AMLE's South Region

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Constitutional Change

Issue 1
Change the start date of the term for newly elected members of the Board of Trustees to July 1 in the year of their election.

Article IV, Section 2 is hereby amended as follows:
"The term of office for newly elected Trustees shall commence on July 1 in the year of their election."

Members can vote "For" or "Against" the change


Janet L. Griffith
Janet Griffith is a special education coordinator with the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District in MA and an adjunct professor at the Community College of RI. Eighteen years have been devoted to the middle level as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, curriculum and special education director. She served as a trainer for the RI Department of Education's evaluation system. Janet is currently a trustee on the AMLE Board. As well, she serves on the local middle level board and volunteers with several local advocacy groups. Janet has presented at regional conferences and district schools. She is excited to increase an awareness of the significance of middle level philosophy for purposeful growth within schools.

Pamela L. Millikan
Pam Millikan, retired, served as a middle school principal in Franklin, Indiana. She has been a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. In addition, she has served leadership roles with the Indiana Middle Level Education Association and twice served as a member of the AMLE Annual Conference Committee. She received the NMSA Distinguished Educator award and is serving in her second term on the AMLE Board of Trustees. She has served as chairperson for the AMLE Strategic Plan Task Force and various other committees. She has presented at state, regional, and national conferences. With her experiences and passion for the middle level, she would be a significant voice representing the needs of adolescents and middle level educators.

Vicki Denmark
Vicki Denmark seeks the position of President of AMLE to dedicate her energy and knowledge about global middle level education and provide effective and collaborative leadership to AMLE's Board of Trustees and its membership. An AMLE South Region Trustee for six years and former President of the Georgia Middle School Association, Vicki currently serves as Vice-President for Education Innovation of AdvancED where she develops innovative school improvement resources for use in schools worldwide. Vicki's passion for students at this level, her experience as a middle school principal, middle school assistant principal, university professor, and assistant superintendent for middle level curriculum and support services in the metro Atlanta area make her eminently qualified for this office.

Trustee to Represent Diverse Cultures

Anthony Owusu-Ansah
Anthony Owusu-Ansah is an assistant professor of education at Albany State University, Albany, GA. He is currently the coordinator of the Middle Grades Education program and teaches graduate level courses for the Middle grades program as well as other reading courses and English Language courses for the Early Childhood program. He supervises Middle grades practicum students as they chart their way through the program firmly designed on the ideas of "This We Believe." As a researcher, he has special interests in reading skills for immigrant children. He strongly feels that he can add to the understanding of diverse needs of minorities in our middle level schools and their increasing diverse populations.

Reginald O. Davenport
Dr. Reginald Davenport is the Principal of Maxson Middle School and the founding Principal of the Maxson STEM Academy. Dr. Davenport is also the President-Elect for the New Jersey affiliate NJAMLE. Dr. Davenport has served as a teacher, building level administrator and district level supervisor for World Language and is now in his 20th year as a middle level educator. Dr. Davenport believes his research on the culturally-relevant beliefs of teachers and the school experience of diverse student populations, and his experience in urban educational settings will allow him to be a valuable asset in promoting AMLE's mission in improving the educational experiences of young adolescents.

South Region Trustee

Henry R. Flenory, Sr.
Henry R. Flenory Sr. is the ADA Title II Coordinator for the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). Currently, he coordinates the implementation of the Americans With Disabilities ACT (ADA) for all the programs, facilities and services for (MNPS). He has been a middle school teacher, assistant principal and principal in the past. He has served on MNPS's Strategic Planning Committee and Middle School Transformational Leadership Group. He has served on the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools (TAMS) Board as President-Elect and President. In addition, he has served on the Board of the National Alliance of Black School Educators as the Southern Regional Representative, and co-chair of their annual conference in 2007 and 2012. Lastly, he served twice as a member of AMLE's Foundation Committee. Mr. Flenory feels that his involvement with Middle Level organizations is an indicator of his commitment to this educational level and will assist him in serving as an Association for Middle Education Board of Trustees member.

Barry Lee Lanford
Barry Lanford received his Doctorate in December of 1999. As Principal, Dr. Lanford has worked with multiple middle school models such as academic teaming, advisory programs, Leader ln Me, and has seen changes in the middle school curriculum, all the while maintaining an exemplary rated school. He currently supervises a staff of over 100 and has a student population of 1,250. Dr. Lanford feels that his experience in consulting, presenting, success as a middle school principal and knowledge of effective middle school practices would be beneficial to AMLE. His interaction with colleagues would focus on AMLE goals and show the benefits of membership in regards to creating a successful middle school experience for all stakeholders.

Gayle Andrews
Gayle Andrews is professor of middle grades education at University of Georgia, professor-in-residence at Hilsman Middle School in Athens, and author of more than 70 publications and creative contributions focused on improving schooling for young adolescents, including Turning Points 2000. She is Past-President of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, served on AMLE's Research Committee and This We Believe Revision Committee and the Leadership Council of AERA's Middle Level Education Research SIG. She received AMLE's John Lounsbury Award for Distinguished Service in 2011. Gayle works closely with faculty at Hilsman, embedding her undergraduate and graduate coursework on-site and connecting her UGA coursework directly to the school's needs.

Derek Tully
Co-author of the up-coming book "A Middle School Teacher's Guide to How Students Really Learn!", Dr. Derek Tully is Director of Staff Development at the Bermuda Center for the Study of Learning and Teaching Styles. He is a regular presenter at AMLE Conferences, focusing on the Learning Styles of Middle School Boys and how to prepare lessons for them according to how they learn individually. He has been a key-note speaker at the International Learning Styles Conference and has been featured on television interviews in the USA relating to how students learn differently from each other. He wishes to be part of the AMLE team which develops the "Middle level experience" internationally.