Coweta Education Notes

Barron honored by Georgia House of Representatives

by Staff Reports

The Georgia House of Representatives honored Dr. Laurie Barron of Smokey Road Middle School – MetLife/NASSP National Middle Level Principal of the Year – with House Resolution 466 at the State Capitol last week.

The Coweta County Delegation, which includes state Representatives Lynn Smith (R-Newnan), David Stover (R-Newnan), Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) and Carl Von Epps (D-LaGrange) as well as state Senator Mike Crane (R- Newnan), led the House in its recognition ceremony.

“It is an honor to recognize the accomplishments of Dr. Barron,” said Rep. Smith. “I am extraordinarily proud to say that the winner of this prestigious national award for Principal of the Year is one of our own principals in Coweta County. This is a testament to the world-class education leadership provided by the dedicated teachers and staff at Coweta County schools.”

As a MetLife/NASSP National Principals of the Year, Dr. Barron will receive a $5,000 grant. She was selected from other middle school principals nominated by each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity.

The MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year program began in 1993 as a means to recognize outstanding middle level and high school principals. The program annually honors secondary school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrated exemplary contributions to the profession. 

Dr. Barron is a National Board Certified educator with 17 years of experience working in education. She taught English at Newnan High School for six years before becoming an Assistant Principal at Arnall Middle School. She later went on to serve as the principal at Smokey Road Middle School in 2004.

Dr. Barron earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia, her Masters in Administration and Supervision from the State University of West Georgia, and her Specialist and Doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota.

Dr. Barron currently serves on the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Partnership Council. She is also an active member of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals, the Georgia and National Associations of Secondary School Principals, and recently served on the Governor’s Education Advisory Board for Principals.

Additionally, Dr. Barron received the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders Outstanding Middle Level Educator Award and the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals Exemplary Leadership Award in 1999. That same year, she was named Newnan High School Teacher of the Year. In 2000 and 2001, she received the award for Newnan High School STAR Teacher. Last year, she was named Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year.

• Asia Hines of Newnan completes spring break service project

Asia Hines of Newnan spent spring break serving others as part of James Madison University’s Alternative Spring Break program.

Hines, a sophomore interdisciplinary liberal studies major, traveled to Los Angeles, Calif. to volunteer at LA’s Best.

LA’s Best is an organization that works with at-risk youth, ages five to 12. JMU students helped promote a fun and safe environment for the children and participated in after-school programs. During the morning students worked at the Los Angeles Mission, a homeless shelter that provides for the poor, works to restore the addicted and addresses homelessness.

Student-led ASB trips are each based on a social issue such as homelessness, environmentalism or community wellness. More than 300 students embarked on 30 spring break trips around the country and world.


Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College: Allison F. Gordy of Sharpsburg; Caitlin D. Mahoney of Whitesburg.

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