Georgia schools chief honors Stevens Creek Elementary School

Georgia school Superintendent John Barge (center) on Tuesday recognized Stevens Creek Elementary School for being named a Georgia School of Excellence.

Georgia school Super­intendent John Barge recognized Stevens Creek Elementary School on Tuesday as one of the state’s top schools.


Last month, Stevens Creek was named a Georgia School of Excellence.

Arriving at the Martinez school by helicopter, Barge gave Principal Michelle Paschal an award. United Healthcare promised teachers a day of free massages, and TrueBlue Schools presented a $1,000 donation,.

Barge complimented the school’s administration, pupils and, especially, its teachers.

“They didn’t just change my life,” Barge said of good teachers. “They changed the life of my spouse, my children and my grandchildren.”

Paschal cited the hard work of her teachers in accepting the award. However, she placed more emphasis on the accomplishments of her pupils.

“You make me so proud every day,” she said.

Schools of Excellence are chosen based on pupil test scores on assessments in reading and math. A school is chosen in each congressional district in the categories of Top 10, schools scoring the highest on assessments, and Greatest Gains, schools showing the most improvement on assessments during a three-year period.

Stevens Creek was chosen as a Top 10 school.