Thursday February 7, 2013 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Dr. Emily Lembeck, Marietta City Schools, Marietta, GA – Moderator
Dr. Emily Lembeck assumed the office of Marietta City Schools (MCS) Superintendent on July 1, 2005, becoming just the 12th superintendent since 1892, leading the district’s 12 schools, approximately 8,000 students and 1,200 employees.
Dr. Lembeck served as Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Operations of Marietta City Schools from 2001 until her appointment to the superintendence in 2005. As Associate Superintendent she oversaw the school system’s overall instructional program. Before her successful career in school administration, she dedicated eleven years to the classroom as a teacher in Florida and Georgia.
A graduate of Brooklyn College in New York, Lembeck holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Administration and Supervision from Nova University in Florida, and a Bachelor in Early Childhood from Brooklyn College in New York.
Under the direction of Dr. Lembeck, in June 2008, Marietta City Schools became one of Georgia’s first Charter School Systems. MCS is also an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School district. On April 23, 2008, the school district became only the second IB World School district in Georgia authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 6-10. MCS is one of only a few school systems nationwide able to provide the full IB (K-12) continuum. In 2000, she launched Marietta Reads!, a citywide effort to foster reading and literacy. Marietta Reads! successfully helped the city of Marietta illustrate how it has increased student test scores and book circulation, and consequently led to Marietta’s selection as an All-America City (AAC) at the 2006 National Civic League AAC competition.
Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Cobb County School District
In June 2011, Dr. Michael Hinojosa was named superintendent of the Cobb County School District, the nation’s 24th largest school district with a student population of approximately 107,000. His career in public education, from teacher and coach to superintendent of six school systems, spans more than three decades. Prior to joining Cobb, Dr. Hinojosa served as a superintendent/CEO for the Dallas Independent School District in Texas.
With a firm belief that education and not environment is the key to a student’s success, he has led several school districts to improved student achievement. Dr. Hinojosa’s recognitions include being named 2002 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and 2005 Superintendent of the Year by the University of Texas at Austin. He was honored as Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Education at Texas Tech University and is past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators.
Dr. Hinojosa holds a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin. He and wife Kitty have two sons, one attending Harvard University and another attending Princeton University. He has a son from a previous marriage who graduated from Texas Tech University.
Richard Storm – Principal, Union Alternative School Tulsa, OK
Richard Storm is a native Oklahoman who graduated from Collinsville High School in 1967. Following a four-year enlistment in the U.S. Air Force, during which he achieved the rank of sergeant, he attended Northeastern State University on the GI Bill and received his Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1974.
Storm then began a 23-year long career as an English and journalism teacher at Caruthersville (Mo.) High School and Cleveland (Okla.) High School before joining the staff at Union Middle School, where he taught from 1977 to 1991. During this time, he earned a Master of Education degree and school administration certificate from NSU. Having developed an interest in alternative education, he then took a position as Academic Supervisor at Street School in Tulsa for four years before returning to Union to start the Union Alternative Program in 1995. He has served as the principal of Union Alternative School since that school was built in 1997. With his leadership, Union Alternative School won the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Alternative Education in 2003 and the Crystal Star Award from the National Dropout Prevention Network in 2005.
Storm was the recipient of the Class Act Teacher Award for Excellence in 1993, and he received the Janice Updike Walker Award from the Oklahoma Alternative Education Association in 2004 in recognition of his longtime achievement as a leader in the state’s alternative education movement.
Storm has two daughters, Marsha and Heather, who graduated from Union High School, and he is the stepfather of five. His greatest pleasures in life are spending time with his wife and twenty-two grandchildren, and rooting for the New York Yankees. Two of his grandchildren, Kali and Tempest Cartwright, attend Union Intermediate High School and the High School, and grandson Berkley Brown graduated from the High School in 2010. He is also an active member of the Memorial Drive Church of Christ.
Susan Bunch – Director of Schools Lexington, TN
Susan “Susie” Bunch is Director of Schools for Lexington City School System in Lexington, Tennessee. During her many years as an educator, Susie has been a teacher, a supervisor of instruction, a university Teacher-in-Residence, a director of schools (twice), an adjunct professor, an Assistant Commissioner of Education for the State of Tennessee, and a program director for a not-for-profit education agency. She is in her 2nd year as the Director of Schools in Lexington City School System and is an independent consultant and program evaluator for her own business, Susan Bunch Consulting.
Mr. Anthony Pack – Superintendent Monroe County Schools Forsyth, GA
Mr. Anthony Pack has been the Superintendent of Monroe County Schools since July 1, 2008. While in MCS, he has focused on the six areas to continue the performance culture of the district:
- Enhancing the structures for overall system success using four strategic objectives through school and system balanced scorecards;
- Ensuring standards-based teaching is implemented with fidelity in Pre-k through 12th grades for ALL students;
- Closing the achievement gap between subgroups with emphasis on closing the poverty learning gap;
- Increasing the level of and improving the perception of safety for students and employees;
- Creating sustainable leadership through training for teacher leaders; and
- Ensuring fiscal responsibility with decreasing local, state and federal revenue sources.