Meet the RMSST Administrative Team
Dr. Debra Arnold
Debra Arnold earned her BS from the Illinois State University and then began work on her Masters degree which she completed in 1997. She received her Masters of Science from the State University of New York at Oswego in August of 1997 with a Major in Technology Education. Debra then went on to complete her Doctorate in Education from the University of Georgia in December of 2003. Her area of specialty was STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Mentoring Novice Teachers and Education of the Workforce. She served as the Assistant Director for 10 years as the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology and is now serving as the director.
Debra is married with two children in elementary school, and her husband is an administrator in the school system. Debra sponsors the Peer Mentors at Rockdale Magnet School, which matches incoming freshmen to older children to help younger students adapt to the culture and rigor of high school. Every summer, the Arnold family takes time to travel and camp in an RV. Debra is committed to creating educational family memories with her children that involve spending time together outdoors touring the United States. Debra enjoys all outdoor activities, including hiking, running, kayaking and says this keeps her healthy and young. She is also an avid reader of western novels.
Mrs. Amanda Baskett
Amanda Baskett graduated with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned her masters of curriculum and instruction in science education from the University of Texas Arlington.
Before becoming an administrator, she taught Research and Microbiology to 9th-12th graders for seven years. She is passionate about helping students experience hands-on science and serves as a co-director for the Rockdale Regional Science and Engineering Fair. She created and now co-directs Georgia Tech’s InVenture Challenge, an innovation competition for Georgia high schools. Mrs. Baskett received the Georgia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium’s Science Teacher Award in 2012. She serves as a board member and research committee chair for the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools. She has had research on computational biology education published in Science and has presented her research at the American Society of Microbiology and the National Association for Gifted Children annual meetings.
Amanda is married and has one child who is a toddler and keeps her busy photographing all of the new and amazing things Evelynne is learning to do. Amanda is also an amazing baker and once co-owned a bakery in Covington. Mrs. Baskett still brings in treats for the staff and student organizations that are beyond delicious. She also sponsors the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology Ambassadors Program, which provides student leaders an opportunity to interact with business and community leaders when they visit.
Lauren Lewin attended the University of Georgia and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. For graduate school, she attended The Citadel Military College of South Carolina and received a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education. Mrs. Lewin is a National Board Certified Counselor. Mrs. Lewin has been the Magnet School Counselor for six years. She is trained and specializes in crisis counseling, personal, social, and emotional counseling and support, academic advising and four-year planning, career advising and planning, and college advising and planning.
Mrs. Lewin is a native of Atlanta, GA. She and her husband, Daniel Lewin, live in Atlanta with their dog (Allie) and their cat (Puff Ball). They are avid Georgia Bulldog fans and spend many weekends during football season in Athens cheering on the Dawgs. Mrs. Lewin enjoys doing yard work, walking Allie in the park, traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad, creating and completing house projects, and spending time with friends and family.
Our motto at RMSST is Challenge, Opportunity, Distinction. Our specialized curriculum provides challenging courses in the STEM pathways. Scientific Research connects the classroom with real-world problems and solutions. Scientific Internships extend the classroom to real-world experiences. Specialized Electives like Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Astronomy, Forensic Science, Engineering Design, History of Math and Etymology extend our classroom challenge even further.
Our Students have the opportunity to travel both nationally and internationally. Students have repeatedly placed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and traveled to present their research in France, Japan and Greece. The Rockdale Magnet Math Team has been overall State Champions three times (in 2004, 2005, and 2013) and at least one student from RMSST has been on the Georgia State Math Competition team (ARML) since 2003. Other research conferences and competitions in our Research Exchange Program include the Georgia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (GJSHS), Intel Science Talent Search, Mandelbrot Contest, NCSSSMST Student Research Symposium, Envirothon Competition, and the Young Georgia Authors Competition.
RMSST students have the distinction of being recognized nationally by admissions counselors. The RMSST curriculum prepares students to be successful at top-tier universities and sets our students apart during the college application process. We offer individualized advised with college and career planning, including developing a 5-year plan for each student to match students’ interests to colleges, completing the college application process and applying for financial aid and scholarships. Our students have the unique distinction of meeting with admissions officers and attending college application workshops at the Georgia Institute of Technology.