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Class Notes: Turpin named one of 40 top innovators in education

POSTED: November 19, 2013 11:37 p.m.

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Aaron Turpin has been named as one of the “40 top innovators in education” by the Center for Digital Education, a research institute specializing in education technology trends.

The executive director of technology for the Hall County School District was named for his leadership in developing personalized technology for all students. All Hall students have their own Google Drive account, and also connect with teachers via HallConnect, where students and teachers share grades, social and collaborative tools, curriculum, the student’s portfolio of work and so on.

“It’s quite an honor,” Turpin said. “However, it’s the teachers and school leaders who are having huge impacts on the learning environments for our students. What’s going on in our classrooms is truly remarkable.”

Holston starts as new vice president for academic affairs

Tavarez Holston is the new vice president for academic affairs at Lanier Technical College.

He formerly served as vice president for institutional effectiveness at Moultrie Technical College in South Georgia, where he was also the acting vice president of academic affairs.

“I am honored to join Lanier Technical College,” Holston said in a news release. “The college has remarkable leadership, faculty and staff, and I look forward to working closely with them as we prepare students for Georgia’s workforce.”

He is replacing Linda Barrow, who is now the vice president of adult education for Lanier Tech.

In her new role, Barrow will focus on increasing the number of GED graduates and students in the English as a Second Language program.

Applications for Da Vinci Academy still being accepted

Applications for next year are still being accepted for the Da Vinci Academy at South Hall Middle School, as well as the Earhart-Edison Exploration Academy at North Hall Middle.

Around 80 rising sixth-grade students will be accepted for Da Vinci; up to 20 will be chosen for Earhart-Edison.

Applications are due to their respective schools by Dec. 3. For more information, visit

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