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 Meet the Administrative Team


Amanda Baskett - Director

Amanda Dyann Baskett is the Director of Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology in Conyers, Georgia. Before becoming an administrator, she taught Research and Microbiology to 9th-12th graders. 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 was a founding teacher for Georgia Tech’s K-12 InVenture Prize, now the state qualifying competition for the National Invention Convention. She has organized a summer STEAM camp for 4th-8th graders for the past 13 summers.    

She received the Georgia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium’s Science Teacher Award in 2012 and was selected by her peers as Magnet Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013. She served as a board member, research committee chair, and awards chair for the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools. She co-authored an article on computational biology education that was published in the August 2013 issue of Science and has presented her research at the American Society of Microbiology and the National Association for Gifted Children annual meetings. 

Amanda graduated with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Technique. She earned her masters of curriculum and instruction in science education from the University of Texas Arlington. She is the proud mom of seven-year-old Evelynne who loves reading and designing with Legos. Amanda and her husband, Kenny, do their best to keep up with Evey as she investigates new things every day.  


                 Dr. Corey Williams – Assistant Director

Prior to accepting the role of Assistant Director of Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, Dr. Corey Williams held the position of Executive Director of School Services for an educational service provider, National Academic Educational Partners.  He worked with school-site administration and district chiefs of staff to implement transformation initiatives for over 20 schools across the country.  He worked to increase student achievement through teacher and administrator job-embedded coaching, professional development, and curriculum development.

Before becoming the Executive Director of School Services, Dr. Williams was a Mathematics Director for the National Academic Educational Partners and a STEM Mathematics Teacher for Newton County College and Career Academy.  He started his career as a Mathematics teacher in Dekalb County.  His goal as a leader is to support the educational experiences of all students at RMSST and to produce lifelong learners.

A Georgia native, Dr. Williams’ educational background consists of receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, a Master of Arts of Teaching with a concentration in Secondary Mathematics, and a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Mathematics from Georgia State University.  Corey is married to Kimberly Williams and they have two children, Kourtney and Cody.

 




About RMSST

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.