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June 30, 2014

Braziel reflects on superintendent memories

MILLEDGEVILLE — Monday marks the final day of Geneva Braziel’s tenure as superintendent of the Baldwin County School District.

During her tenure as superintendent, Braziel has created memories and formed lasting relationships with both board members and members of the community. Her love for children is what motivated her to pursue a career in education and to apply for the superintendent’s position.

"I became superintendent because of the love I have for the children in this school system. I accepted the job because I felt that it was my duty to give back to a community that has provided so much for me."

Braziel was born and raised in Milledgeville by her parents Frank and Bessie Nelson.

She is married to Raymond Braziel, principal of Putnam County Elementary School, and the mother of Artrail Braziel.

She has been an educator in Baldwin County for 20 years, serving as a middle school teacher, alternative school teacher, high school counselor, elementary assistant principal, curriculum director, federal and professional learning director, and deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

One of her most memorable moments during her tenure as superintendent is the first Back to School kickoff event.

"This moment is memorable because there were over 2,000 people in attendance," she said. "I felt it solidified the support that the community has for this school system."

Another memorable moment for Braziel is a special recognition that the school board received.

"I will always remember when the school board received the report that all schools in the district were recognized with a Quality Achievement award and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools."

Braziel said she was fortunate to have such a good relationship with the school board. Current board members include school board chair, John Jackson, District 4, vice chair, Gloria Wicker, District 1, Lynwood Chandler, District 3, Harold Simmons, District 2, and Wes Cummings, District 5.

"We have grown, laughed and learned together. Because of the professional learning that we have participated in, this school board possesses a vast amount of leadership that can be modeled for other school boards," she said.

As Braziel says farewell, Dr. Noris Price will step into the position, effective July 1.

"I am confident that the school board will be supportive for Dr. Price just as they were for me when I accepted the challenge of trying to reunite the school board and the community together."

Braziel said although there is still some division, she feels during her tenure, she has seen the school board come a long way in fostering a relationship with the community and parents.

Braziel’s final thoughts are reflective of the main goal and purpose of being a superintendent.

"My parting words to the new superintendent, the school board, parents, and the community is to always make our children the first priority. You should commit yourselves to guiding and protecting this community’s most precious resource — our children."

 

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