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​​​School Governance Council Candidates

Voting March 22, 2017 - March 28, 2107


1.       Yolane Terblanche (yolane@terblanche.org)

"My husband Etienne and I were both born and raised in South Africa.  After graduating from High School I went on to University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.  The next year I completed a post-graduate degree in Computer Science.  In 1995 we immigrated to the United States.  In the United States I have been working at Georgia Pacific for 2 years as Database Architect, Siemens Energy & Automation for 6 years as an Application Architect, and at dataLogistics (my husband's company) as Financial Manager for 12 years, and at Alpharetta International Academy (Montessori) as a Specials Teacher in Applied Mathematics for 3 years.

Both Etienne and I believe passionately that education is a lifelong journey filled with joy and excitement.  It is important to us that Michelle grows up with a life-long passion for learning, and the confidence and independence to accomplish whatever goals she sets for herself.

I feel just as passionate about all NPES children's education and helping nurture a life-long passion for learning in them as I feel about Michelle's education.  I feel truly privileged to be part of the Panther family, to have the opportunity to learn from so many passionate and talented teachers, and to have an opportunity to possibly work with them to make my small contribution to NPES children's life-long journey of joyous learning."


2.      Kenneth Pierce (kp@drkennethpierce.com)

"I know first-hand the importance of earning a quality education and its relationship to a student's life choices. I have demonstrated a commitment to my daughter's educational development as well as a commitment to her class and to New Prospect Elementary in general. I would be more than happy to serve the institution to assure that it, at the very least, maintains the same qualities that led to my choice of NPE for my daughter.

With more than ten years experience, I am a professionally trained educator capable of performing the duties of this position at a high level from day one. In my previous positions, I was fortunate to have worked within a shared governance environment in which I was deeply involved with curriculum development, institutional assessment, and hiring across academic divisions. This often included the need to collaborate with faculty and administration to assure that curriculum and course development addresses students' needs.

I have held various and progressively larger roles in educational environments, serving as: TRiO Peer Mentor; Student Disciplinary Committee Member; African American Studies Association President; Black Male Leadership Initiative Advisor; Humanities and Social Sciences Assessment Coordinator; Course Redesign Lead; Institutional Assessment Committee Member; Honors Program Admissions Committee Member; Guided Pathways: Special Populations co-chair; and Tenure-Track Sociology Faculty and Advisor."



  1. Melody Johnson (johnsonm15@fultonschools.org)
My background consists of 7 yrs in a Pre-k setting as a Kindergarten and lead teacher. I have an Associates degree in Liberal Arts, A Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education and a Masters degree in Elementary Reading. I am an active member on our PBIS team and in our Hospitality team. My goal is to assist in leading our school and community in developing a strong bond to enhance all  students education.



The purpose of the School Governance Council is to provide parents, school staff, and community members with a leadership role in the management of the school. The School Governance Council is a governing body that is representative of the community and the school, but operates under the control and management of the Board of Education. The Council is responsible for making decisions regarding the strategic direction of the school including:

a) Approve the school strategic plan and updates
b) Approve the annual budget and annual resource allocations
c) Manage the Request for Flexibility process
d) Participate in hiring the principal (in the case of a vacancy)
e) Provide annual feedback on principal performance

Charter System
Now that Fulton County Schools became a Charter System in July 2012, each school has more local decision-making authority and the flexibility to implement strategic, personalized educational strategies that meet the needs of their students.

Each Charter System school will have a School Governance Council (SGC) that will play a critical role in its success.   

Read more about our School Governance Council.


Please contact council members below, with questions:​

Member Name​Member Email​Role​Term
David Eisenstadt
 EisenstadtD@fultonschools.org  Parent Member
​Term ends May 2017
Lisa Garofolo
GarofoloL@fultonschools.org Council Chairperson​Term ends May 2017
​Heather Gavranovic
gavranovich@fultonschools.org  Parent Member​Term ends May 2017
Michelle Hinton
HintonM3@fultonschools.org Parent Member​Term ends May 2018
Lisa Langford
LangfordL@fultonschools.org ​Community Member​Term ends May 2017
Lauren LillyLillyL@fultonschools.org  

Teacher Member,

Council Vice Chairperson

​Term ends May 2018
Diona Nadir​
nadird@fultonschools.org Assistant Principal​Term ends May 2017
Kati Searcysearcy@fultonschools.org Talented and Gifted Teacher
​Term ends May 2017
Mary Robson
robson@fultonschools.org Principal​Term does not end
Heather Welch
welchh@fultonschools.orgCurriculum Support Teacher​Term ends May 2017

Communication and Outreach Committee Members:
Michelle Hinton, Chair
Lisa Garofolo
Diona Nadir
Heather Welch
Heather Gavranovic

Budget and Finance Committee Members
Lisa Langford, Chair
Kati Searcy
David Eisenstadt
Lauren Lilly

Meeting Dates & Location
August 22, 2016 - 7:15am
Sept. 26, 2016 – 7:15am
Oct. 13, 2016 - 7:15am Called Meeting
Oct. 31, 2016 – 7:15am Communications Committee Meeting
Nov. 28, 2016 – 7:15am
Dec. 19, 2016 – 7:15am
Jan. 30, 2017 – 7:15am
Feb. 27, 2017 – 7:15am
March 27, 2017 – 7:15am CANCELLED
April 24, 2017 – 7:15am CANCELLED
May 22, 2017 – 7:15am

Meetings are in the front conference room unless stated otherwise.

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10.13.16 Called Meeting
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10.31.16 Communications Committee Mtg

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4.24.17 - CANCELLED


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