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 It's SGC election season!

 The SGC plays a critical role in implementing the school's long term strategic plan and works closely with both school leadership and the community. New Prospect will be electing 2 parent candidates to the council as well as 1 teacher.  Voting will take place from March 11-18th.


New Prospect Elementary School Candidate Statements

 (Spring 2019)


1.       Saira Joseph

I moved to Alpharetta a year and a half ago and was immediately struck by the warm and welcoming atmosphere at New Prospect Elementary.  Since that time, I have watched my three younger children thrive at the school.  Over the last eighteen months, through the time I have spent in my children's classrooms and volunteering at events with other parents, I have seen the energy and excitement that is a part of New Prospect's DNA. The friendly community, warm staff and approachable administration at NPES have all made the move and transition to a new state and school seamless for my family.

In my day job, I have spent the last 20 years working with various companies to develop their strategic plans for innovation, growth and success that includes helping them identify their goals and how to achieve them.  I would now like to use that knowledge and expertise to serve the school where my children spend each day and impact the community I live in.

I strongly believe in the importance of education as part of our children's future and the need for a strong and collaborative partnership between us, as parents, with our schools in helping our children succeed. By serving on the School Governance Council, I would like to be part of that continued evolution and am committed to doing my part to helping the school achieve its goals to increase academic achievement, foster innovation and be a strong contributor to our local community.

Thank you for your time and consideration

2.      Jyoti Vijayan Menon

Hello. My name is Jyoti Vijayan Menon. I am a fellow parent and a first grade CAT mom at New Prospect. I also have an older daughter who is a Sophmore at Alpharetta High School. As a skilled and certified Montessori Teacher l have worked for over nine years with elementary and pre-elementary school children across multiple schools in multiple states and I still love working with students. I had the opportunity to work with other teachers to help create lessons plans as well as extra-curricular class projects.  

My love for my daughters and my passion for education has encouraged me to volunteer at both my daughter's schools. Volunteering also has broadened my perspective and deepened my appreciation towards the school, the staff and the students. As a teacher in my past, I always found parent volunteers from different walks of life bringing new thoughts and ideas to the schools and classrooms. I would like to take this opportunity to work with School Governance Council and provide value addition by bringing my perspective to the SGC team.

3.       Revathi Kumar

Hello Parents, My name is Revathi Kumar, I hold a master's degree in Computers and work as a Six Sigma Black Belt Analyst. As a mother of two rambunctious boys, I am very passionate about the quality and effectiveness of education offered by our school system. Our wonderful teachers work very hard to provide the interface between us parents and our school system. As parents we have different experiences as we traverse through each academic year. Within each grade and different classes, we feel something working good with one class when compared to another class. Often, we would like to voice our opinion however there is no standardized format for giving feedback.  Effective feedback, both positive and negative, is very helpful. We need a system to collect feedback from parents and source it back to the school. This would empower the school and the teachers to understand what parents' perceptions and expectations are. I would really like to start a process to obtain feedback from parents of each grade/class level, analyze and evaluate; obtain insightful data on what's working well and Identify areas of opportunity/improvement. These finding can be used to standardize, i.e. take what's working well and implement across each grade/class and focus on areas of opportunities. This in turn would make us parents feel valued and appreciate being asked to provide feedback that can help not only with their child(ren) but also the rest of the community.  Sincerely, Revathi Kumar


1.       Kathleen Ingraham

My name is Kathleen Ingraham, and I am the music specialist at New Prospect Elementary. This is my fifth year teaching, and I consider it a great privilege that I get to teach students through music and watch their progress over the years. I graduated from Ole Miss in 2013 with my Bachelor of Music Education degree, and I graduated from the University of West Georgia this past December with my Master of Music Education degree. I have spent my entire career with Fulton County, and was named as a finalist for Teacher of the Year this year. As an educator, I am passionate about making sure that I reach every student in my classroom. While working towards an ensemble mindset is important, it is equally important that every child finds success at his or her level of ability. In the same way, I am passionate about the choices that are made which specifically affect our school community here at New Prospect. While we understand that we are one school district and one learning community, it is in our students' best interest that we also recognize the specific needs and situations within our school. That is why I believe that I would be a valuable member of the Student Governance Council. Not only would I work cooperatively with administrators, parents, and other teachers, but I would also advocate for the policies and plans that I believe would allow our students to be as successful as they can be. 

2.      Adrianna Hopen

I have been teaching in Fulton for the last 12 years and the past 3 at New Prospect. I believe in partnering with parents to educate our youth. As partners, its crucial for us to instill a sense of worth and success in all of our students so they grow to become caring and responsible citizens.  I believe students learn necessary creative and critical thinking skills through Fine Arts & STEAM that enrich and prepare them for the 21st century. I believe in protecting their right to a well rounded education. I would love the opportunity to collaborate with SGC.

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School Governance Council Members


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 im​plement 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.


Please contact council members below, with questions:​​

Member Name​Member Email​Role​Term
​Corey Debrodydebrody@fultonschools.org​Elected Parent MemberTerm ends June 2019
​Lawanda EstesestesL1@fultonschools.org

Appointed Staff Member
Term ends June 2019

Camie Christensen

Elected Parent Member, Council Chair

​Term ends June 2020
​Melody Johnson​johnsonm15@fultonschools.org​​Elected Teacher Member
Outreach and Communications Chair
Term ends June 2019
Meghna Ghandi
 gandhi@fultonschools.org​Community Member,  Finance Committee Chair​Term ends June 2020
​Michelle Kahowai


​Community Member,
Superintendent's Community Member Council
Term ends June 2019
​Amy Lemons​lemonsa@fultonschools.org     Principal​Term does not end​
Rebekah McGowan mcgowanr@fultsonschools.org

Elected Teacher Member

​Term ends 2020
Stephanie Haga
 haga@fultonschools.orgAppointed Staff
Assistant Principal Council Vice Chair
Term ends 2020
Yolane Terblancheterblanche@fultonschools.org Parent MemberTerm ends June 2019​
​Budget and Finance​Meghna Ghandi - chair​Amy Lemons
​Outreach and Communication​Melody Johnson - chair

​Christinia McLeod

Rebekah McGowan

Corey Debrody
​Principal Selection​Camie Christensen

​Lawanda Estes

Melody Johnson

​Yolane Terblanche

Michelle Kahoiwai

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