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JANUARY 26, 2000

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Teacher feature: Rob McMaken
Upperclassmen noticed a new face among the teaching staff when they returned to school at the beginning of the school year.
Rob McMaken, a social studies teacher, came to Athens to get his master's degree after spending a year in Nara, Japan, teaching English to high school students. He has been at Madison County since the beginning of the school year.
"Being here has been a great introduction to teaching," he said. "Because everybody has been so friendly."
Growing up in Doraville, McMaken says he has wanted to be a teacher ever since he was in high school.
When he's not teaching, McMaken coaches the JV girls' softball and basketball teams. He has also been studying and teaching the Japanese martial art of aikido for six years. He studied jazz guitar in New Orleans, and enjoys playing Irish and Appalachian music in Athens.

Shelley Bates has a love for sports
For years, junior Shelley Bates has loved sports. Both as a spectator and a player, Shelley has enjoyed every aspect of the sports world. She plays the position of catcher on the Red Raider varsity fast-pitch softball team and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Shelley was named the NovaCare Athlete of the month last September and also won the "Gatorade Will to Win" award for best defense.
Sports aside, Shelley has always been a model student. She is treasurer of the junior class and a member of the National Honor Society. She also joined PRIDE, a program that educates elementary school students about the dangers of drug abuse, this year.
"I really enjoy going to the schools to teach the younger kids because they look up to older kids so much," Shelley said.
In her spare time, Shelley likes to hang out with friends, watch and play sports, and go to movies. She adds that she is experienced in counseling her friends with her good advice and listening ear.
Her plans after high school include attending the University of Georgia where she wants to major in either teaching or pharmacy.


GED to be given at Athens Area Technical Institute
The Tests of General Educational Development (GED) will be administered on Tuesday, Feb. 1, and Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Athens Campus of Athens Area Technical Institute.
The testing sessions, which will be given in Room 508 of the Paul C. Broun Building, will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue until around 10 p.m. both evenings. People taking the tests must attend both sessions. A photo identification card is required for admission into the testing sessions.
Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling (706) 355-5027 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
The Athens Campus of Athens Area Technical Institute is located at 800 U.S. Highway 29 N.
The GED examination consists of five tests in the areas of writing skills, social studies, science, literature and the arts, and mathematics. The cost for the full test battery is $45, and the charge for retests is $9 in each area.
Athens Area Technical Institute offers basic reading and math classes and GED preparation classes in Madison County through the institution's Adult Education Program. Classes are held at the Madison County Career Opportunity Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon until 8 p.m. and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The Center is located at 282 Spring Circle, Comer.
GED prep classes are taught at the Madison County High School in Danielsville on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Daytime GED classes are held at the Madison County Library in Danielsville from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
For more information on the adult education classes, call the Madison County Career Opportunity Center at (706) 783-5308.

Danielsville Elem. parent conferences planned
Danielsville Elementary School will be holding schoolwide parent conferences from Feb. 7 to 10. Parents are invited and encouraged to schedule a conference with their child's teacher(s). Information letters and sign-up sheets will be sent home with students in the coming weeks.
Other activities will be held along with parent conferences, including the annual book fair. A parent resource table will be available with information and materials on topics of interest to parents, including homework help, discipline, special needs and others. Also, information regarding various community resources and services is planned. Refreshments will be served and child care will be available at specified times.

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