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President's Message

Dr. Neal Tam

TamDear Middle Level Educator!
Thank you for taking the time to visit the Georgia Middle School Association (GMSA) website. Not only have you chosen one of the most important professions, but you have elected to serve in the middle grades. Middle grades children are encountering more changes than any time since birth, and you play a crucial role in their development during this time. The Georgia Middle School Association provides middle grades teachers in Georgia opportunities to networking with middle level educators across the state, opportunities for professional growth, and access to resources designed for the middle grades.
The Georgia Middle School Association is proud to serve as the sole organization representing the middle level educators in our state. We host an outstanding state conference each year where teachers have opportunities to present on best practices from their classroom, attend sessions on new methods for student engagement, and network with other professional educators from across our great state. In addition, teacher grants, team of the year awards, and educator of the year awards are presented annually. Check out our website for more information on applying for grants or nominating one of your peers for an award. You must have either an individual GMSA membership or your school must be an institutional member in order to be eligible. Nominations and applications are typically due in late November, so be sure to take advantage of these opportunities to acknowledge the wonderful work being done in middle schools across Georgia.
Our association is also the primary sponsor for the Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch program. Do you think your school meets the criteria for this distinguished recognition? Check out the Lighthouse Schools to Watch application on our webpage and apply for a team visit.
As a member of the Georgia Middle School Association, you receive information on middle grades topics via our Facebook and Twitter feed. Among the privileges of membership in GMSA are discounted conference fees, opportunities to present at our annual conference, and eligibility to apply for grants and awards sponsored by GMSA. We also produce newsletters throughout the year that are sent to members. We are currently working to provide member’s only access to the Professional Treasure Trove. This member benefit contains numerous resources from Dr. John Lounsbury, the father of the middle school movement. You would not want to miss out on having access to these resources.
I encourage you to join GMSA! We are YOUR professional organization in Georgia. We share a love for young adolescents in the middle years. We also know that we need to support one another, share ideas that work, and be the advocate for middle grade children in our state. Join the GMSA family today!

Keep up the great work!!

Neal Tam, President

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Board of Directors


 Dr. William “Neal” Tam, Past-President
Director of Administrative Services
McDuffie County Schools
Thomson, Georgia 30824

Dr. Nancy B. Mizelle, Treasurer
Professor, Georgia College
Milledgeville, Georgia 31061

Dr. Brad Bowling, Northeast Liaison
Principal, Westside Middle School
Winder, Georgia

Ms. Camille McElroy, Co-Director GA LSTW
Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch
Retired Assistant Principal, Fulton County

Dr. Kathleen McCaffrey,  Metro East Liaison


Dr. John Pritchett, State Department Liaison
Georgia Department of Education
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Dr. Jesse Davis,  GAMSP Liaison, Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator
Principal, Feagin Mill Middle School
Warner Robins, GA 31088

Ms. Yvette Foster, President
Principal, Riverside Middle School
Evans, Georgia 30809

Ms. Maggie Jones
CMLA Liaisons
Georgia Southern
Statenville, GA

Ms. Pennie Fowler, Northwest Liaison
Principal, Pickens County Middle School
Jasper, GA  30143

Vacant, Metro West Liaison

Dr. Deborah Paine, President-Elect                                                                                                            Associate Professor, Valdosta State University
Valdosta, Georgia 31698

Dr. Amanda Wall, POMLE Liaison
Newsletter Editor
Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, Georgia 30460

Dr. Kathy Thompson, College Liaison                                                                                                          Professor, University of Georgia                                                                                        kathyfthompson@gmail.com

Dr. Linda Winfree, Southwest Liaison
Lee County Middle School East

Dr. Stacie Pettit, Central East Liaison
Associate Professor, Augusta University

Ms. Angie Daws, Central West Liaison

Dr. Angela McManigal, Southeast Liaison                                                                                      Principal, St. Mary’s Middle School Waycross

Dr. John H. Lounsbury
Dean Emeritus
Georgia College and State University
Milledgeville, GA 31601