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CCSD Special Education Director Earns State Award

CCSD Special Education Director Earns State Award

Cherokee County School District Special Education Executive Director Charlette Green, left, is congratulated upon winning the 2023 Phil Pickens Administrator Award from Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership by CCSD Parent Mentor JoEllen Hancock. 

Cherokee County School District’s Special Education executive director has earned a state award for excellence.

Charlette Green, who has led CCSD’s Special Education department since 2009, recently was awarded the 2023 Phil Pickens Administrator Award by Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership.  

The award is presented to one Special Education administrator statewide each year to recognize “outstanding leadership in the collaborative work between, school, home and community to improve the outcome for students with disabilities.”  

“Congratulations to Charlette on earning this honor for her work to support our students and their families,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Our Special Education department provides numerous programs offering additional support to families of our special needs students, from our parent mentor to our community agency fair.  Charlette is dedicated to improving existing programs and adding new ones to better serve students and their families.”

Charlette Green

Charlette Green

Examples of the most recent new initiatives under her leadership include developing a CCSD Special Education Parent University program, establishing an employability fair with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, collaborating with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) to bolster summer job training programs and creating a parent feedback system.

Ms. Green earned her bachelor’s degree in audiology and speech pathology and master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Florida State University.  She began her career as an elementary school speech-language pathologist and went on to work as a special education representative and local education advisor at the school level.  

The award is named for the late Phil Pickens, who served as state director of the Georgia Department of Education Special Services Department and who founded the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership.  Prior to joining CCSD, Ms. Green was hired by Mr. Pickens in 2003 to work for the Georgia DOE as an education program specialist.   

Past president of the Georgia Council of Administrators of Special Education (GCASE), Ms. Green’s numerous honors include Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Professional of the Year by the Georgia Administrators in Education Leadership and Outstanding New Special Education Administrator of the Year by GCASE.  Ms. Green in 2021 earned the Board Certified Specialist in Child Language designation in child language from the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders.

Ms. Green was joined at the awards presentation by her husband and son and CCSD Parent Mentor JoEllen Hancock.  As part of the honor, Ms. Green will serve as an advisor for the Partnership’s Leadership Council.  The Cherokee County School Board and Dr. Hightower will recognize Ms. Green at an upcoming school board meeting.
 

Cherokee County School District Special Education Executive Director Charlette Green, left, is joined by her son and husband

Cherokee County School District Special Education Executive Director Charlette Green, left, is joined by her son and husband and CCSD Parent Mentor JoEllen Hancock for photos after receiving the 2023 Phil Pickens Administrator Award presented by Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership.

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