Presentation Slides:Student Voice, Straight Talk, and a Culture of Hope
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The Centergy Project was co-founded by Leigh Colburn, the former Director and Founder of the Graduate Marietta Student Success Center in Marietta, Georgia. The Student Success Center is revolutionizing the way we support our high school students within the public education system. As a former administrator of 15 years, Mrs. Colburn recognizes there is a pressing need for new voices in national and local dialogues concerning school reform. These new voices are the voices of the young people in our public schools—students succeeding, students struggling academically and/or emotionally, and the ones that are falling through the cracks. Young people play a vital role in understanding what’s working and what could be better at their schools. These students are critical stakeholders in the process of developing new resources within their school. Over fifty local and statewide agencies have partnered with Colburn and are currently providing Marietta’s students with services related to academics, job skills development, counseling, and family and student support. The innovative model at Marietta High School is gaining state and national attention and has the potential to become a new model for educating today’s teens.
The Centergy Project provides consulting services to schools who wish to join the movement of honoring student voice to meet the academic and non-academic needs of their students and families. By helping forge meaningful partnerships within the local community, schools can create a culture of hope where teens can build a bright future.
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Leigh Colburn
Leigh Colburn is a career educator, community leader, and educational consultant working with school districts who wish to create wrap-around service opportunities for their students and families. For ten years, Leigh proudly served as the principal of Marietta High School until founding the Graduate Marietta Student Success Center on July 1, 2015. As Director of the Success Center, she established dynamic partnerships with the Marietta Board of Education, the City Council, public safety departments, and community groups to improve the quality of life for Marietta’s teens. During her career with Marietta City Schools, Leigh garnered many awards such as One of 75 Notable Women in Cobb County History, the Cobb County Creating Community Award, Marietta High School Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Marietta City Schools Employee of the Year, Marietta’s Citizen of the Year, and Woman of the Year by liveSAFE Resources.
Leigh and her husband, Doug, have raised two sons who attended Marietta High School. Her oldest son, John, is currently attending seminary at Samford University and her younger son, Phillip, is pursuing a career in public safety and serving proudly as a member of the United States Army.
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Ms. Linda Beggs
Linda Beggs is a veteran facilitator focused on helping organizations and individuals work better together to produce results. Linda’s extensive work in schools and nonprofits, paired with her background in corporate culture and change management, prepared her to engage schools to create the high-trust culture essential to implement a wrap-around resource center. Linda is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the EQ-i and worked for over ten years as a consultant with Franklin Covey. Her client list includes Chattahoochee Tech, Cobb County School System, liveSAFE Resources, Center for Family Resources, Arthur Blank Family of Companies, Cobb EMC, Honda, Pepsi, Duracell, WellStar, Lockheed Martin, and The Southern Company.
Linda is active in her community in Marietta Georgia, serving on various Boards and committees including Leadership Engaged, Mentoring for Leadership, liveSAFE Women of Achievement, and Marietta High School PTA. She is a graduate and past chair of Leadership Cobb. She enjoys studying with the Anne Hudgins Shakespeare Class.
Linda is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. She and her husband have two daughters—one a junior at the University of Georgia and one a senior at Marietta High School.