Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals
PO Box 6445
Athens Georgia, Georgia 30604

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Hal Beaver, GAESP Executive Director
Phone:  706-250-4805

GAESP 2019 National Distinguished Principal
Veteran Monroe County Educator Dr. Dick Bazemore Honored
as 2019 Georgia National Distinguished Principal

National K-12 Publisher Mentoring Minds Partners with Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals to Recognize Bazemore for Excellence in School Leadership

Forsyth, Georgia (May 24, 2019) – Dr. Richard Bazemore, principal at T. G. Scott Elementary School in Forsyth ,Georgia was named the Georgia 2019 National Distinguished Principal by the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals (GAESP). Dr. Bazemore will be awarded a check for $2,000 through the sponsorship of national K-12 publisher Mentoring Minds, a partner of GAESP. He and his fellow state winners will be honored during the 2019 National Distinguished Principal event in October in Washington, D.C.

“Dr. Bazemore’s commitment to excellence is reflected in programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all children and the establishment of community ties with parents and local business organizations,” said Hal Beaver, executive director, GAESP. “He has put the progress and the well-being of every child at the forefront of school planning and operations and his students are on the road to a quality education because of his efforts.”

Dr. Bazemore has been principal of T.G. Scott Elementary for the past fifteen years and began with a strong vision from the very start. Dr. Bazemore was committed to creating a warm and inviting environment for all his students and staff from day one. In 2018, T. G. Scott was one of eighty-one schools out of thirteen-hundred to be named to be named a Georgia Highest Performing Title I Rewards School recognizing the top 5% in the state.

Teachers at T. G. Scott Elementary School recognize Dr. Bazemore as “a consummate professional, dynamic leader, and effective communicator,” and praise him for spending time in the classrooms and at school events in order to make his presence known to students, staff, and parents.

“In addition to his outstanding performance in the education arena, Dr. Bazemore is a true public servant who gives selflessly of his time to serve his community. He has been a member of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission since 2006 and will become the Chairman of the Board later this year. He and I have served on the Board together for several years and I can personally attest to his unwavering devotion,” stated Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson.

As an instructional leader, he consistently exhibits the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to ensure success for his students and staff. “Dr. Bazemore model’s collaboration by empowering his entire staff to help lead the work with the implementation of data team professional learning,” states Superintendent Mike Hickman.

“Dr. Bazemore has met the challenges at his school head on, providing innovative solutions that have not only had a positive impact on his students, but on the community around them, making him a true trailblazer,” said Shad Madsen, CEO of Mentoring Minds. “We are proud to partner with GAESP to recognize him as Georgia’s 2019 National Distinguished Principal.”

“School principals commit their professional lives to educational excellence and their personal lives to children,” said Hal Beaver, GAESP Executive Director. “They are uniquely dedicated public servants who rarely receive the kind of public recognition they deserve.”

Dr. Bazemore earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. He returned to college, obtaining a master’s degree from Georgia Southwestern University, and an Educational Doctorate in Leadership from NOVA Southeastern University.

About the National Distinguished Principals Program:

The National Distinguished Principals program honors outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators who ensure that America’s children acquire a sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. Established in 1984, the program recognizes and celebrates principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staffs in their learning communities. The program is based on three fundamental ideas:

  • Children’s attitudes towards learning and their perceptions of themselves as lifelong learners are established in the beginning school years.
  • The scope and quality of children’s educational experiences are determined primarily by the school principal, who establishes, through the important work of teachers and the support of caring parents, the character of a particular school’s program.
  • The dedication and enthusiasm of the outstanding principals who guide children’s early education experiences should be acknowledged to both show appreciation for their work as well as to allow them to serve as models for others in the field.

About Mentoring Minds, the Critical Thinking for Life Company:

Mentoring Minds is a national K-12 publisher with a mission to put critical thinking at the center of the classroom in order to support student achievement and empower educators to teach to higher standards. Mentoring Minds’ award-winning, research-based resources are designed to be flexible for classroom needs, supporting technology integration and standards mastery for Math, ELA and Science. Mentoring Minds’ commitment to education extends beyond the classroom, as well; the company proudly sponsors groundbreaking administrators across the nation and supports community-based education initiatives through MindShare, an employee-driven grant program. For more information, call 800-585-5258 or visit