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GRIFFIN REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICE AGENCY

Serving South Metro County School Systems since 1966
BUTTS - FAYETTE - HENRY - LAMAR – NEWTON - PIKE - SPALDING - UPSON
Dr. Stephanie L. Gordy, Executive Director
440 Tilney Avenue
Griffin, GA 30224
Phone: 770-229-3247
FAX: 770-228-7316
www.griffinresa.net

2015 NASSP PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
TO PRESENT AT THE GRIFFIN RESA/SOUTH METRO SUMMER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Griffin RESA is pleased to announce that Jayne Ellspermann, 2015 NASSP Principal of the
Year, will be among our slate of quality break-out sessions at our 2015 Summer Leadership
Conference to be held on June 8 and 9, 2015. Our agency strives to bring in educational leaders
with a proven success record to share successful innovations with our audience at this
conference.
During her 10 years as West Port Principal, Ellspermann has developed a college-going culture
personalized for students. At West Port, lunchtime is often “Power Hour”, a studentempowerment initiative Ellspermann launched giving students autonomy over an hour of their
school day for academic enrichment, open labs, clubs, and other creative opportunities. Three
years of Power Hour has produced a more personalized and successful school environment:
course failure has nearly disappeared, the graduation rate has jumped 15 points, and participation
in activities has increased seven-fold to nearly 70%. West Port students can also graduate with
an associate’s degree before graduating from high school thanks to an on-campus college
program Ellspermann also spearheaded.
A former law enforcement officer, Ellspermann joined Marion County Public Schools 34 years
ago as a high school social studies teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from
the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida.
“Jayne Ellspermann simply sees no limit to her students’ potential or to the school’s potential to
help them fulfill it,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “Her passion and focus
on personalization, academic rigor, and collaborative leadership – hallmarks of NASSP’s
Breaking Ranks framework for school improvement – keep her moving ever forward to find
creative ways to ensure each student in her school is known and well served.”
Griffin RESA is pleased that she has agreed to participate in the agency’s summer conference,
which promises to be a powerful opportunity for educational leaders to learn best practices in
leadership and interact with one another. Registration is available online by visiting the Griffin
RESA website at www.griffinresa.net.

Griffin RESA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability.