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Class Notes: Challenged Child & Friends names Monique Jackson as new principal
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Challenged Child & Friends recently named Monique Jackson as its new principal.

Jackson has more than 25 years of experience in education. She worked for eight years as a lead special-education instructor and grade chairwoman. She also spent seven years working as a consultant with early intervention centers, advising on special education issues and parental training.

Most recently, she worked as a service coordinator with Babies Can’t Wait in Hall and surrounding counties.

“We are excited to have Monique on our staff,” said Amy Gates, Challenged Child & Friends executive director. “She brings a wealth of experience in education, and we think she will be a great resource for our students and parents.”

Jackson earned her early childhood special education degree from California State and her master’s degree in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University. She is currently working on a doctorate in special education leadership, and lives in Buford with her husband, Ernest, and daughter Ca’Leia.

Acclaimed writer to hold poetry reading at Brenau this afternoon

Nationally acclaimed writer Noah Blaustein will give a poetry reading hosted by Brenau University at 12:30 p.m. today in Banks Recital Hall.

Blaustein is currently touring with the Georgia Poetry Circuit, “a consortium of ten Georgia colleges and universities working together to bring three poets of national and international reputation yearly to the participating colleges’ campuses,” according to a release.

After the reading, he will meet with students and answer questions at Brenau’s Writing Center in the Trustee Library at 3:30 p.m.

He has been published nationally, and his first book of poems, “Flirt,” was selected for the 2013 Mary Buritt Christiansen poetry series.

He also edited an anthology called “Motion: American Sports Poems,” which was an Editor’s Pick of National Public Radio and a Librarian’s Pick of the New York Public Library.

Blaustein lives in Santa Monica, Calif., with his wife and kids.

Lanier Charter Career Academy wins environmental award

Lanier Charter Career Academy was recognized recently for the quality of its environmental education and horticulture programs.

The school received the Green Alliance Education Award on Jan. 23 at the Hall County Green Alliance 2015 Awards Ceremony. The ceremony, hosted by the city of Oakwood, recognized local business projects and volunteer initiatives that embrace the Green Alliance mission.

Keeping nature in the classroom is a priority at the school, according to a release. Students in environmental education work in the campus gardens, planting and harvesting fresh produce for the community.

This year, the school’s greenspace will become home to an orchard, thanks to a grant from Keep Hall Beautiful. Students will also provide for families in the community farm-to-table meals at the Bistro and fresh produce at the farmer’s market.

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