Kathy Russo was recognized by GCPS as the Georgia Future Problem Solving Program "Coach of the Year."
Thursday, May 31, 2012
After nearly four decades in the classrom, Kathy Russo, retired from Simpson Elementary School at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. But before she closed the door to her classroom one last time, she was honored by Gwinnett County Public Schools for her work in coaching gifted education students for an annual competition called the "Georgia Future Problem Solving Program." Russo, who taught Gifted Advanced Content Mathematics and Intervention at the Peachtree Corners school, lead the students to a first place finish in the state competition this year. Her teaching career began 38 years ago, 22 of those years have been with GCPS. Russo was part of the inaugural staff at Simpson when it opened in 1993. She joined GCPS in 1990 as a special…
Twelve Peachtree Corners students earn honors at international conference held June 9-12.
A dozen students from Peachtree Corners have taken the concept of thinking "outside the box” to a whole new level – an international level…with honors. Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) is a program founded in 1974 by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance. The program, now part of the Gifted Student curriculum in Gwinnett County Public School's Norcross cluster, is designed to engage students in creative problem solving. Students utilize a six-step problem solving process to explore challenges and propose action plans to complex societal problems. Norcross High School student Allison Fisher, a rising 11th grader, has been participating in the program since she was in 4th grade. This summer she was one of the 12 …