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Principal named to state board
Local educator to oversee early learning programs

CONYERS - Carolyn Ormsby, principal of Honey Creek Elementary School, has been appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to sit on the state board that oversees Head Start, prekindergarten and other early learning programs.

The Governor's Office announced Wednesday that the local educator was named to represent the Fourth Congressional District on the Board of Early Care and Learning.

The Department of Early Care and Learning is also known as Bright from Start, which is responsible for administering the Georgia pre-K program, licensing and monitoring all center-based and home-based child care facilities, overseeing the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program, implementing the Standards of Care Program and Family Homes of Quality, housing the Head Start State Collaboration Office, funding and partnering with those agencies that provide services to families and child care providers at the local level, and providing technical assistance, training and support to families and child care providers who care for children with special needs.

Bright from the Start works closely with Head Start, Family Connection, the Department of Human Resources Family and Children Services, the Division of Public Health and Smart Start Georgia.

Ormsby said she is honored to be named to the Board and is excited to share her expertise and background as an educator.

"I was a kindergarten teacher for 17 years, so my love is with the younger students," she said Thursday. "As an educator, I hope to be able to help the Board understand the direction these young students will be heading when they enter into the public schools in kindergarten and beyond."

Ormsby will join representatives from the state's 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 13th Congressional Districts. Other members include Theodore "Ted" Mallory of Fayetteville; Carlene Talton of Decatur; Gabrielle Braswell from Atlanta; Braselton resident Melissa V. Turner; Luann Purcell of Warner Robins; Dixie H. Kinard from Dalton; Greensboro resident Janice Gallimore; Victor Morgan from Cartersville and Magdalena "Maggy" Martinez from Hampton.

Bert Brantley with the Governor's Office said the governor accepts nominations for various state boards, but then personally selects who he believes would be a good fit.

"People are selected always because the governor believes that person would do a great job on the board," Brantley said. "In this case, a principal will bring strong expertise."

Ormsby has been an educator at Honey Creek Elementary School since 1994, when she was the instructional lead teacher and later promoted to assistant principal. Ormsby took the helm at the school in 2005.

Not only does she believe she can provide a unique perspective to the Board of Early Care and Learning, but Ormsby said she anticipates the knowledge she gains can help students locally.

"It will help to know what programs are out there," she said. "I will be able to more fully suggest ideas to parents here at Honey Creek and also educate the other principals in this area."

Aimee Jones can be reached at aimee.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.