Monday, February 27, 2017

Destiny’s Daughters of Promise - Girls to Women Symposium

A graduate of Loyola University in Chicago with a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, Laurie Kimbrel has held several leadership roles in education, including a position as superintendent of Tamalpais Union High School District in Larkspur, California. Outside of her current role as Brookhaven Innovation Academy's head of school in Norcross, Georgia, Laurie Kimbrel volunteers for Destiny’s Daughters of Promise.

Dedicated to helping teenage girls become strong leaders, Destiny’s Daughters of Promise will host its fifth annual Girls to Women Symposium at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel and Conference Center in Marietta, Georgia, on May 6. The keynote speaker for the 2017 event will be Teya Ryan, president and chief executive officer of Georgia Public Broadcasting Media. 

The symposium will bring together some 50 professional women to serve as mentors and panelists and lead small group discussions with the girls. Destiny’s Daughters of Promise is accepting donations to fund the Girls to Women Symposium and is recruiting volunteers to serve as mentors to the teenage girls as they learn to become confident leaders. For more information, visit

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Prevent Puppies from Biting

Previously employed as the superintendent of Tamalpais Union High School District in Larkspur, California, Laurie Kimbrel is now the head of school for Brookhaven Innovation Academy in Norcross, Georgia. In her spare time, Laurie Kimbrel enjoys her hobby of dog training. 

One of the most important considerations in dog training is to manage and limit puppy biting habits. While puppy nipping and biting can seem cute and playful, it should be quickly put under control to avoid future problems.

When a young puppy is teething, its desire to sink its teeth into anything it encounters is both natural and healthy, but it is still necessary and easy to control this behavior even at this stage. It is best to start to train your young canine while it still has a tender mouth.

It is always good to consider regular dog behavioral training in such cases, as the principles are somewhat universal:

- Don’t hit a puppy in the face. This message is incomprehensible to a canine, and it may lead to worse problems in the future.

- Encourage good behavior and discourage unacceptable behavior (hint - biting is unacceptable).

- Never rough house or play tug of war with a puppy when training it not to bite, as this will increase its propensity to bite.

- Whatever method has been chosen to prevent biting must be used by any human being who has contact with the dog.

- Be consistent. The puppy must understand that biting is never allowed, and the owner must communicate this unequivocally.

- Biting can be an attempt by the puppy to assert dominance, and if allowed this will lead to bigger behavioral issues in the future. The human being must be in charge.