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Legacy of Excellence gala celebrates top teachers and staff

Elkins Pointe principal honored as district's 'Principal of the Year'

Elkins Pointe Middle School Principal Melinda Springman receives a custom jersey from Harry the Hawk, mascot for the Atlanta Hawks basketball team, as Fulton Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa looks on. Springman was honored as the Fulton School System's "Principal of the Year" for 2013 during the Legacy of Excellence luncheon Nov. 8.
December 18, 2013
ATLANTA – Top staff from schools across the Fulton County School System were honored during the annual Legacy of Excellence awards luncheon Nov. 8 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Melinda Springman from Elkins Pointe Middle School in Roswell was recognized as the district's Principal of the Year for 2013. She was escorted into the gala by members of the Roswell High School drumline, and presented the award by last year's recipient, Principal Dan Sims of Tri-Cities High School.

As the district's top principal, Springman received a variety of gifts, including the lease to a new car for the next year. Over the next year, she will represent Fulton County Schools in leadership situations at the local and state level, providing a voice for the district's principals and administrators.

Last spring, principals from the 100 schools in Fulton County were asked to nominate a peer who exemplified the school system's beliefs and mission. From those nominations, four finalists were chosen from each of the district's learning communities – Joy Schroerlucke of Holcomb Bridge Middle School (Northeast Learning Community), Springman (Northwest Learning Community), Ivy Freeman of Dunwoody Springs Elementary School (Central Learning Community) and Carlene Millen of Palmetto Elementary School (South Learning Community).

"I am so thankful for the recognition of our hard work at Elkins Pointe Middle School," said Springman, the principal at the school since 2011. "I am blessed to work with a team of passionate, focused educators both within my school and throughout the Fulton County School System."

Also honored at the gala was school resource officer Ron Willhite of Milton High School who was recognized as the district's School Professional of the Year.

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