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Class Notes: Georgia team selected to attend education conference
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A team of early educators will represent Georgia at a conference to learn how to better address educational needs of the state’s infants and toddlers.

“It’s a technical assistance grant,” said Mindi Binderman, executive director of Georgia’s Early Education Alliance for Ready Students. “We applied and were selected to attend this conference with teams from four other states.

“After (the conference), ZERO TO THREE ... will send either a group or one technical assistance adviser to Georgia to help us with our work in Georgia, as a follow-up to the work we do during the conference.”

ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization with the mission to give babies and toddlers a strong start in life by nurturing early educational development. It hosts a conference every few years to bring together education partners from various states to share ideas. Along with Georgia, this year’s conference will have representation from Louisiana, Michigan, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

“We know that for our kids in those very early years, their healthy development and learning are so intertwined,” Binderman explained.

A primary goal behind this initiative is to find ways to better reach young children before they reach preschool, whether in day care or with parents.

The conference will be sometime in May, according to Binderman. Dates and location have not been announced. For more information, visit or

GHS grad earns top status

Camille Massey, J.D., has been named the founding executive director of the Sorenson Center for International Peace and Justice at the City University of New York School of Law.

In this role, Massey will lead efforts to establish and direct a new center, to be named after the late Theodore Sorenson, adviser and speechwriter for John F. Kennedy. It’s planned to open in September 2014.

Massey graduated in 1983 from Gainesville High School, where she was president of the student council. She was also active in the drama and tennis programs.

She went on to earn a bachelor of science degree from Syracuse University and her juris doctor from CUNY School of Law. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association.

“After an international search, we are proud that one of our own graduates is returning to CUNY in this senior-level position,” Dean Michelle Anderson said. “Camille has distinguished herself as a brilliant advocate for peace and justice at the global level.”

Gaines sworn in as university’s new director of public safety

Justin Gaines is the University of North Georgia’s new director of public safety, sworn in during a Tuesday ceremony at the university’s Dahlonega campus.

“We are glad you are here and are proud to make you a part of UNG,” President Bonita Jacobs said. “We are grateful for the legacy left by Mike Stapleton and Clifford Poole, and we know you will build upon it.”

Gaines previously served as associate director of emergency preparedness at Georgia College & State University.

He is replacing Stapleton, who retired in November from the position he held for 12 years.

“I want to sincerely thank all of you for observing this occasion,” Gaines said during the swearing-in ceremony. “I made it a point to have a formal swearing-in, to let you all know how serious I am in dedicating myself to this pledge. I look forward to building relationships with everyone at UNG and in having this university become home to me and my family.”

Carly Sharec covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her: