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Fulton County Schools celebrates Professionals of the Year
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Fulton County Schools celebrates Professionals of the Year

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County School System has recognized two behind-the-scenes professionals who make every school day run smoothly.

The 2012-2013 Professional and Support Professional of the Year include a technology specialist and a bus driver, both of whom brighten students' school days with their kindness and expertise.

Fulton County's two winners will be celebrated with their fellow honorees at a special luncheon in the fall.

James Stewart
School Professional of the Year

Stewart has been with Fulton County Schools for 23 years and became a technology specialist when the position was first introduced. He has filled several roles since then, but never forgot his original love, and returned to the job of technology specialist in 2011.

At Roswell's Esther Jackson Elementary, Stewart keeps classroom technology working and accessible for students -- and spreads a little magic on a daily basis.

"I dreamed that we would be a school where all students had access to quality lessons that used technology, and my teachers would have the support they needed to be innovative in their classrooms," Esther Jackson principal Connie Coles said. "In just a few months, Mr. Stewart accomplished my vision for technology at Esther Jackson Elementary."

Melissa Arnold
Support Professional of the Year

With a smile and a hello, Arnold greets hundreds of students all across Fulton County as they board their school buses. A bus driver for more than 23 years, Arnold makes sure students stay safe as she takes them to and from school.

Arnold works in north Fulton in the mornings, driving children to Alpharetta High, Johns Creek High and Webb Bridge Middle. She hops down to south Fulton in the afternoons, bringing students home from Campbell Elementary and Bear Creek Middle.

"Melissa is reliable, dedicated and eternally upbeat. She possesses a 'can do' attitude while performing her duties as a school bus driver," said Matthew Sanders, Arnold's supervisor. "Her upbeat personality and style enable her to interact effectively with students, parents and staff."

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