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Middle Ridge Elementary School principal, Dr. Michael Forehand, has been selected by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Professional Learning Department to participate in the 2014-2016 PAGE Principal and Teacher Leadership Network. The Principal and Teacher Leadership Network is composed of a talented group of 40 principals from across Georgia identified as being “future-oriented” principals with a desire to make a lasting difference for public education in Georgia.

During the program, Dr. Forehand and three teachers from Middle Ridge will have the opportunity to focus on creating engagement-focused schools that nurture profound learning for students and staff. Each session will offer collegial discussion, exploration of pertinent topics, and opportunities for principals to gain insight about organizations and their leaders in varied settings. All costs associated with the program, including mileage, lodging, meals, materials, and substitute payment for the teacher leaders will be covered by PAGE.

“I am honored and humbled to be one of 40 principals selected in the state,” said Dr. Forehand. “PAGE’s professional learning department is incredible and they spare no expense to provide nationally renowned speakers, research, and authors for their professional learning network.  I am so excited to share this experience with our teachers.  They no doubt deserve this opportunity to be recognized for the work they do each day.  At Middle Ridge we continue to see statistically significant gains in student achievement each year and it is the teachers who inspire and engage our students, across the board, day after day!  We look forward to sharing our learning with our colleagues in the best school system in Georgia.”

Forehand added, “As a life-long learner, I hope to build connections with leaders across the state of Georgia and learn strategies they are using to improve student achievement and increase student engagement.  Additionally, I’m excited to share this experience with three of our teachers. This is an opportunity for our teachers to become leaders in the field of education and to network with other exemplary educators experiencing the same challenges.  Our teachers work extremely hard and they deserve this recognition and opportunity for leadership development.  Education is a team effort and we are excited to share the progressive strategies we are using in Newton County to engage our students as 21st Century learners.”

“It is a tremendous honor for Dr. Forehand to be selected as one of 40 principals in Georgia to participate in PAGE’s Principal and Teacher Leadership Network,” said Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “I am proud of the accomplishments of the Middle Ridge Elementary School team.  Dr. Forehand will be accompanied by three teachers and together they will use all that they learn to continue to improve students’ achievement at Middle Ridge.  Congratulations to Dr. Forehand—this is outstanding!”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools, at