Briefs: Emory Honors Ben Franklin Head

Briefs: Emory Honors Ben Franklin Head

Martha Burdette is the head of school at Ben Franklin Academy.
Martha Burdette is the head of school at Ben Franklin Academy.

Martha Burdette, the head of school at Ben Franklin Academy, received one of the Emory University School of Medicine Dean’s Teaching Awards on Dec. 1 in recognition of “superior teaching of medical and allied health professions students” for many years.

Burdette works with medical school students, residents and fellows referred by Emory as part of Ben Franklin’s clinic work for the community.

Jonathan Lewin, Emory’s executive vice president for health affairs and the president, CEO and chairman of the board of Emory Healthcare, joined the School of Medicine’s interim dean, David Stephens, and executive associate dean, William Eley, in presenting the award to Burdette.

Preschool Fun Day

Congregation Beth Shalom’s Alefbet Preschool at 5303 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody, is holding a fun day Sunday, Jan. 29, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Families can participate in arts and crafts and other activities, meet teachers, have snacks, and enter a raffle for a week of Alefbet camp and other prizes.

RSVP to for the double the raffle chances, or just walk in.

JCC Preschool Adds Transitional Kindergarten

The Marcus Jewish Community Center’s Weinstein School is adding transitional kindergarten to its curriculum, beginning Aug. 7.

“Transitional kindergarten is ideal for children who are young 5-year-olds or children who, after completing pre-K, may benefit from another year to develop emotionally, socially and/or physically before progressing to a public or private kindergarten program,” said Kim Sucan, the director of the Weinstein School. “Parents have expressed a desire for a transitional kindergarten program, and we are very excited to meet their needs and add a fabulous new offering to our preschool.”

According to a study by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), students who attend transitional kindergarten before kindergarten are more advanced than their peers in language, reading and math by as much as five months.

Classes will meet weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., allowing pupils to participate in the Marcus JCC’s after-school program, Club J.

For more information, contact Sucan at 678-812-3834 or

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