The faculty/staff and students at Toomer Elementary School have consistently produced successful results. Their awards, recognitions, and achievements are outlined below:
Toomer, which sends students to Coan Middle School, the site of the Confucius Institute, received a grant from the state of Georgia to research Chinese language programs. As a part of the research, the school's former principal, Dr. Tonya Saunders traveled to schools in Chicago; Portland, Ore., and Washington to learn about Chinese language programs there.
Faculty and Staff Members:
- Ms. Megan Dosmann was a recipient of the Atlanta Families Award that honored her as one of thirteen outstanding teachers in Atlanta Public School. Ms. Dosmann implemented the "Wild about Math" program that provided students with individualized attention in mathematics. This led to 93% of Ms. Dosmann's 3rd graders meeting or exceeding state standards as measured by the GCRCT.
Mrs. Shaneene Fannin received a TARGET Local School Grant, 2007-2008, to promote literacy and foster a love for reading amongst the Prekindergarten through 2nd grade students. Grant funds will pay for three storytellers, four adult volunteer reader breakfasts, reading incentive gifts, student breakfast snacks, and books for each student, during the 2008-2009 school year.
Mr. Dwight Hardy was a finalist for APS's Teacher of the Year (TOTY) for the 2006-2007 academic year.
- Recipient of a Student-run Bookstore Grant ~ 2007 - 2008 - Staffed by Toomer Elementary students. Students interviewed for their job position. Jobs titles included: cashier, stock clerk, and manager. The student employees and student patrons obtained real-world experiences!
CINS 2008 - 2009 Grant Recipients: Jean Blackshear and Sheila Brown - Donate Your Brain to Science
CINS 2007 - 2008 Grant Recipients: Jean Blackshear - There's Something Fishy; Jean Blackshear and Patricia Crawford - Cooking Up a Brainstorm - Part II; Megan Dosmann; and Hezekiah Wardlow
CINS 2006-2007 Grant Recipients:
1. Jean Blackshear and Patricia Crawford - Cooking Up a Brainstorm
2. Hezekiah Wardlow and Kris Favers - STAR
3. Megan Dosmann and Richelle Curtis - Wild About Math
CINS 2005-2006 Grant Recipients:
1. Jean Blackshear, Patricia Crawford: A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words
2. Hezekiah Wardlow - Wild About Math
Jean Blackshear and Ora Brown are members of APS Toastmasters' Dean Ruck Club. The club's name is APS Speaks Up.