First Montessori names King as head of school

Jerri King has been named head of school at First Montessori School of Atlanta.

King was most recently interim head of school, assistant head of school and director of admission for the school. She is also on the board of the Montessori Institute of Atlanta.

In making their unanimous decision, the board of trustees recognized the knowledge, experience and energy King brings to First Montessori. For over a decade, she has taught in Atlanta area Montessori schools and arrived at First Montessori in 1999 as a primary teacher and later worked as a member of the administrative staff.

King and her husband, Eric, have two children and are residents of Sandy Springs. She is a graduate of Georgia State University and received a Montessori primary teaching certificate from the Association Montessori International in 1989.

Atlanta Braves, Publix offering scholarships

The Atlanta Braves and Publix Super Markets are offering high school scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Georgia.

Six $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated strong community involvement as well as solid academic performance throughout their high school careers.

Scholarship recipients will be honored during an on-field presentation prior to the Atlanta Braves home game on May 18. Each winner will be presented with a check for $2,000 by an Atlanta Braves player and a representative from Publix Super Markets. All applicants will receive a Braves logo backpack.

Applications are available at and at public and private high schools throughout Georgia. Students with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 should submit an application along with: one letter of recommendation, a letter of acceptance from a college or university for the fall 2008 semester and an essay describing how the applicant has made an impact in the community.

Applications must be postmarked by April 15.

Fulton gets $50,000 for graduation coaches

The Fulton County School System received $50,000 from Wachovia Foundation to fund its graduation coach initiative. It is part of Wachovia Foundation grants totaling $250,000 to programs aimed at improving graduation rates and preparing students for college.

Graduation coaches are in every Fulton County middle and high school. The coaches identify and work with at-risk students and help them stay on track for graduation.

“Support for these initiatives means more students will graduate; they will be better prepared for higher education and the workforce,” said Kendall Alley, Wachovia’s Atlanta president. “The Wachovia Foundation is pleased to provide funding that goes directly toward local, effective and measurable education programs.”

Hospital honored as Friend of Public Education

The Fulton County School System recognized Northside Hospital March 13 with its Friend of Public Education Award, which is given to organizations that contribute significant financial or in-kind services to the school system.

Additionally, the hospital received the district’s first-ever Distinguished Partner Award for its outstanding school partnerships and support of the Fulton Education Foundation. The awards were presented at a regular board meeting.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Fulton County School System,” said Freda Hardage, Northside’s director of physician services, marketing and partners in education. “Our school partnerships allow opportunities to reach students and employees and positively impact their lives.”

Northside has had a long-standing partnership with the district, contributing about $100,000 in monetary and in-kind donations over the past 10 years. It has been an active business partner with more than 25 Fulton schools and also is one of Fulton’s chief sponsors of fundraising and recognition activities.