Georgia Nonprofit Supports School Finance Reporting Bill


Laurie Kimbrel
Laurie Kimbrel

An educational administrator for more than a decade, Dr. Laurie Kimbrel serves as head of school for Brookhaven Innovation Academy, located in Norcross, Georgia. Dedicated to helping others, Laurie Kimbrel volunteers her time with several organizations, including StudentsFirst and its chapter in Georgia.

A nonprofit organization, StudentsFirst strives to ensure that every child has access to excellent schools and teachers. It believes that teachers make the difference in a child’s life, and that each staff member works to raise awareness about shortcomings in the education system. Thanks to its volunteers, StudentsFirst has helped get more than 130 laws passed and change policies related to education. In March 2016, some of StudentsFirst’s state chapters, including Georgia’s, merged with 50Can, another nonprofit education advocacy group.

One effort made by the Georgia chapter during 2016 was supporting House Bill 659, which requires all schools and districts to give the public detailed financial information. Although the legislation did not get signed into law that year, the Georgia governor has pledged his support, and the organization believes its goal to change policy will be achieved in 2017.


Bristol Hospice Encourages Volunteers to Help Families

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Bristol Hospice

Since April 2016, Dr. Laurie Kimbrel has served as head of school for Brookhaven Innovation Academy in Norcross, Georgia. When not at the public charter school, Laurie Kimbrel volunteers her time in the community, including at Bristol Hospice, LLC, where she is a patient-care volunteer.

The parent company of Bristol Hospice was established in 2006. It offers hospice services through almost a dozen facilities scatters across the country. Each facility strives to provide respect, compassion, and care to its patients and their families. The Georgia facility is found in Atlanta and serves more than 45 of the state’s counties.

Hospices rely heavily on volunteers to give patients end-of-life care services. Many patients receive hospice services at their home or at a hospital, nursing home, or assisted-living facility. As a result, volunteers are called upon to provide a comforting presence for patients and their families, offer caregivers a respite, run errands, and do some light housekeeping.

Occasionally, after a loved one passes, surviving family members wish to become hospice volunteer themselves. Bristol Hospice asks that they wait a minimum of one year before applying.

American Association of School Administrators/ iPD


Laurie Kimbrel
Laurie Kimbrel

Prior to becoming the head of the Brookhaven Innovation Academy, Laurie Kimbrel attended Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, where she received an ED.D degree in curriculum and instruction in 2002. In her professional career as an educator, Laurie Kimbrel is also a member of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

Founded in 1866, the American Association of School Administrators was organized at the meeting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, of the National Teachers Association. The AASA has served since that time as the voice for national public education to those on Capitol Hill, along with providing coaching and technical assistance to school districts. The Association also supports and promotes several different children’s programs, including the Innovative Professional Development Assessment and Redesign (iPD).

The iPD program was created to help school districts look at their current practices and analyze them to find areas of improvement. The iPD also redesigns and enhances teacher professional development and implements policy for more effective systems.

Brookhaven Innovation Academy Embraces Blended Learning

Brookhaven Innovation Academy pic
Brookhaven Innovation Academy

Dr. Laurie Kimbrel currently serves as the Head of School for the Brookhaven Innovation Academy, a public charter school recognized by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia. Part of Dr. Laurie Kimbrel’s job is to help establish the school’s curriculum and instructional program, which utilizes blended learning.

Blended learning is a teaching practice that aims to bring classrooms into the 21st century by utilizing technology to supplement and enhance education. As the name suggests, blended learning blends traditional in-class learning with online learning. Both online and in-person instruction follows the same topics, enabling the two components to complement one another. Blended learning also allows lessons to be personalized to each student, accounting for their interests and personal needs.

The Brookhaven Innovation Academy considers blended learning a core component of the school’s pedagogy. Blended learning affords the school the ability to break students into small groups with others who have a similar level of mastery in a given subject. The added flexibility also offers students more one-on-one attention, with teachers able to move at the pace of each student instead of the entire class.

To learn more about blended learning and the Brookhaven Innovation Academy, visit the school online at