Mr. Danny Waxter will be joining the staff of Friendship Elementary School as the new Assistant Principal in the fall of 2016. Mr. Waxter completed a Bachelors of Business Administration degree through the University of Georgia in International Business with a minor in Spanish. He obtained his Master’s degree from UGA in Teaching Additional Languages. In 2013, he complete a Specialist degree, also from UGA, in Educational Policy and Administration. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctorate of Education. Mr. Waxter is married to Jamie Waxter and they have three daughters. Before joining our Friendship family, he taught Spanish at both Collins Hill and Peachtree Ridge high schools and most recently served as the Foreign Language Chair at Flowery Branch High School teaching Spanish 1,2,3,4 and AP Spanish.
Superintendent Will Schofield has announced that he will recommend Dr. Tracie Brack to the Hall County Board of Education to be the next Principal of Friendship Elementary School. The board will next meet on March 14, 2016 in the monthly work session. Currently serving as the assistant principal at Friendship, Dr. Brack will be replacing Berry Walton, who recently announced his retirement, effective at the end of the current school year. After graduating from Central Gwinnett High School, Tracie Brack went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1998 from the University of Georgia. She completed her Doctorate in Education Leadership at Georgia State University in 2015. Dr. Tracie Brack spent her first twelve (12) years in education as an elementary classroom teacher in three different schools districts—Forsyth, Gwinnett, and Hall. In 2010, she began the second phase of her career when she accepted the Assist Principal Position at Sugar Hill Elementary. While serving there with Principal Beth Scarda, the school earned National Blue Ribbon Recognition in 2013. For additional follow-up, please contact Dr. Brack via email: Tracie.Brack@hallco.org
When studying the American Revolution, so much information flies at students so fast that sometimes it’s hard to keep up. In the 4th grade Advanced Scholars program, students are getting a more personal and “social” touch to help them. Twitter has changed the way the world interacts. This is brought to the classroom as “Revolutionary Twitter.” Students post their thoughts following each lesson. Using Twitter’s 140 character limit, students are allowed to post to our “Twitter” board, as a Colonial or as an Englishman, in reaction to what was taught that day. Students are allowed the option of posting a fact that stood out to them as well. This assists with correcting misconceptions quickly, and provides further valuable talking points.