Volume 1, Issue 12, Spring 2022
“Human resources are like natural resources;
they’re often buried deep You have to go looking for them;
they’re not just lying around on the surface
You have to create the circumstances where
they show themselves.” Ken Robinson
Executive Officers for 2021-2022
The following members of GASPA will serve as Executive Officers:
Brad Brown – President
Ramon Ray – President-Elect
Valerie Suessmith – Past President
Leslie Lewis – Secretary
Michelle Ruble – Treasurer
Call for Articles
GASPA is now accepting articles to include in our spring HR Connection newsletter. We are looking for a variety of topics on leadership, recruitment, retention, and any topic that impacts your work as an HR professional. We especially would like to include articles from our GASPA members.
If you would like to submit an article for review, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15.
Paid Parental Leave Dilemma
Erin Roberson – Director of Human Resources – Fayette County
Sharing our challenges with each other leads to a deeper understanding and growth. It is my hope that writing about a recent situation that occurred in Fayette County will be helpful to you!
Sadly, one of our teachers experienced the death of her unborn baby just a few weeks before the due date. It was a tragic event, and everyone who knows this teacher grieved with her. The death occurred in November, but the psychological toll prevented the teacher from returning to work this school year.
GASPA would like to congratulate the following members who will be retiring at the end of this school year. We are very proud of the service they have provided to the educational profession and certainly to GASPA. However, we do hope each of our retirees will continue to support GASPA in the future.
- Geneva Braziel – Assistant Superintendent, Jones County
- Lisa Cawthon – Human Resources Coordinator, Franklin County
- Kim Clayton – Director of Personnel and Public Relations, Coffee County
- Susan Hartzog – Executive Director -Human Resources, Effingham County
- Valerie Suessmith – CHRO, Henry County
- Sheila Wilson – Assistant Superintendent, Meriwether County
Board Member Highlight
Business Partner Liaison
Born in Statesboro, Georgia, Phillip is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. He has over thirty-seven years of management experience, of which 29 years are in Human Resource Management. His background in management ranges from retail to the staffing industry, to manufacturing, to public education. His current position, for the last 17 years, is as the Director of Human Resources for the Bulloch County School System. He has two national HR certifications which are the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) along with the Society of Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification.
The GASPA Gaggle is a great way to ask questions and to get help. The collective wisdom of the GASPA members is outstanding. Please let us know if you are not part of this super group.
Comments from the President
At the GACTE (Georgia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) meeting in Peachtree City, the discussion centered around building a comprehensive partnership to address the teacher pipeline in Georgia. There is a growing concern about teacher recruitment/retention and according to recent data, high school students’ interest in going into the education field was at a low of 4% in 2020. This comes at a time when demand is significantly outpacing supply. Although each educational group in Georgia is working to increase the teacher pipeline, there are still many openings as teachers leave the profession in record numbers.
Further discussions were directed toward the following
- How partners can support each other’s current initiatives to increase the teacher pipeline
- Potentially propose a joint initiative that ALL partners can undertake to make a real difference in the teacher pipeline
- Look for ways to join together for advocacy
- What are our top priorities
- Work toward collective leverage as a coalition
An Educator Dashboard Pipeline was created by Georgia Insights. It provides data (from PSC, CPI, FTE, e.g.) that is disaggregated by state, district, teachers, leaders, years of experience, subject area, and projections for retention/attrition, and others.
Georgia Insights is an initiative of the Georgia Department of Education, focused on improving the clarity and accessibility of district and school-level data through public-friendly and easy-to-use dashboards.
Georgia Insights utilizes the data the state already collects and presents it using clear, easy-to-understand visuals. By displaying the data in a streamlined, usable, and useful manner, the goal is to equip educators, parents, and communities with the tools they need to enact positive change in their schools.
More info can be found by visiting Georgia Insights
(GACTE Outline Agenda)
Who Should Attend:
- HR Directors
- Assistant Superintendents
- Business Officials
Price through May 31, 2022
GASPA was formed in 1966 as a professional organization for persons working in the field of human resources. GASPA provides up-to-date professional development and resources through statewide conferences and through strong partnerships with state agencies and educational organizations. The association prides itself with opportunities for networking with other HR professionals all across the state as well as in GASPA state regional districts.
Active Membership is $75
Retired Membership is $25
Membership year is July 1 – June 30
The Spring Conference June 1 – 3, 2022
The Conference Planning Committee and the Executive Board are working with the staff at the King & Prince to provide a safe and successful conference.
We hope to see you there.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou