyd County Schools on Riverside Parkway. Transfer applications for the 2020-2021 school year must be submitted to Floyd County Schools at the central office building on Riverside Parkway by 3 p.m. Monday, June 15, for all students. All details regarding options for students are available on the Floyd County Schools’ Website.


Darlington School honored outstanding faculty and staff members at the final faculty meeting, hosted via Google Meet, today. These awards are typically presented at the Brown Faculty Appreciation Dinner, hosted annually by the Board of Trustees, and Honors Day.

The following faculty and staff members were recognized for their anniversaries: Cristy Baldwin, Shelley Daniel, Kaitlin Ward, Lindsay Woods, Julia Douglas (’07), Matt Larry, Elisabeth Lawson, Derek Fine, Becca Wood, Kim Hawkins, Beth Wardlaw, 5 years; Christie Atkins, Paul Bell, Darcy Liddle, Gregg Marshall, Steve McConnell, Matthew Peer, Jennifer Sikes, Julie Fine, 10 years; Leslie Finley (’85), Bebe Cline, Jody Deaton, Eddie Guth, Virginia Guth (’79), 15 years; Wendy Payne, John Cox, Jan Harrison, Randy Smith, 20 years; Kevin Ivester, 25 years; Kathy O’Mara, 35 years.

An Edward M. Beachum (’63) Master Teacher Award was presented to Cristy Baldwin, chair of the world languages department. The is award honors a member of the faculty who has accomplished something exceptional in his or her teaching, devoting time beyond the call of duty to students and to the teaching profession. This accomplishment may be in the form of extraordinary efforts to build student character or in the form of innovative programs. Established in 2004 by Mary (McCamy) Beachum (’63T), Robert A. Beachum (’94) and Julia Beachum, the Edward N. Beachum (’63) Master Teacher Award honors the Darlington alumnus and faculty member (1972-1989).

The George W. Awsumb Faculty Award was presented to Matt Enderle, Upper School math teacher. Established anonymously in 1999 by a Darlington alumnus, the Awsumb Award is presented to a faculty member who exemplifies a personal commitment to the education and well-being of the superior and average student alike. This commitment is demonstrated by the unselfish desire of the faculty member to instruct and challenge students in both a professional and enthusiastic manner and by the ability of the faculty member to raise the overall level of education and quality of life at Darlington. The commitment is further demonstrated by the unselfish giving of time and energy to many diverse extracurricular activities and by the ability of the faculty member to empower his or her students with self-confidence and instill in them the desire to learn while not only at Darlington, but also for a lifetime. The award is given in the spirit of George W. Awsumb, Darlington faculty member from 1962-2009.

An R.M. Yankee Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Melissa Smyly, Upper School English teacher. This award is given to honor Helen B. and Richard M. Yankee for 46 years of faithful service to Darlington. Nominated by the members of the four bodies of student leadership, the recipient is a faculty member who represents the ideals of scholarship, commitment, and dedication to young people both in and out of the classroom.

An Oscar Betts (’19) Master Teacher Award was presented to Al Shorey, chair of the math department. Nominated by members of the graduating class, this award recognizes the outstanding achievements and performance teacher from any division with a cash award.

James Douglas Brown Jr. Faculty Awards were presented to Kristen Bell, Pre-K to 8 learning specialist; Jennifer Collins, content manager in the Communication Office; Doug Hamil, head of Moser House; and Bebe Zazzaro, Pre-K to 8 counselor. Nominated by colleagues, a Brown Award recipient is one who has served the school well, in a competent and skillful manner, and one who has an interest in and a dedication to his or her work with the school and with the students. Brown Awards are endowed by Mr. and Mrs. James Douglas Brown of Ozark, Ala., in memory of their son, James Douglas Brown Jr.

Departing faculty and staff members were also recognized, including Rene Blackburn, Jon Callahan, Chris Williams and Lindy Williams.

In the next few weeks, eight Georgia Northwestern Technical College students will compete in the Phi Beta Lambda 2020 National Leadership Online Experience, which will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tatiana Edwards

According to Trish Wiggins, GNTC Student Life coordinator, every GNTC student who entered the state competition held in April qualified for the national competition. Six students from the Floyd County Campus and two from the Whitfield Murray Campus worked individually or in teams of two to take the top three spots in their respective categories.

“We are especially proud that all of our students who competed at the state level placed and will be competing in the National competition virtually,” Wiggins said. “These students worked hard and worked together during a time that has made collaboration a difficult task.”

According to GNTC student Tatiana Edwards, a Logistics and Supply Chain Management major, the competition utilized Facebook to create a conference setting. This setting helped create a virtual office from home which was not included in previous competitions. The events were well planned with the organizers sticking to rigorous schedules and professionalism, said Edwards.

“With all the obstacles, being able to complete the competition and place is an amazing feeling and I cannot wait to see what the national competition has in store for us,” said Edwards.

Raul Soto

For GNTC student Raul Soto, a Logistics and Supply Chain Management major, the student organization has impacted his education by giving him the tools needed to properly engage in the business world. To him, it has been a privilege to participate in the organization and represent PBL at the state level.

“I am honored to be representing Georgia Northwestern, PBL and those who have helped me get to where I am now in the national competition,” said Soto. “In the past year while attending GNTC and participating in Phi Beta Lambda, I have been fortunate to meet some great people who have driven me to succeed.”

The 2020 National Leadership Online Experience, which was originally to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, will run through the month of June with winners to be announced in mid-July. The students who will be competing are listed by their event and where they placed in the state competition

From the Floyd County Campus:

Jose Gonzalez and Vikramjit Singh, first place in Marketing Analysis and Decision Making. The pair also took second in Management Analysis and Decision Making. Tatiana Edwards and Amber Grant took first place in Management Analysis and Decision Making. Grant placed second in the Human Resources individual event. Jennifer Still placed third in the Management Concepts and Retail Management events.

From the Whitfield Murray Campus:

Raul Soto placed second in the Retail Management competition and Zitlali Aguilar Moreno took first in the Job Interview event.

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