GCAE Elected Officers

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Brian Westlake
President
Teacher, Berkmar HS

My name is Brian Westlake, and I am humbled by the opportunity to serve you and our association, the Gwinnett County Association of Educators, as your new president.  For nearly two decades, I have proudly taught social studies at Berkmar High School.  I consider myself a Georgian, but I grew up in Florida and moved here after serving four years in the United States Marine Corps and attending college at Florida State University.  I have been an active member of GCAE/GAE/NEA most of my career—serving on the board of both GCAE and GAE, and serving as a delegate to eight NEA Representative Assemblies.  I believe in the power of collective action to lift the voices of those rarely heard in policy making…the bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, paraprofessionals, classroom teachers, media specialists, counselors, and other support staff who impact the lives of students everyday.  When we support those who serve students, our children benefit!  One of my proudest career moments was when my vision to reimagine public schools resonated with over 60,000 Georgians who trusted me with their vote for State School Superintendent.  I now look forward to working together with you to build the schools our children truly deserve!  In solidarity always and forever!

I'd be remiss if I did not thank our outgoing officers for their past service to our association.  Thank you!

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Nicole Trimble
Vice President
Teacher, Arcado ES

Greetings, my name is Nicole Trimble and I have been an educator for over 20 years. After leaving my hometown of Gary, IN, I finished college in Alabama and began working with Alabama Education Association before relocating to Georgia and working with GCAE, GAE and NEA. Both my BA and MEd are in Early Childhood Education and my EdS is in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Higher Education. As an advocate of Gifted Education, I also serve on the board of Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education (GAGE). I hold Coaching, Gifted, and ESOL endorsements. Since joining GCAE/GAE in 2003, I have served in many capacities within our organization. I have served as an AR, a Cluster Leader, and as Secretary. As an advocate for Public Education, it is an honor to work towards continuous improvement. I look forward to working closely with members to make our association better than ever.

"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it." Marion Wright Edelman

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Jonathan Dixson
Treasurer
Teacher, Annistown ES

My name is Jonathan Dixson and I am your new Treasurer. I have been a resident here in Gwinnett County since 2016. I was born in New York, and attained my first AS degree in Childhood education in my late 30’s. Soon thereafter, I attained my second B.S.degree in Special Education Studies. Then my third M.A.T. degree here in GA, by attending Georgia Southern University, majoring in Special Education General Curriculum P-12. I am currently in my fourth year as an Interrelated Resource Teacher (IRR) here in GCPS. I am a career switcher from the private sector of telecommunications with over 20 years of experience in a local union. I joined GAE in 2018, became an ELI (Early Leadership Institute) member, and cluster leader all within the same year. My mission as your Treasurer is simple yet complex: listen and grow the membership, have and keep transparency of the financials, specialize in advocating for special education staff and procedures, as well as hold all members of our board accountable through pellucid acts throughout our tenure. 

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Danielle Brown
Secretary
Teacher, Annistown ES

My name is Danielle Brown and I am elated to serve you and other members as the secretary of GCAE. I have been a GAE member since I was in school for my undergrad degree. Once I became an educator, I began to be more involved in the organization. I was the chairperson for the Relay for Life committee, I was a cluster leader for Shiloh I was also a part of the ELI (Early Learning Institute) program sponsored by GAE for early educators or educators who were new to the field of teaching. I was lead to teaching in Gwinnett because I’ve attended Gwinnett County public schools as a student from elementary to high school (Norton Elementary, Pinckneyville Middle, and Norcross High). In 2014, I received my dual Bachelor’s degree in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Special Education (adapted curriculum) from Albany State University. After graduating in December 2014, I became a substitute teacher while I awaited a teaching position. In 2015, I began my career as an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Level 2 teacher at Sweetwater Middle School for two years. I eventually transitioned to Annistown Elementary where I have spent the last 4 years of teaching in a MOID (Moderate Intellectual Disabilities). While at Anniston Elementary School, I decided to further my career in special education. In 2019, I received my master’s degree in the field of Special Education (general curriculum) from Albany State University.  While I have only been teaching for a short period, I look forward to connecting and working with all the members towards building a stronger GCAE that will benefit all members and the students we serve. 

Board Members

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Rachel Ash
Cluster Rep - Parkview
Teacher, Parkview HS

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Juliet Cassidy-Floyd
Cluster Rep - Discovery 
Organizing Committee Chair
Teacher, Discovery HS

 

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Alison Cundiff
PAC Legislative Committee
Teacher, Duluth MS

Amber Karasik
Review Board Chair
Teacher, Jenkins ES

Sheri Johnson
Cluster Rep - Central Gwinnett
Teacher, Simonton ES

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Gissia Nunez
Berkmar Cluster Rep
Teacher, Bethesda ES

 

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Shannon Rollins
Elections Chair
Teacher, Central Gwinnett HS

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Gail Thompson
Duluth Cluster Rep.
Teacher, Chattahoochee ES

Char Wells
Meadowcreek Cluster Rep.
Teacher, Meadowcreek ES

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Jennifer Wurschinger
Grayson Cluster Rep.
Teacher, Bay Creek MS