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President's Message

Dr. Deborah Paine

Dear Middle Level Educator,
Thank you for taking the time to visit the Georgia Association for Middle Level Education (GAMLE) 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 Association for Middle Level Education provides middle grades teachers in Georgia opportunities to network with middle level educators across the state, opportunities for professional growth, and access to resources designed for the middle grades.
The Georgia Association for Middle Level Education is proud to serve as the sole organization representing the middle level educators in our state. We host an outstanding state conference 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. 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 GAMLE membership or your school must be an institutional member in order to be eligible. Look for the nominations and applications deadlines available here. Please consider taking 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 link on our webpage and apply for a team visit.
As a member of the Georgia Association for Middle Level Education, you receive information on middle grades topics via our Facebook and Twitter feed. Among the privileges of membership in GAMLE are discounted conference fees, opportunities to present at our conference, and eligibility to apply for grants and awards sponsored by GAMLE. We also produce newsletters throughout the year that are sent to members. 
I encourage you to join GAMLE! 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 GAMLE family today!

We look forward to learning with you!


Dr. Deborah Paine


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Board of Directors

First Name Last Name BOD POSITION Primary Email Work location Work location address School phone #
Brad Bowling Northeast Liaison brad.bowling@barrow.k12.ga.us Barrow County Schools Winder, GA 678-425-2824
Jolain Brownell Northwest Liaison jolainbrownell@pickenscountyschools.org Pickens Junior High School Jasper, GA 706 – 253 – 1830
Dolly Gill Southwest Liaison gilldo@lee.k12.ga.us Lee County Middle School – West Leesburg, GA 229-903-2140
Erica Fox President-Elect ericafox84@gmail.com Fulton County Schools Atlanta, GA  
Kathleen Mccaffrey Metro West Liaison MccaffreyK@fultonschools.org Ridgeview Charter Middle School Atlanta, GA 404-314-4217
Camille McElroy Co-Director GA Lighthouse STW cami_@bellsouth.net   Cummings, GA 770-205-2823
Angela McManigal Southeast  Liaison amcmanigal@camden.k12.ga.us St Marys Middle School (Camden CO) St Marys, GA 912-882-8626
Nancy Mizelle Treasurer nancy.mizelle@gcsu.edu Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 478-445-6555
Deborah Paine President dgpaine@valdosta.edu Valdosta State University Valdosta, GA 229-333-5611
Stacie Pettit Central East Liaison spettit@augusta.edu Augusta University Augusta, GA 706-294-9136
John Pritchett State Department Liaison jpritchett@doe.k12.ga.us Georgia Department of Education Atlanta, GA 470-755-1908
Willam (Neal) Tam Past-President tamw@mcduffie.k12.ga.us McDuffie County Board of Education Thomson, GA 706-986-4033
Kathy Thompson College Liaison kthompso@uga.edu University of Georgia Athens, GA 706-542-4244
Amanda Wall POMLE Liaison; Newsletter editor awall@georgiasouthern.edu Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA  
    CMLA Liaison   University of Georgia