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Champion of the Year Award

Congratulations to the first ever Georgia SRTS Resource Center Champions of the Year recipeients for the 2015-2016 School Year!

East Central Territory: Teresa Yaughn (Georgia Academy for the Blind, Macon)

Teresa Yaughn is dedicated to her students at the Georgia Academy for the Blind. Seeking resources for teaching pedestrian safety, she partnered with the Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center. As school champion, and in conjunction with the mission of the school, Teresa provides her students quality education on walking safely to achieve their highest level of independence.  Teresa, you make us all proud!










Coastal Territory: Tommy Gibbs (West Chatham Elementary, Savannah)

Tommy Gibbs, Physical Education teacher at West Chatham Elementary School established the SRTS program seven years ago in 2009! During that time, Tommy has organized Walk to School Days, bicycle and pedestrian safety education for all students, and coordinated with Safe Kids Savannah for the 2016 National Bike to School Day event. His enthusiasm and competitive drive makes SRTS at West Chatham an always exciting program. Thank you, Tommy Gibbs, for your seven years of service keeping student safe!










Metro Atlanta Territory: Jessie Duroe Hadley (Winnona Park Elementary, Decatur)

When talking about parent champion Jessie Duroe Hadley, the numbers speak for themselves. Jessie took over as champion during the 2014-2015 school year and immediately increased International Walk and Roll to School Day participation rate to 56% of students! Winnona Park Elementary holds special Walk & Roll Days the first Wednesday of each month, with participant holding steady during winter months and increasing as the weather warmed up, adding in National Bike to School Day in May. Jessie is behind all of the SRTS events at Winnona Park and behind all of the success!










North Georgia Territory: Jennifer Saboura (Mountain View Elementary, Marietta)

With three children at Mountain View Elementary, it was very important to parent champion, Jennifer Saboura that her children and all students focus on physical activity. Jennifer is very active in leading the effort to get students walking and biking to school. She was the driving – errr – walking force for Mountain View receiving Travel Plan assistance for 2016. She works hard and is well deserving of this award.  Way to go, Jennifer!











Southwest Territory: Jill Yearty (Jeff Davis Elementary, Hazelhurst)

In her first year as School Champion, Jill Yearty paved the way to help Jeff Davis Elementary school receive Travel Plan Assistance. She was integral to the success of the process gathering information from the school administration, teachers, students, and parents as needed. Jill continues to champion SRTS at Jeff Davis, going above and beyond to create the best Safe Routes to School program for Jeff Davis Elementary. Jill, you are a shining example of a school champion!